Ashley Walters has given fresh hope that Top Boy will return for season four as the actor says the team are currently working on a script.
The former So Solid Crew rapper plays Dushane in the hit series, which was revived by rap superstar Drake and brought to Netflix this summer after Channel 4 failed to pick it up for further episodes.
Despite the six-year gap, viewers loved the show’s new direction and smashed its first week, becoming the most-streamed show on Netflix.
Ashley, 37, isn’t able to confirm whether Top Boy will definitely return but he has confirmed he is currently working with writers on new storylines.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk exclusively, Ashley said: ‘Fingers crossed, we haven’t had the actual green light yet but it’s looking promising.’
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‘In preparation for that we’ve already been working out storylines and writing so it’s looking good. Obviously I won’t give anything away but it’s looking dope and we’re all looking forward to going again with the show,’ Ashley teased.
If season four is given the go-ahead by Netflix (which, let’s face it they’d be silly not to), Ashley admits it likely won’t hit screens for a while.
So brace yourselves for another long wait, although we’re guessing it won’t be six years like the last time.
‘It had a huge impact and I’m quite sad we didn’t film two seasons at once because if we do go again, these people are going to have to wait quite a while again which is going to be difficult,’ the actor admitted.
Viewers were thrilled to see Ashley reunited with his leading co-star Kano, who plays his drug-dealing sidekick Sulli in the gritty London-set drama.
Even if it did mean Kano sometimes pulling the wool over Ashley’s eyes and changing the script without notice.
Ashley recalled: ‘Kane likes to write his own versions. There’s one of the scenes where we’re in the cafe and [Sully’s] talking about [Dushane] having heart and he literally wrote a new scene the night before and didn’t tell me.’
He continued: ‘So we were sitting down doing this scene and he started saying lines I didn’t know and if you watch it, you can see me looking at him like, “How am I gonna play this?”
‘But you know that’s how it is everyday on set, which is why you have to big up the new actors a lot of that come in because it’s not they just come into an intermediate acting environment.
‘There’s a lot of experienced people and fearless people doing a lot of crazy s*** but that’s how we get it looking so good.’
There’s no doubt that Top Boy wouldn’t have returned without help from Drake, who discovered the series years after it aired and promised to breathe new life into the much-missed show.
Some were pleased that Drake’s role was behind-the-scenes as opposed to in front of the camera, with critics unsure of how the Canadian would fit in with the London dynamic.
Ashley’s not against the idea of Drake landing a starring role, as he explained: ‘If I’m honest I don’t mind. I think Drake has got a good energy.
‘The real question is will viewers mind and I couldn’t tell you but from my personal experience, watching his past work because I did some research as he comes from an acting background and it’s not a different world for him. It’s something he wants to get back into.’
The TV star continued: ‘I wouldn’t be against it, I think he can act and people would be surprised. But I think he’s so powerful as Drake, it would be a difficult task for viewers to see him as anything else. That would be down to really good writing and acting.’
Thanking Drake, 33, for his part in reviving Top Boy, Ashley said: ‘Drake helping Top Boy come back not only revived a lot of people’s careers, gave loads of people jobs, but make people financially stable. It’s a dope thing he’s been doing and you’ve seen him do it with people like Dave, and a lot of other artists he’s worked with.’
Ashley isn’t quite done with Top Boy as he’s just released the brand new track, Top Boy, featuring D Double E, Big Tobz and P Money, which is available to buy and stream now.
Top Boy seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.
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