Gugu Mbatha-Raw will join the cast of Farming, the directorial debut from Nigerian-British writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

The film is based on the autobiographical story from Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Annenberg’s award-winning screenplay, which was developed at the Sundance Film Institute, and chronicles his own story growing up fostered by a white working-class family in the UK.

Throughout the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working-class families in the UK and as they were in private foster care, many of them were never registered with social services, making them invisible to the authorities. Growing up in white communities across the country, these children slowly lost their cultural identity and many were never reunited with their parents.

The cast will also include Kate Beckinsale and Damson Idris.

Michael London (Trumbo, Sideways) and Janice Williams produce through Groundswell Productions with Francois Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire) through Montebello Productions as well as Charles de Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros and Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Production is scheduled to begin in August in the UK and Nigeria.

Mbatha-Raw recently starred opposite Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast.  Her recent credits also include Miss Sloane, and the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror.  She can be seen next in Paramount’s upcoming Cloverfield movie and in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava DuVernay.