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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.


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.