Paramount’s Paramount Players have announced they’re going into business with Daniel Kaluuya.

The studio has agreed to a first look deal with Kaluuya’s production company 59%. Amandla Crichlow and Rowan Riley have also been announced as 59%’s Development Executive and VP of Development & Production, respectively.

“Over the years, I’ve been blessed to make work that speaks to audiences I identify with whilst pushing the envelope on what’s possible,” he said. “59% will be the home to continue that in a producorial capacity, to bridge the gap between the next wave of storytellers and studios. I’m excited that in Paramount Players, I have found a partner that shares the same drive and belief to make cinema that is honest, reflective, inclusive and authored.”

Paramount Players’ Executive VPs of Development Ali Bell and Matt Dines also released a statement saying, “Daniel Kaluuya has always made fearless and bold choices as an actor–pushing the conversation and redefining contemporary culture. Knowing he has the same passion and integrity as a producer made him an obvious fit to partner with Paramount Players. We are so excited to partner with Daniel on the launch of his company and create a platform for a new generation of filmmakers.”

Kaluuya’s next appearance on the big screen will be, Melina Matsoukas’ Queen & Slim, which is due later this year.


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