'Small Axe' Star Letitia Wright on Working With John Boyega, Recreating the Mangrove Nine Story

“Small Axe” star Letitia Wright joins Variety where she dives into her recent experience transforming into British activist Altheia Jones-LeCointe for the Steve McQueen anthology. Known as one of the Mangrove Nine, Jones-LeCointe was one of the peaceful protesters who were arrested in 1970 after a march turned into a confrontation with police.

“This story hasn’t been told in a mainstream, cinematic and media way before, so you’re a bit nervous because you want to do it justice, you want to represent her right,” Wright tells Variety of playing the real-life figure.

Also, though the two don’t work on-screen together, Wright and co-star John Boyega talk about their shared experiences working on the series.



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