We are inching closer to the release of Ifan Michael’s highly anticipated The Foreigner’s God. The director, producer, and production designer just dropped the first official teaser for the supernatural period drama on his Instagram page.
The film is set in 1947’s Enugu. It is a supernatural tale that follows English photographer, Pepper Claude, who visits the Igbo land in a search of a story. The story unravels when his bodyguard disappears mysteriously and he falls in a love with one of the accused, Anya. He is convinced she is innocent and that tribal discrimination is at play, so he commits to freeing her and her people until a chain of unforeseen events sends his world spiraling out of control.
You can watch the chilling teaser for The Foreigner God below.
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the journey….. late 2018 was a crazy time for me. I had begun the Foreigner's God project as a producer / costume designer but nothing prepared me to be the director. My directing options had all failed, I was in deep trouble and I was losing money. For months I was confused, even more whenever I looked at the script. Where would I go from here? What would I do? @ceo_kayc would certainly kill me or send me to jail! 😂 I was fast losing my mind. Then 4am one fateful morning, it struck. Why not direct Foreigner's God yourself? I had doubts but a few close allies kept faith. You can do this! They were all certainly crazy or so I thought! Afterwards, I took up the challenge and decided to try my first ever directing job. Let me say this: I was not perfect. I was naive and certainly could do better, but one thing stood strong for me; the vision for the project. After a stormy 8 month period of good and bad times, I can't wait to show you a glimpse of my first attempt not because it is perfect but because I never believed it could ever be done . Here I am, just clocking 28, looking at my first attempt as a film director and increasingly passionate about finding my voice and changing the narrative in the Nigerian Film Industry. Here I am grateful to all who believed and to everyone who stood through it all. Eureka! It is time! 🙏🎥
Period pieces are scarce in Nollywood, but this year Nigerian filmmakers are spoiling us. 1929, released earlier this year, explored the 1929 Women War in Ikot Abasi. Imoh Umoren’s The Herbert Macaulay Affair, coming out this September, is a portrait of the life of Nigerian Nationalist, Herbert Macaulay, and Badamasi: Portrait of a General is focused on the life of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
Ifan’s The Foreigner’s God is a more ambitious project than the other two. It is a blockbuster period drama starring Nollywood veterans such as Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Sam Dede, and Eucharia Anunobi alongside contemporary stars, Toyin Abraham, Ini Dinma-Okojie, Frank Donga, and Toni Tones. Its supernatural angle makes it even more appealing as supernaturalism, which was quite popular in the early days of Nollywood, is almost absent today.
There is no official release date at the moment, but a 2019 release seems imminent.