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05/09/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Star Wars Episode VIII Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

So sorry I forgot to wish everyone Happy Star  Wars Day! May the Fourth be  with you (even 5 days late!)

 

MTV – It’s pretty hard to avoid the fact that today is May 4, also known as May the 4th be with you, also known as Star Wars Day. You see, today, more than any other day, young Padawan, is a celebration of George Lucas’s extensive universe — and you don’t have to live in a galaxy far, far away to participate in the festivities.

 

This year, Star Wars newbies Daisy Ridley and John Boyega — Ridley is currently busy filming Star Wars: Episode VIII (NBD) — were hella excited to take part in the fandom celebration. Here’s how precious humans Ridley, Boyega, and the rest of the Star Wars cast celebrated their big day.

 

FIRST, DAISY RIDLEY JUST COULDN’T CONTAIN HER EXCITEMENT

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Have you ever seen a smile so magnificent? It’s seriously out of this galaxy. (Get it?)

 

THEN SHE REMINDED ALL OF US THAT HER FRIENDSHIP WITH JOHN BOYEGA IS THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF.

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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.

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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.”

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05/09/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Gallery Update Magazine scans Photoshoots

 

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05/01/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Gallery Update Magazine scans Photoshoots Project Screencaps Screencaps

I’m working on adding all the screencaps of John’s live appearances and interviews. I have a long way to go because there are a lot of them! but I’ve done the photoshoots and Talk Shows for starters plus I finally found a good copy of John’s BBC movie, The Whale. Thanks to Daisy Ridley Source for the additional photos from the Empire Award Photobooth.

 

 

 

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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.

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04/23/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Star Wars Episode VIII Videos

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT – Even princes geek out when it comes to Star Wars.

 

Prince Harry and Prince William visited the Star Wars set at Pinewood Studios in England on Tuesday, and it’s safe to say they had plenty of fun during their tour. The brothers were shown around by British actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and also met up with John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.

 

Obviously, they couldn’t resist a good lightsaber battle.

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04/15/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article

EW – Lupita Nyong’o got a Star Wars surprise, and luckily it wasn’t a trap.

 

The actress behind the goggle-eyed alien mentor Maz Kanata in the space-fantasy series received a special recorded message from one of her costars during a Thursday appearance on Good Morning America.

 

In a cellphone video, an exuberant John Boyega declared, “Lupita Nyong’o — she’s forged by the gods, she has a face that mathematically makes sense, and she’s definitely, definitely talented!”

 

Boyega scored a breakout role as the ex-Stormtrooper Finn, one of the central trio of young heroes in the new Star Wars trilogy along with Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron.

 

“I’m on Star Wars [Episode VIII] right now shooting,” he continued. “We’re missing you, we’re missing your wisdom and missing your grace. Honestly, I can’t wait to see you.”

 

Nyong’o, who is currently promoting The Jungle Book and will rejoin Boyega in Episode VIII, said the actor is “such a good leader when it comes to Star Wars because he’s so amped up! He grew up on Star Wars, it’s in his blood.”

 

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