It’s no secret, Chewing Gum creator and star Michaela Coel is brilliant. Her hit comedy has garnered rave reviews (and awards!) on both sides of the pond, but most fans had no idea the actress wrote every single episode of the show. Coel, an award-winning playwright and poet, took to Twitter to explain why Chewing Gum only has six episodes per season. In short? She’s doing it all on her own. But the British bombshell also has other projects in the works, including the upcoming musical Been So Long.
Written by Ché Walker, Been So Long is officially described as “a neon soaked, modern day romance set on the streets of London’s musical hot-bed of Camden.” The film, which was originally written by Walker for the stage, follows Simone (Coel), a single mom who meets a a handsome stranger named Raymond (Arinzé Kene) while out for a rare night on the town with her friends. The musical also tackles the issue of rapid gentrification in London and has been described as “spirited and lively” and distinctively British. Fabien Westerhoff, CEO of Film Constellation, the firm behind the project, said the film is a “refreshing new musical, exploring desire and ambition from a female perspective.”
Filming on the project just wrapped–hence the gorgeous production still of Coel and Kene from the movie–and Film Constellation plans to introduce it to buyers at the Cannes Film Market later this month.
Directed by Tinge Krishnan, Been So Long also stars George MacKay, Ronke Adekoluejo, Luke Norris, and Rakie Ayola.
It’s slated for a 2018 release.