Idris Elba and Babou Ceesay fight for racial equality in first trailer for period drama Guerrilla

Freida Pinto also stars in the political drama from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley

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The first trailer for new Sky Atlantic and Showtime series Guerrilla transports us to 1970s London, where political activists and a racist police force fight tooth and nail during the Black Power movement.    

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The six-part drama is written and directed by John Ridley, best known for 12 Years a Slave, which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2014.

Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay play Jas and Marcus, who along with their friends, take on the police, putting their relationship to the test. 

Luther star Idris Elba executive produces and stars as Kent, a second generation Brit who wants equality for black people in Britain to be reached through peaceful and intellectual means.

Elba said, “I’ve had the honour of working on both sides of the screen on this project and coming back to my home town, working in East London, has made this experience, this story, even more personal. I know one thing for sure: this is a very special drama.”

In the trailer, Ceesay’s voice echoes out, “But when you’re black and British, there’s a constant struggle to understand who you really are – a citizen or a visitor.” We are given a glimpse into the protests, the violence, and the difficult decisions that will permeate Guerrilla.

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Guerrilla begins on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 13th April