The global rights for the upcoming film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, in Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, was acquired by Netflix, for a 2019 release.

The film is based on the true story and bestselling autobiography, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba, born in Malawi, who the film will be centered around, and Bryan Mealer. Ejiofor both starred and directed the film, playing William’s father, Trywell Kamkwamba, while the son is portrayed by Maxwell Simba.

The story will focus on a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery, but also a land withered by drought and hunger, a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. A young boy, William, had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy and became fascinated with the idea of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village in helping change the lives of those around him. His neighbors mock him, but he is determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity can do.

As you can see from the above trailer for the book, the film will highlight just how fascinating, dedicated and well-accomplished William Kamkwamba is, having self-educated himself as an engineer and scholar.

“William’s story represents, what has to be, the future in countries like Malawi, in developing countries, overflowing with beauty and harboring enormous potential,” Ejiofor said. “A global story, such as this, requires a global platform and I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix on bringing William’s extraordinary tale of determination and inventiveness to audiences worldwide.”

The film will launch in 2019 on Netflix and select theaters. Click HERE for the official release, including specifics of the film’s purchase, from Netflix.

By Michael Stagno

Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder, and marathoner.

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