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06/23/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Untitled Detroit Crime Drama

Boyega will star in a film from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.

 

VANITY FAIR – In six short months, John Boyega has achieved international fame via one of the world’s most popular film franchises and romanced Emma Watson onscreen in an upcoming thriller. Now, the 24-year-old British actor has reached another lofty milestone in his Hollywood ascent—a prime role in a movie that sounds as though it was custom-tailored for Oscar attention.

 

On Tuesday, Annapurna Pictures announced that Boyega will star in an untitled crime drama from Kathryn Bigelow, whose 2008 drama The Hurt Locker earned her best-director and best-picture Oscars. The film, which will be set in Detroit, is based on an original screenplay from Bigelow’s Oscar-winning Hurt Locker collaborator, Mark Boal.

 

Boyega confirmed the casting news himself on Twitter, although it is still unclear what character he will play.

 


 

In fact, the movie’s entire plot is under wraps for now; all we know is that the film will explore “systemic racism in urban Detroit” and will be set against the city’s “devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967.” Producers are reportedly eyeing a 2017 release, which would mean the premiere would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.

 

Earlier this month, Boyega was announced as the star of the Pacific Rim sequel. Later this year, Boyega will return to the screen in The Circle, the James Ponsoldt thriller starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, before reprising his role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII, out next year.

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06/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Untitled Detroit Crime Drama

A summer shoot in Detroit and Boston is being planned.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Star Wars star John Boyega has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit project.

 

Bigelow is directing the crime drama, her first feature since 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty. It is being financed by Annapurna Pictures and has an original script by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal.

 

Details of the project are unknown for now but the story is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967, with the film seeking to explore the systemic racism in the city. The roll call is described as an ensemble piece.

 

A summer shoot in Detroit and Boston is being planned. Bigelow is producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

 

No studio is attached as distributor but Bigelow, Ellison and company are eyeing a 2017 release, timed to the 50th anniversary of the riots.

 

After shooting to international stardom playing Stormtrooper-with-a-conscience Finn, Boyega is now currently shooting the follow-up, Star Wars: Episode VIII. He recently nabbed the lead in Pacific Rim 2 and, in a show of his growing cache, he will also co-produce the Legendary movie with his business partner Femi Oguns under their joint production company, Upper Room Productions.

 

Boyega, who also has The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the can, is repped by WME and Identity Agency Group in the UK.

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06/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Press

 

TIME – John Boyega, the breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continues to be one of Hollywood’s most lovable leading men.

 

Earlier this week, the 24-year-old actor spent the day visiting a local children’s hospice in England. Called Demelza Hospice Care for Children, the facility offers a place for terminally-ill children to receive care and spend their days as they undergo treatment. On Monday, they hosted a Star Wars-themed party where Boyega made an appearance.

 

In a touching video of the event, watch Boyega interact with the children, families, and staff, adding a little excitement to the day.

 

Boyega may just be a reluctant Stormtrooper who doesn’t have the Force, but he’s certainly making time to use his star power for good.

 

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06/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article

John Boyega said south east London was lucky to have such a facility

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SOUTHWARK NEWS – The mother of a young terminally-ill girl has said her child enjoyed a “life-changing” experience when she met her hero – Star Wars star John Boyega.

 

The BAFTA-winning actor took a brief break from filming Star Wars Episode VIII to pay a visit to the Demelza Hospice, which looks after children from south east London, on June 13.

 

John, who was born in Camberwell and realised his acting talent at Theatre Peckham, said he wanted to help make the children’s dreams come true.

 

“I’d heard about the great work of Demelza so couldn’t wait to visit and help make some dreams come true,” he said. “I was blown away by the children and the nurses who do such a fantastic job of caring for them. South east London is extremely fortunate to have such an amazing charity on its doorstep, ensuring families get the support they need. I just hope people will continue to do what they can to support this great cause.”

 

Many of the children dressed as Star Wars characters for the occasion. Four-year-old Eshan, who suffers with a rare form of rickets, did his best Boyega impression whilst dressed as his character – the stormtrooper Fin.

 

His mum, Shara, said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Eshan so excited – it’s made his day.

 

“It’s been a very tough year so to see him so happy is absolutely wonderful. Days like today make our time here even more special.”

 

Visit www.demelza.org.uk to find out more or to make a donation.

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06/08/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Gallery Update Photoshoots Production Stills Project Screencaps


 

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06/07/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Pacific Rim 2

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DEADLINE – Legendary Pictures has set Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega for the lead role for the second installment of its Pacific Rim franchise. Steven S. DeKnight is directing the film, which will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the del Toro-directed original film. Universal will release the film worldwide, everywhere but China. The 2013 original grossed $411 million.

 

Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter is executive producer. The picture is a beach head project for Legendary, under the leadership of Parent, who became Tull’s vice chairman of Worldwide Production after Jashni exited to start his own venture. The principals have confirmed to Deadline they found their man in Boyega.

 

“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men,” said Parent.

 

Said del Toro: “I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”

 

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06/04/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article

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BBC – Star Wars actor John Boyega has become a patron of the theatre he worked with as a child.

 

The 24-year-old, who played stormtrooper Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was a member of Theatre Peckham’s company from age nine to 14.

 

He said he admired the theatre was “inspiring young people like myself to be the change we want to see in the industry”.

 

Boyega is currently filming the eighth instalment of the Star Wars franchise.

 

“I admire Theatre Peckham’s continued mission to increase diversity in the creative industries,” he said.

 

“As a graduate of the company, I am honoured to be in a position to give back.”

 

The theatre’s founder and artistic director, Teresa Early, said Boyega’s role as patron “will be a huge boost for our young members”, adding: “Now there’s an act for them to follow.”

 

The theatre’s other patrons include actors Sir Ian McKellen, Jenny Agutter and David Harewood, and theatre director Paulette Randall.

 

Boyega is due to return to the stage in The Old Vic’s production of Woyzeck in February 2017.

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06/03/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) News Saturday Night Live Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Videos

MTV – Saturday Night Live struck comedy gold with its “Star Wars Auditions” sketch last November, which featured cast members impersonating celebs auditioning for the blockbuster sequel. But apparently there was a ton of bonus, star-studded footage left on the cutting room floor… until now.

 

In a new video from the sketch, we see even more fake auditions, including Vanessa Bayer as Jennifer Lawrence and Kyle Mooney as Shia LaBeouf. The real Emma Stone and Jon Hamm make hilarious return appearances, alongside Matthew McConaughey, who delivers a poor pitch to play Lando Calrissian.

 

The real MVPs here, though, are Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, whose charm and charisma reminds us why we fell in love with them in the first place. Plus — who knows?! — maybe Boyega’s Denzel Washington–inspired “urbanized” Stormtrooper will make a cameo in Episode VIII.

 

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05/27/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) News Videos

The Force Awakens actor is back in brick in the new trailer for the Lego Star Wars video game

 

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RADIO TIMES – Star Wars actor John Boyega is a busy boy right now.

 

As if filming the next Episode in the franchise wasn’t work enough, he’s also preparing for a theatre production with Harry Potter playwright Jack Thorne AND working on a Netflix and BBC adaptation of children’s classic Watership Down.

 

Thankfully, there’s still a chance to see more of him as Finn – in the Lego Star Wars video game.

 

Boyega recorded his own dialogue for the Lego version of his Force Awakens character, meaning we all get to check in with everybody’s favourite treacherous stormtrooper/sanitation supervisor.

 

Check out an exclusive clip of the game below, due out 28th June 2016.

 

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05/27/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting Rumors

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Time to put the costume back in the closet, internet.

 

Despite a persistent rumor, John Boyega will not be in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

 

The last 24 hours has seen speculation spread that the Star Wars star would be joining Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan in the Marvel movie.

 

But Boyega’s reps tell THR that the actor is not and will not be part of the movie, which is building up a predominant black cast under the direction of Ryan Coogler, the director behind Creed, as it focuses on the very first black superhero in American comics.

 

Boyega’s agent in the U.K. took to Twitter to also deny the rumor, which began when Kevin Feige began following the actor on Twitter.

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