Wasim Azeez is not just a rising star in the film industry but also a fascinating individual who embodies the art of acting. He recently bagged the lead role in the eagerly anticipated sci-fi short film “No Service,” which delves into our societal dependency on technology, pushing the boundaries and sparking critical conversations.
In “No Service,” Azeez takes on the character of Aaron, a man grappling with an unhealthy addiction to technology that lands him in an unfortunate situation. Preparing for such a demanding role required extraordinary dedication. In an interesting mix of life imitating art, Azeez self-isolated for two weeks, creating an echo of his character’s isolation. This commitment provided him a profound understanding of his character’s dependency and subsequent withdrawal from technology, further cementing his belief in the story’s relevance.
Moreover, Azeez underwent rigorous stage combat training to carry out a complex fight sequence in the film. His ability to flawlessly perform such intricate choreography speaks to his exceptional talent and dedication. Even the film’s thrilling stunt driving sequence, captured by a drone, saw Azeez braving challenging weather conditions and executing dangerous stunts with remarkable precision.
Initially, Azeez’s involvement in “No Service” was supposed to be minor. However, his captivating audition left such a significant impression that the film’s producers, including Errol M. Wright of Eternal Quest Productions, decided to cast him in the lead role. Eternal Quest Production is known for multiple films streaming on Amazon Prime, including “State of Mind” (2019) and “Best of Two Evils” (2017), among others. The film is directed by Wright’s longtime collaborator, Ebb Friday, who previously directed the thriller “Best of Two Evils.” Collaborating with such esteemed artists provided Azeez the opportunity and platform to take creative risks and push his boundaries.
Following “No Service,” Azeez landed the lead role in the film “Alone, Alone on the Wide Wide Sea,” further showcasing his talent and versatility. Notably, this film allowed Azeez to flaunt his linguistic abilities as he fluently communicated in three of the five languages he learned growing up. His journey continues to evolve, with exciting projects like the period play “Ada” adding to his extensive and impressive portfolio.
No Service” is set to stream on Amazon later this year and will premiere at various American Film Festivals in the fall.