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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.


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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05/09/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Woyzeck

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – After soaring to record box office numbers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega has landed his first leading role in a major stage production: a 2017 adaptation of Georg Büchner’s unfinished play Woyzeck, EW can confirm.


Deadlne reported Wednesday morning that the 24-year old British actor will topline the production, scheduled to premiere next year at The Old Vic theater in London. U.K. playwright Jack Thorne is adapting the script, which revolves around a working-class soldier who has a child out of wedlock. Thorne was recently nominated for a BAFTA for his work on the drama series The Last Panthers, and is currently also adapting Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for the small screen.


Director Werner Herzog previously brought Woyzeck to life in a 1979 film of the same name, which starred Klaus Kinski in the title role. Alban Berg composed an opera, Wozzeck, based on Büchner’s unfinished play, in 1922.


Prior to being cast as Finn, a Stormtrooper, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Boyega had roles in 24: Live Another Day and the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. He previously appeared on stage in a South Thames College production of Othello. Boyega is currently filming the sequel to The Force Awakens, set to debut on Dec. 15, 2017.


Boyega was also recently confirmed to lend his voice to the upcoming animated Netflix/BBC miniseries Watership Down, in which he plays a rabbit forced to search for a new home following the destruction of his burrow.


While no premiere date for Woyzeck has been confirmed, it is expected to debut sometime in 2017.


05/09/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Woyzeck

VARIETY – Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega is headed to London to appear in the new version of Georg Buchner’s influential 19th century drama, Woyzeck.


Directed by Joe Murphy, the play is set to run from Feb. 25 through April 15 next year. The production will mark Boyega’s first appearance on the London stage. The play centers on a low-ranking soldier who undergoes abusive treatment that eventually pushes him to commit a shocking act of violence.


The production was announced Wednesday. Woyzeck was written by Jack Thorne, the playwright behind the upcoming two-part theater event Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Boyega will reprise his starring role as rebel stormtrooper Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson.


In March, Adam Driver shared a few juicy details about Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor, who played Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, reassured fans that the First Order and Resistance are still at odds.


“They’re still at war. It’s still Star Wars,” Driver joked during a special Q&A hosted by Entertainment Weekly. “They’re not at peace.”


The actor also talked about his working relationship with Johnson and how his style of work differs from The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams.


“Their temperaments are different,” Driver said. “I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one – just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was. There’s a lot of that anxiety is gone, because people have developed a language. I think it’s more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it [his own]. I can’t wait to get on set, just because he’s so unassuming and intelligent and approachable. The script they’ve come up with is really great.”


04/28/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Watership Down


NERDIST – We all know British actors are among the most versatile in the whole world of thespians, but if you’d have told us that they could go from stormtrooper or mutant to furry little bunny rabbit, we’d have been pretty skeptical. But it looks like that’s exactly what we’re going to get, thanks to a new miniseries production of Watership Down being co-produced by BBC and Netflix. Deadline is reporting the blockbuster, multi-national affair will feature John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, and Gemma Arterton.


The big names will play different rabbit characters in the four-part CG animated series which will air in the UK on BBC One and in North America exclusively to Netflix. It’s being written by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) and directed by Noam Murro (300: Rise Of The Empire).


Watership Down is a novel by Richard Adams that was first published in 1972 and went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. It tells the harrowing story of a group of rabbits who are forced to leave their beloved warren due to the encroachment of man and traverse the dangerous and deadly land to try to reach a new home. It became a masterwork of fiction aimed at young people. In 1978, Martin Rosen adapted the book into an independent animated film (which you can read more about here) which is said to have traumatized many, many British children. That film featured the voices of John Hurt and Richard Briers and featuring the hit song “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel. The book was also adapted for a television series from 1999-2001.


The book and first film are incredibly intense and feature lots of graphic violence (rabbits killing rabbits!) which made it a focus for controversy. Whether this new version will maintain that kind of content is unknown, but it would do a disservice to the source material–and its many, many fans–should they tame it down at all.


01/11/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Tinkershrimp & Dutch


DEADLINE – Nickelodeon has commissioned its first original online series for the UK and Ireland and enlisted the voice talent of John Boyega for animated series Tinkershrimp & Dutch. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star will voice Dutch, while Sam Riley (Free Fire) will voice a miserable headless chicken.


London-based creative agency Ralph is producing the 5×5′ series, which will premiere across Nick.co.uk platforms and the on-demand service Nick Play from January 15. The series follows two best friends, a langoustine (Tinkershrimp) and a loris (Dutch), who are time-traveling bodyguards for an eccentric monarch.