Casting News: 'Small Axe' Actor Malachi Kirby to Star in Neil Gaiman's 'Anansi Boys' Series

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Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys series has found its lead: rising star Malachi Kirby, who recently won a BAFTA TV Award for his performance in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series.

Kirby will play dual roles in the fantasy adaptation: Charlie Nancy and his brother Spider, Variety reports. The series centers on Charlie, a young man who discovers that his late, estranged father was the trickster God of stories. Following the patriarch's death, Charlie's more self-assured and unpredictable brother Spider enters his life.

"Malachi Kirby is an actor of astonishing sensitivity, charm, and power," Gaiman said. "We needed somebody who could bring us the humanity of Charlie and the godly dangerousness of Spider; who could play two very different characters and who could in many ways carry the show. We found Malachi, and I am so thrilled that we did. He's astonishing."

Kirby will star opposite Delroy Lindo, whose casting as Charlie and Spider's father Mr. Nancy was announced in July. Gaiman is serving as an executive producer on the series, which is in the works at Amazon, as well as writing it alongside Lenny Henry.

In addition to his BAFTA-winning performance in Small Axe, in which he portrayed British broadcaster and racial justice campaigner Darcus Howe, Kirby's credits include the Black Mirror episode "Men Against Fire" and the Doctor Who episode "Hell Bent."

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