Everything We Know About 'Top Boy' Season Three
Netflix is rebooting Channel 4 drama Top Boy for a third season, much to delight of fans of the gritty crime drama series.
Top Boy will be returning for a new series set to debut on the streaming giant's subscription platform later this year. Most excitingly, the revived series will be executive produced by rapper Drake.
Ahead of the series dropping, here's everything you need to about Top Boy season three.
What's the plot?
According to a Netflix press release, the new episodes "pick up as Dushane [...] returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market".
It adds: "He teams up with Sully (Kane Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile - prison - comes to an end.
"Awaiting them both is Jamie (Micheal Ward), the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully."
Is there a trailer?
Netflix dropped a two minute-long preview for the project last month. You can watch the gripping new trailer here:
What about seasons one and two?
The first series was broadcast in the UK in 2011 with the second in 2013, and both seasons are now available to watch globally on Netflix.
The first and second series were just four episodes long, but this time the third season will comprise of 10 instalments.
Series one followed the rise of local drug dealers Dushane and Sully, and the harsh world that they were living in, all set in London.
And season two followed the next chapter, seeing the pair turn into rivals in a world of drugs and violence in the British capital.
Who will be in it?
Fans will be pleased to hear that Ashley Walters (Bulletproof, Sugarhouse) and Kane Robinson will reprise their roles as Dushane and Sully for the next series.
The OG cast will be joined by newcomer Michael Ward as Jamie, of The A List and Blue Story fame. Shone Romulus returns as Dris and Ashley Thomas returns as Jermaine.
Also appearing are music artists Simbi Ajikawo (Little Simz), and David Omoregie.
New cast members include Lisa Dwan (Trust), Jasmine Jobson (Lie Low, Obey), Kadeem Ramsay (Sex Education, Blue Story), Saffron Hocking (London Kills, White Gold), Kola Bokinni (Hunter, Killer, Black Mirror) and Hope Ikpoku.
Series veteran Ashley Walters said of the new series: "Top Boy is a raw, real representation of street culture. It explores how these characters came to make the choices they make, and gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look as to what is happening on our streets today.
"It needs to be talked about and the show doesn't shy away from giving us the platform to tell our story. We can't change things if we do not acknowledge it and understand it first. Netflix is the perfect platform for this show, there aren't many networks who would be brave enough to keep it this real."
Who's working on season three?
Drake has signed up to executive produce Top Boy after being gripped by the first and second seasons.
He told the Hollywood Reporter: "That human element drew me in.
"I started just looking them up. Like, who are these people? Are these actors I should know? Are they just famous over there? I remember I hit Future, and I was just like, 'This show is incredible'."
The series is executive produced by the original creative team, too. Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind returns alongside Ronan Bennett and Yann Demange.
Drake's business partner Adel "Future" Nur along with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment are also executive producing.
When will it be released?
Netflix hasn't yet announced an official release date, although the trailer revealed it would arrive in autumn 2019.
Needless to say, we can't wait - especially now Drake is on board.
Featured Image Credit: Channel 4