Famed TV personality Ian Mbugua is set to make a grand come on TV after more than a decade.
Mbugua, who most remember as judge Ian for his ruthless personality on reality TV Tusker Project Fame, is set to appear in a local movie dubbed ‘The Schemer’, a mystery thriller scheduled for production later this year.
John Sibi-Okumu (JSO), Eddy Kimani and Shiviske Shivisi are also set to star in the film shot in Kitale.
The film by Dots Village Entertainment is set in Kitale and Kapenguria and is co-written by Kenyan filmmaker Peter Pages Bwire and Ugandan-American writer Nicole Magabo Kiggundu.
Mbugua, who recently appeared in the play The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, will play an aging intelligence chief.
‘The Schemer’ follows the tale of an enigmatic antiques trader played by John Sibi-Okumu who goes missing for three decades after hiding his last box of treasure, the Alpha Pack, somewhere unknown in Kitale Town.
— Ian Mbugua (@IanMbugua) September 14, 2020
Pockets of influential people fight over the missing box as his family inevitably gets dragged into the thick of things. What follows is a series of unexpected events and encounters that pushes the otherwise idle town into action.
The film will be Bwire’s directorial debut and he describes the thriller as a plot-driven fiction story, a genre film with bits of factual events.
“The film is written to reflect the cultural, racial and environmental heritage of Trans-Nzoia county,” Bwire said, referring to the diversity of the characters his story is deeply rooted in.
Bwire adds, “It is a huge honour to welcome these immensely talented actors to the project and I am very excited about this journey. They will bring the much-needed on-screen magic that will elevate this film in ways that audiences will enjoy both locally and internationally.”