Actor Idris and his model wife Sabrina announced on Tuesday that they will partner with anime streaming service, Crunchyroll to produce Dantai, an exclusive original series.
“We’re really excited to be announcing this deal on our first anime,” they said in a statement. “We’re both fans of the genre and see a huge opportunity to create something unique for a powerhouse like Crunchyroll. The story of Dantai is our first collaboration as producers together and is one that is close to our hearts.”
The upcoming anime series will sport an afro-futurist aesthetic. One that is likely going to look familiar to fans of Marvel’s Black Panther and will be set in a city where the rise of biotechnology has created an ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots.
According to Joanne Waage, General Manager of Crunchyroll, “This development deal with Sabrina and Idris Elba is another example of how we’re working with best-in-class partners to bring in new audiences and tell fresh and compelling stories through a medium that transcends genres and generations.”
Crunchyroll have garnered over 4 million active subscribers and have risen to become a dominant force in the ever expanding global market of anime. They were recently purchased by competitor FUNimation for $1.175 billion but the services continue to operate separately.
Crunchyroll’s growing library of exclusive titles includes Tower of God and Onyx Equinox. It also currently has a licensing partnership with HBO Max, allowing the latter to offer series like Re:ZERO and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
For the Elbas, this will be the first project that the couple will work on as partners since getting married in 2019.