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HBO series The Night Of may have wrapped up this past Sunday, but its breakout star Riz Ahmed is making his way to the big screen in his first leading role in neo-noir thriller City of Tiny Lights. The film follows private eye Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed) through modern-day London as his missing-person case devolves into a dangerous case of intrigue that drudges up secrets from his past.
The Pete Travis-directed film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12.
Ahmed, who gained critical acclaim for his nuanced turn as a murder suspect in the HBO drama, joins the other side of the justice system as a detective in this new film, which Patrick Neate adapted from his own novel. With this film and an upcoming role in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ahmed is a quickly rising star.
In this exclusive clip debuting at The Hollywood Reporter, a roughed-up Tommy visits ex-girlfriend Shelley (Billie Piper, Doctor Who) at the restaurant where she works. They exchange some playful banter. “Look at us, we’re old,” she says. “Speak for yourself,” he replies.
While she nurses his wounds and advises him to get stitches, they discuss their failed relationship. “What happened to us?” she asks.
Watch the exclusive clip above.
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