Netflix has purchased worldwide rights of the London-set musical Been So Long, starring Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and Arinzé Kene (The Pass).

This deal will make history as it is Netflix’s largest single acquisition of a UK film

Described by Film Constellation’s founder and CEO Fabien Westerhoff as a “refreshing new musical, exploring desire and ambition from a female perspective.”  The musical is set on the streets of Camden, North London and will feature a soundtrack of RnB, nu-soul, UK dance and cinematic orchestration. It is based on the 2009 musical, Legends of Tomorrow, by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill.  Coel stars as a dedicated single mother who, on an unusual night on the town, is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger, played by Arinzé Kene.

Been So Long is the second feature from director Tinge Krishnan. Krishnan won a BAFTA Film Award in 2001 for her short film Shadowscan and made her feature debut with 2011’s Junkhearts, starring Eddie Marsan.  It is produced by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks for Greenacre. Lizzie Francke and Eva Yates serve as executive producers on behalf of the BFI and Film4.

Coel is a rising British star following the success of her hit comedy Chewing Gum, which she created, writes and stars in. She won a BAFTA Television Award in April for best female performance in a comedy program for the show, which airs on E4 in the U.K. and Netflix in the U.S. Been So Long will mark her first lead role in a movie following a supporting role in sci-fi sequel Monsters: Dark Continent.

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