STAR OF SOUTH AFRICA (Action)
An American Hip Hop star with a death wish born out of boredom headlines a peace concert in Africa in the midst of blood diamond violence and corruption only to fall in love with – and take a bullet for – his South African body guard who has more meaning in her life than she can handle, trying to protect her country’s victimed orphans.
Blood Diamond meets The Bodyguard
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JORDAN (30s) and GARRET (40) grew up together in an orphanage in Sierra Leone. Jordan is beautiful and tough – and quite the marksman and surprisingly good in a fight. Garrett adds piloting to the required local skill sets. Lifelong friends surviving amidst the blood diamond conflict, they work as mercenary bodyguards and take local security detail to support their altruistic habit of transporting AIDS and other medicine and supplies to the only home they’ve ever known.
They abhor the diamond mines that kidnap and drug local children for labor. The corrupt local politician, HASHIM (50), controls the mines and local black market economy. He trains the kids to go into the mines and kill the miners (sometimes even their own parents) so the Russian mafia, who they’re in cahoots with, can waltz in and steal the diamonds which they then trade for oil.
Garret and Jordan meet MALIK (40), an American bodyguard who wants them to work with his boss, ANDRE, a famous rap star. Andre is going to perform in Sierra Leone for a peace concert and the money raised will be donated to charity.
Jordan is dead set against it, and her opinion doesn’t change when she and Garret meet André in NYC. But, after a failed meeting with the pharmaceutical company that supplies them with AIDS drugs, they discover that the company refuses to provide any more of the critical drugs because most of what they donate are stolen and sold on the black market, competing with their own product. Against Jordan’s better instincts, Garret pitches the idea of using Andre’s concert as a huge PR shield that will provide so much publicity, the drugs will arrive and be distributed safely – with great PR for the firm – who agrees – forcing Jordan to protect the womanizing pig who hit on her the first second he saw her (and ended up on the floor). This isn’t going to be pretty.
In Sierra Leone, Andre and Malik are shocked and humbled by the impoverished conditions. Initially, Andre couldn’t be more of a diva, complaining about everything but Jordan doesn’t mince words about how shallow he is and he begins to see the world outside his petty needs – slowly. As Jordan notices and appreciates his change, Garrett’s jealousy is triggered but since the’ye never been more than just friends, he has no claims on her.
They discover DONDI, a young boy kept like an animal in a cage. He’s been dosed with PCP by Hashim’s men and is next on the docket to make a “shoot ‘em up” run into the minds. They kidnap him and bring him back to camp to detox. As he comes down, he begins to be less afraid and socialize more.
The day of the concert, security is acute but the concert goes off without a hitch. Andre is fantastic. Hashim, however, knows what they’re up to and sends in Muslim radicals who try to assassinate Andre and attack the crowd to drive home their terrorist strength.
Many innocent people are killed, including Malik, who dies saving a little girl. Andre is deeply affected by his friend’s sacrifice. He becomes gravely ill. Garret escorts the rest of Andre’s band back to the States while Jordan nurses Andre ‘til he’s healthy enough to travel. Garret hopes on the next flight out – in 4 days.
Andre’s fever breaks and Jordan is delighted to see a kinder, more playful and nurturing side. He bonds paternally with Dondi, especially, but plays soccer and other games with all the children. Jordan gives him a tour of the more beautiful parts of her beloved country. He paints himself in keeping with indigenous cultures and dances to court her. He makes her laugh – and feel safe – and they make love.
But when they return holding hands, they realize Dondi is missing – he has gone to the mines. Jordan and Andre chase after him only to find the mines surrounded by Hashim’s men.
Jordan and Andre separate. Andre sees Dondi and follows him. He manages to get the boy close to safety but Hashim’s men see them and shoot. Jordan diverts them, stealing one of their trucks and crashing it into the mines. The reviled mines explode – and are destroyed.
Meanwhile, Garrett has returned, heard about Dondi and has flown after them in their helicopter. He helplessly watches as Hashim and Andre fight with bullets flying everywhere. He can’t find Jordan anywhere – sure she’s been killed. Garrett kills Hashim.
A year later, the orphanage has been rebuilt into a colorful “home” – with diamonds sparkling in the walls and healthy children playing everywhere, albeit, many missing limbs – though they’re happy. Andre and Garrett have survived. And so has Jordan, who is very pregnant.
NOTE: Genders can be swapped, style of music can be changed, even the locations could be modified.