HAKEEM Kae-Kazim, who is known for Hollywood blockbusters such as X Men Origins: Wolverine, The Fourth Kind and Hotel Rwanda, is home to film his latest flick, Inale, according to Storm 360degree. Kae-Kazim rose to fame playing George Rutuganda opposite Don Cheadle in the oscar nominated Hotel Rwanda. He had appeared in films such as The Librarian, King Solomon’s Mines and the family favourite, Pirate of the Carribean, and the hit TV show, 24.
The award-winning actor was ecstatic to be filming in the country of his birth, for the first time in his life. Jeta Amata directs the film. The story centers on an Idoma princess called Inale, who is said to have married the prize winner of a wrestling match, as played by Hollywood actress, Caroline Chikezie (Eon Fluxe).
The actor will be back home soon to do another film with the same director and production team. With his aim of raising the bar of Nigerian movies and to make its presence really felt on the world stage, his face will stay familiar both on a local and international level.
“It is an exciting time in the Nigerian film industry I believe we are on the cusp of telling the African story from the African perspective on an international level, we have so many untold stories; I want to be at the forefront of getting them out to our people and to an international market,” Kae-Kazim said.
Trained in the UK at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic, after graduation, he was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. While playing at the National Theatre, London, Hakeem received rave reviews sharing the stage with acclaimed actors for his performances as Edmund in King Lear, with Brian Cox, and Tyrell in Richard III with Sir Ian McKellan. Hakeem’s tromance with the British television began with leading roles in Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Grange Hill, Ellington and the distinguished title role of ‘Julius Caesar’ for the BBC.
After settling in South Africa, his work in film and television gave him a huge following, making him a household name and one of the country’s top celebrity actors. While in South Africa, he appeared in numerous television productions and a large number of feature films, including Secret Laughter of Women. After the Rain, Desert Rose, Scarback and God is African.
Hakeem was nominated for an Avanti award (SA) for ‘Madame and Eve’ and his sense of style also led him to be in the running for the Elle’s Fashionably First award (SA).
Hakeem was also nominated for the highly regarded Gemini award for Best Actor in a supporting role for his performance in Human Cargo and gained international notoriety for his wonderful portrayal of George Rutugunda in the Oscar nominated film, Hotel Rwanda.
His performance gained the attention of those in Hollywood, which led to leading roles in the TNT movie, Librarian 2; opposite Noah Wyle, and The Triangle opposite Eric Stoltz and Sam Neill. Right after landing in Los Angeles Hakeem was invited to play in the Blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean III, playing a pirate lord alongside such greats as Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. He then shared his wonderful talent with millions of viewers on Lost, Cane with Jimmy Smiths, Law & Order: SVU with Mariska Hargitay, The Triangle with Sam Neill and The Librarian with Gabrielle Anwar. Hakeem is often recognised for his recurring role as Colonel Dubaki, through which he wowed audiences with his stunning performance in 24’s Season 7, and in the prequel movie, Redemption. Hakeem’s most recent motion picture, Wolverine with Hugh Jackman was an international hit and his fan’s eagerly await the release of his latest work, feature film’s The 4th Kind with Mila Jovovich and Darfur, with Billy Zane. Jeta will direct his latest film, Black Gold.