Trailer & US release set for animated film 'Bilal', starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jacob Latimore and China Anne McClain

12 January 2018

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Actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jacob Latimore, Ian McShane and China Anne McClain all voice starring characters in Abu Dhabi-based Barajoun Entertainment's first feature film production, Bilal: A New Breed of Hero.

The story is based on the thousand year old true story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, a freed slave of Ethiopian origin, abducted with his sister, who converted to Islam and became a trusted companion of the Prophet Muhammad after he gained his freedom

A team of about 250 animation professionals (including some who have worked on movies such as Shrek, Life of Pi, Star Wars and The Avengers) worked to bring the project to life.

“My inspiration was my kid, and myself,” says Ayman Jamal, the screenwriter, founder and managing partner of Barajoun Entertainment. “When I watched movies like Braveheart or Malcolm X when I was in my late 20s and early 30s, I was inspired. Why wasn’t I inspired when I was 10, I asked myself? I asked my 5-year-old son what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said: ‘Superman’. I love Superman, but I wish he’d said something possible, and I wanted to create this. To inspire kids with a real human superhero that they can aspire to.”

Read the full article and watch the trailer on Shadow & Act here.