Nigeria international and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, has made a debut in his first movie role titled ‘Inpadisu.’
The movie, now trending on social media, features Iwobi being chased all over the place, apparently because of a U-turn he made in the movie.
@Zedoninho wrote, “Always going hard for Naija. Love it.”
@King_Chynee said, “I am anticipating. UNILAG will definitely rush this one.”
@Temilade said, “Let’s go big Alex, let it out!!! We can’t wait.”
@Riyanoray wrote, “So gassed, still, my favourite footballer, even if you are acting.”
Fans took to Instagram to praise the football star’s creativity and versatility and expressed their optimism on the quality production of the film.
The trailer for the film released on Friday shows the 22-year-old footballer being hunted by mysterious characters for choices he made.
It was also confirmed that the filming for the movie ended in July before Arsenal training tour for the 2018/19 new football season began.
On the film poster, Alex is seen brandishing samurai sword while dressed in all black. In the movie, Alex, who is starring in a lead role alongside Nollywood actress, Somkele Inyamah, is being hunted by villains.
No release date has been announced but the trailer hints that it will be available in Nigerian cinemas before the end of August.
Iwobi wrote on his Instagram page @Alexanderiwobi to confirm his role in the movie.
He shared the thriller and wrote: “Shot my Nollywood debut last month. A movie about choices coming soon.”
Iwobi, who was part of the 23-man team for the 2018 World Cup, started as a youth international for England, with whom he won the Victory Shield in 2011.
He went on to play for Nigeria and made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on October 8, 2015.
The Arsenal star is not the first Nigerian footballer to feature in a Nollywood film.
Former Dream Team goalkeeper, Emmanuel Babayaro, tried his hands out in acting a few years back. He has produced and starred in numerous movies including Growing Up, Taking Chances, You Are My Sunshine and Fantastic Fanatics.
Former Super Eagles winger, John Utaka, also made his Nollywood debut in 2013 in a movie titled “Battered” alongside multi-award winning actress, Fatima Jabbe. The latter is currently the First Lady of Sierra Leone.