It’s been over nine months since we last heard from Saro and Arolake, but that’s about to change and we’re mad excited.
Filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, finally wrapped up filming on the set of a four-part Netflix series, which takes a deeper dive into the Anikulapo-verse as we’ve come to know it. Afolayan has been generous with the behind-the-scenes content and we’re grateful. While we await the official release, here’s all we’ve gleaned from the director’s social media pages.
First, a recap of where we left Saro and Arolake
Afolayan left us with a wicked cliffhanger where we see a beat-up Saro who seemed to have escaped the wrath of the Ojumo people, after failing to bring the crown prince back to life. Recall that his malicious treatment of Arolake and insistence on marrying the princess of Ojumo Kingdom in exchange for bringing the prince back to life, caused her (Arolake) to leave.
But before leaving Saro, she empties the content of the pouch she took from the mythical Akala bird. On the mountaintop, the Akala bird returns and a seemingly unconscious Saro is jerked to life. What do we know so far?
An extended cast
Anikulapo The Series is poised to be bigger and packed with more action hence the reason for a more star-studded cast. Some of the new faces include:
Returning cast members
Some old cast members also make a return to the series, including Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye) and Saro (Kunle Remi).
Bimbo Ademoye (Arolake)
Kunle Remi (Saro)
Aisha Lawal (Olori Sunkanmi)
Sola Sobowale (Awarun)
Eyiyemi Afolayan (Princess Omowunmi)
A new lover for Arolake?
Remember that Arolake left Saro in Ojumo village after she couldn’t take his mistreatment anymore. Well, it looks like she’s going to find love again in the series, and her lucky man is Gabriel Afolayan. This picture looks like Kunle giving some directions for a couple’s scene.
Princess Omowunmi finds love?
In the movie, Princess Omowunmi fell in love with Saro from the moment he first visited the palace. But Saro only had his eyes on the king’s youngest wife, Olori Arolake. A jealous Omowunmi discovered Saro and Arolake’s affair and their plan to elope from the village. She ruined the plan by telling her mother, who reported the matter to the king.
It seems Princess Omowunmi might have her own lover (Lateef Adedimeji) in the series.
We have our fingers crossed as the Anikulapo series now moves to post-production before an official release date is announced.