Fela Kuti Movie

Fela Kuti movie production status is currently Pre-Production

September 17, 2013 • Key talent and film crew being hired; budgeting, preparing and planning of production schedule; approving final shooting script. Andrew Dosunmu is on-board to direct the film.

Who's Involved:

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Steve McQueen, Andrew Dosunmu, Biyi Bandele, Chris Abani, Leigh Blake

Release Date:

To Be Announced (TBA)


Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

A human rights activist, sexual revolutionary, and political maverick, Fela Kuti was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was the king of Afrobeat, a fusion of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, and Yoruba chants and rhythms. Taking on Nigeria’s rapidly changing and often corrupt government in the 1970s, Fela pushed boundaries in art and life. His legacy as a charismatic visionary continues to inspire the contemporary hip-hop world and generations of artists who believe in the power of music to transform people and cultures.

official plot version from focusfeatures.com

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Who stars in Fela Kuti: Cast List

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" , "Infinite"  

Who's making Fela Kuti: Crew List

A look at the Fela Kuti behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Andrew Dosunmu last directed Mother of George and Restless City. The film's writer Biyi Bandele last wrote Half of a Yellow Sun.


Leigh Blake
Lydia Dean Pilcher

Production Company

Focus Features

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Production: What we know about Fela Kuti?

Key Facts

  1. The production's source material is Michael Veal's 2000 book "Fela: The Life and Times of An African Musical Icon", and is not an adaptation of, or affiliated with, the Broadway musical Fela! Fela Kuti will include original music from the performer himself.

Filming Timeline

  1. September 2013: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  2. Andrew Dosunmu is on-board to direct the film.

  3. December 2009: The film was in Development status.

Fela Kuti Release Date: When is the film coming out?

Fela Kuti is coming out To Be Announced (TBA).

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