Earlier today, on his Facebook page, Nigerian director Tunde Kelani revealed the newly-built website for his upcoming adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare's Dazzling Mirage, as well as the film's full starring cast.
Joining the aforementioned (and fellow Nigerian filmmaker - and actor) Kunle Afolayan, in the Dazzling Mirage starring cast will be Kemi Lala Akindoju, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Yomi Fash Lanso, Bimbo Manuel, Ayo Badmus, and Tosin Bucknor.
The novel's story revolves around a female sickle cell carrier and the seemingly endless flow of problems that enter into her life as a result of her genes.
Betrayal, loyalty, love, travails, and triumphs against the physical pains, emotional trauma are experienced in the life of the sufferer as she forges ahead in the quest to be self fulfilled. It also unveils and challenges certain myths around about sickle cell sufferers.
Director Kelani added this in a statement:
‘’Even then it is an interesting love story, because all of us are connected directly or indirectly to the sufferers of this ailment. I’m intrigued by the writer’s approach to weave a love story with it and that to me, it is an attraction. I have also had personal relationship with sufferers of this ailment and I consider it my responsibility to bring their story to fore.’’
Kelani has officially commissioned award-winning London-based Nigerian screenwriter Ade Solanke to adapt the book, which she's apparently doing right now. Solanke's resume is quite impressive, so this should be a well-written work.
Production on Dazzling Mirage is schedule to begin in 2 days - August 14th. I'm glad to see director Kelani embrace social media as he has thus far, ensuring that fans and press alike can keep up with the production's progress.
Kelani's last film, MAAMi played on the international film festival circuit, and opened in Nigeria last year. It's now available on VOD/Digital so more of us around the world can see it.
Below you'll find an early promo poster for Dazzling Mirage: