The new trailer for actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s animated film has been released. “Bilal“, which is produced by Barajou Entertainment, is based on the story about a young slave.
“The movie tells the story of a real superhero, an African slave who was brought to Arabia 1,000 years ago and fought for his freedom,” Agabje says. “He became an inspiration to generations and we’re retelling his story 1,000 years later.”
The story is based on the true story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, a freed slave of Ethiopian origin who converted to Islam and became a trusted companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
“We’ve pulled around 80 different animation and CGI talents from around the world to work with us on this. We’re talking with people who worked on ‘300,’ ‘Shrek,’ ‘Lord of the Rings,’ that sort of caliber. It’s a really strong team and many of them are in Dubai for first time to make this movie,” stated the screenwriter Ayan Jamal.
“We’ve paid serious attention to detail. We hired 11 researchers, including doctors from universities, to research the history of the story, and we’ve taken all the characters’ descriptions from at least 17 different historical sources. We hired two forensic scientists to model the characters based on these descriptions and what we know about the tribes of the time. It took six months to design each character and we’re really proud of it. We’re showing the characters exactly as described in historical texts, not just using our imagination. We’ve spent 5,000 hours of research to develop clothes and props too.”
Take a look at the trailer below: