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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.”