Following major success with his supporting role in Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, and garnering praise for his recent speech in parliament, Riz Ahmed returns to our screens now as a Hollywood biggie with City of Tiny Lights.
Ahmed, plays Tommy Akhtar a cricket fan, devoted son to an ailing father and deadbeat private eye, in the film. Tommy has got an office above a cab firm, a taste for cigarettes and bourbon, and a finely tuned moral compass that he keeps hidden behind a sharp cynicism. When Tommy walks into his office one morning to find high-class prostitute Melody seeking his help, he’s launched into a story that plays as an utterly original modern noir.
Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Dredd), Riz Ahmed stars alongside Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Yerma) as Shelley, Tommy’s long-lost love. The ensemble cast includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The Inbetweeners) and Roshan Seth (Indian Summers, My Beautiful Laundrette). Rebecca O’Brien (I, Daniel Blake) produces.
Set in West London, CITY OF TINY LIGHTS is co-written by author Patrick Neate, and based on his novel of the same name. It is a unique portrait of contemporary London as a teeming multicultural metropolis where nothing is as it seems.
The film releases in cinemas on 7 April.