Clarke matures to director on 'Adulthood'


LONDON -- Actor-writer Noel Clarke will make his directorial debut with "Adulthood," the follow-up to the cult hit "Kidulthood," which he wrote and starred in, the producers said Wednesday.

"Adulthood" will see Clarke return to play the rough and tough London street hood in his follow-up script backed by Pathe, the U.K. Film Council and Limelight.

Damian Jones and George Isaac also return to produce the project, which begins shooting this week in the British capital.

The script reprises Clarke's role as Sam Peel, who finds himself jailed for six years after killing someone at the end of "Kidulthood."

"Adulthood" begins six years on, with Peel released from prison to find life no easier on the outside with people looking for revenge.

Joining Clarke from the original film are actors Adam Deacon, Femi Oyeniran, Red Madrell, Cornell John and Madelaine Fairley along with newcomers Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jacob Anderson, Shanika Warren Markland, Nathan Constance, Don Klass and Arnold Oceng as well as rappers Ben "Plan B" Drew and Shystie.

A Cipher Film/DJ Film Production in association with TMC, "Adulthood" will be sold by sales agent Independent at the upcoming American Film Market.