The actor is excited for fans to see the next 'Star Wars' episodic instalment.
Later this year, 'Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi' will hit the big screen around the world, continuing to tell the episodic sci-fi tale that has captured the imaginations of audiences across the globe for many decades. Following on from the success of 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens', the film has some big shoes to fill that the returning all-star cast are intent on doing perfectly.
John Boyega returns as Finn in 'The Last Jedi'
One of those returning actors is John Boyega, who plays First Order sodlier Finn. Though he was injured by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) during a vicious lightsaber jab to the back, he's still very much alive and recuperating from that wound in a Bacta tank. Unconscious for now, Boyega's character could have some big things ahead, despite currently making a name for himself for all the wrong reasons.
Continue reading: John Boyega Says Finn Is "A Big Deal" In 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
The British 'Star Wars' actor told the Evening Standard that, before he was famous, he was consistently stopped by airline security in America.
Star Wars breakout star John Boyega has revealed that he used to be stopped by American border officials for “random checks” every time he flew to the United States.
The 25 year old star said that, before he found widespread fame as Finn in The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, the checks happened all the time and had a disconcerting effect on him.
“I used to fly back and forth when I was hustling and auditioning for things in Los Angeles,” Boyega told London’s Evening Standard this week in a new interview.
Continue reading: John Boyega Reveals He Was Always Stopped For "Random Checks" When Flying To America
After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie.
Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.
As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge.
Continue: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer
Mae Holland (Emma Watson) is an ambitious young woman who lands a job at one of the most advanced technology corporations in the world led by the charismatic Bailey (Tom Hanks). The Circle is a company like no other, developing state of the art social and scientific technology such as cameras that allow a person's entire life to be streamed online, medicine that can cure almost anything, and tracking that can capture any criminal. The Circle's main opinion is that secrets are bad, privacy is not something that should be desired and all information should be freely available to all, but for a company who puts across such a message, its entire founding is shrouded in mystery. This lack of privacy idea is becoming an increasingly worrying prospect for Mae's mysterious colleague Kalden (John Boyega), who warns her of the implications of this new thought. But will she come to realise this before she sinks deeper into the company? Or will it be too late?
Continue: The Circle Trailer
Ford described his co-star as ‘one-of-a-kind.’
The cast of Star Wars have been paying tribute to co-star Carrie Fisher who passed away on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight home from London.
The 60-year-old actress was loved the world over for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise and just last year she had reprised the role in The Force Awakens.
Fisher as Princess Leia in The Force Awakens
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Leads 'Star Wars' Cast In Paying Tribute To Carrie Fisher
The follow up to ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ is due for release next December.
The title of the next Star Wars instalment, Episode VIII may have been accidentally uncovered.
Website AVS Forum has been doing some detective work and found that Lucasfilm has just applied for a new trademark, which may give a clue about the next movie’s title.
Daisy Ridley as Rey
Continue reading: Has The Title Of The Next 'Star Wars' Instalment Been Accidentally Revealed?
Boyega has landed yet another high profile role in the wake of his 'Star Wars' success - this time in the 'Pacific Rim' sequel due in 2017.
Star Wars actor John Boyega has landed another huge role in the wake of his recent success – the lead role in the forthcoming sequel to action blockbuster Pacific Rim.
Deadline reported on Monday (June 6th) that the 24 year old London-born actor will be playing the son of Stacker Pentecost, who was played by Idris Elba in the 2013 original. Featuring human-piloted giant robots battling with trans-dimensional alien monsters, Pacific Rim ranked as one of the bigger budgets in recent times, with an outlay of $190 million.
John Boyega is to take the lead role in 'Pacific Rim 2'
Continue reading: John Boyega Lands Starring Role In 'Pacific Rim 2'
'Star Wars', 'Watership Down'... it's a busy year for this fledgling star.
John Boyega has been quite the busy actor since appearing in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Not only have we got the sequel to look forward to, but we'll also be seeing his face a lot more often on stage and on the small screen as well as in the movies.
John Boyega has a lot on his plate
May the Fourth be with you! Though London actor Joh Boyega has a lot more on his plate than just his 'Star Wars' commitments. Here's what we know about his schedule so far:
Continue reading: Cinema, Stage And Small Screens: A Summary Of John Boyega's Upcoming Roles
A four-part animated re-make, with more of a role given to the female characters, is due to be broadcast in late 2017.
The BBC has teamed up with Netflix to announce a televisual re-make of children’s favourite 'Watership Down', which will feature an all-star cast including new Star Wars actor John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy among others.
The new four-part animation was announced by the BBC in conjunction with streaming giant Netflix on Wednesday (April 27th), and with a reported budget of nearly £20 million, represents the biggest joint venture between the two organisations to date. Using state of the art animation, it will apparently be broadcast on BBC1 in late 2017, with Netflix giving it its premiere throughout the rest of the world.
John Boyega is to voice 'Bigwig' in a re-make of 'Watership Down' for BBC and Netflix
Continue reading: John Boyega, James McAvoy And Ben Kingsley To Star In BBC / Netflix 'Watership Down' Re-Make
The actress has confirmed she’s had ‘conversations’ about the role and ‘Star Wars’ co-star John Boyega approves.
Fresh off making her big screen debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey, Daisy Ridley is eying a role as another heroine. The 23-year-old has confirmed there have been talks about her starring as Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot, and Ridley is super excited about the prospect.
Daisy Ridley in eyeing a role in the Tomb Raider reboot.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Empire Awards in London, Ridley said there “have been conversations” about her taking over the role, which was originally played by Angelina Jolie, however she hasn't had a formal offer.
Continue reading: Could Star Wars' Daisy Ridley Be The Next Lara Croft?
The actor helped a five-year-old boy deliver toys to other children at The Royal Hospital in London.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega really is a real-life hero. The 23-year-old British actor spent Friday (March 11th) making five-year-old super-fan Daniel Bell’s dreams come true, when he joined him in full costume to help give out toys to sick children.
Continue reading: John Boyega Dresses As 'Star Wars'' Finn To Visit Sick Children In London Hospital
The record-breaking box office smash received a staggering 11 nominations, including for its young stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens received the most nominations for this year’s Mtv Movie Awards, after being selected in a total of 11 categories ahead of next month’s ceremony in Los Angeles.
Having been snubbed in all five of its categories at the Oscars recently, with no recognition in any of the acting categories or for Best Picture, the slightly more irreverent and pop culture-oriented MTV Movie Awards may see the record-breaking film get better luck.
Promotional event for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in 2015
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Leads MTV Movie Awards Nominations
Because there's still a long way to go for diversity.
Academy Award sceptics are expecting another white-washed year, with diversity in Hollywood still not as broad as we need it to be. If you're one of the cynics, you'd be right to think that way, because even going through the ton of blockbusters seen in 2015, only a handful have any actors of colour.
We thought we'd throw a few of our own suggestions into the mix, ahead of the official announcement of this year's Oscar nominations. They're all deserving of a nod, so fingers crossed for each one of these:
'Creed' landed one Golden Globe win this year
Continue reading: From Creed To Concussion: Culturally Diverse Suggestions For 2016 Oscar Nominations
Being in 'Star Wars' means being close to Harrison Ford for John Boyega.
What, would you imagine, would be the best thing about appearing in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' as a long-time fan of the franchise? Getting to wear those cool costumes? Visiting those incredible sets? Or being awarded the millions of dollars in box office sales and ultimate respect from fans forevermore? For John Boyega, the best thing was in fact getting to meet his life-long hero and now co-star Harrison Ford.
John Boyega plays Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
In a short featurette released ahead of the film's release in December 2015, we see Boyega giving Ford a huge hug before presenting him with a large Han Solo action figure, a broad grin spread across his face. It's not entirely clear whether Ford signed 'Harrison Ford' or 'Han Solo' on the front of the toy, but either way, Boyega looked immensely thrilled and totally lost for words, while co-star Daisy Ridley looked on, impressed.
Continue reading: John Boyega: Never Mind Being In 'Star Wars', Harrison Ford Signed My Action Figure! - Video
The British duo are joined by 'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke as some of the non-American names in the entertainment section of the annual list.
John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, the young stars of the new Star Wars movie, are included on the annual Forbes list ’30 Under 30’, alongside fellow Brit Emilia Clarke from ‘Game of Thrones’.
The stars are included in a list of more than 600 of the world’s youngest talents, in categories ranging from entertainment and music to games and technology, and the feature was cut down from an initial list of more than 15,000 names. It’s the fifth consecutive year that the list has been published, and was released on Monday (January 4th).
Daisy Ridley of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Actors Daisy Ridley And John Boyega Make Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Which young superstar deserves this year's accolade?
The nominations are in! Who will follow in the footsteps of Jack O'Connell as 2016's Rising Star Award winner at the Bafta Film Awards in February? This year's bunch of 20-something A-listers are making waves for all the right reasons in the movie industry, but we'll find out just who has come out on top at the ceremony in London on February 14th 2016.
Here's the five nominees:
Dakota Johnson in 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Continue reading: Dakota Johnson And John Boyega Lead BAFTA Rising Star Nominations
In its second week at the box office, ‘The Force Awakens’ is showing no signs of waning.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still pulling in big audiences at theatres over the Christmas weekend and has now passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The film is now the fastest ever to reach $1 billion worldwide, doing so in just 12 days.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Previous record holder Jurassic World took 13 days to reach $1 billion globally when it smashed records earlier this year. In the US, The Force Awakens racked up $153.5 million at the festive box office, bringing its US total so far to over $544.5 million.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Becomes Fastest Movie To Hit $1 Billion
The 'Star Wars' hero Boyega and his sister were close friends of Damilola Taylor, the 10 year old schoolchild shockingly murdered in South London in 2000.
John Boyega, one of the new young stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was one of the last people to see Damilola Taylor, the 10 year old schoolchild shockingly murdered on the streets of London by a gang in 2000, alive.
Damilola Taylor’s horrifying death made national headlines 15 years ago, and Taylor’s father has revealed that Boyega and his sister Grace would have been some of the last people to see his son alive, as they were very close as children.
John Boyega was a close friend of Damilola Taylor, the schoolchild shockingly murdered in London in 2000
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Actor John Boyega Was 'One Of The Last People To See Damilola Taylor Alive'
It was a predictably out of this world opening weekend for ‘The Force Awakens’, but the film has just missed out on breaking the world record.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just missed out on setting the world record for a box-office opening by $7.9 million, according to early estimates. Although the film smashed records around the globe it’s $517m worldwide box office gross puts it second to Jurassic World’s $524.9m record, achieved earlier this year.
Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Force Awakens suffered a disadvantage as studio Disney had failed to score a timely release for the film in China. Back in June, Jurassic World arrived on US and Chinese screens over the same weekend, bringing up it’s opening weekend gross.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Misses Out On Breaking Box Office World Record By $7.9M
Boyega’s friends weren’t expecting the actor to have so much screen time in ‘The Force Awakens’.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has revealed that his friends were shocked when they realised just how much screen time he had in the blockbuster film, believing at first he would just be an extra! Boyega plays new character Finn in the movie which is his first major film role.
John Boyega plays Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Speaking on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ on Friday, Boyega said "I took them to the London premiere and after the premiere they were just like, 'Yo, John, I never knew you were in the movie for so long – I thought you were an extra!' "
Continue reading: John Boyega's Friends Thought He Was Just An Extra In 'Star Wars:The Force Awakens'
The two lead actors in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are relative unknowns, 23-year-old Londoners with only a handful of credits between them.
Daisy Ridley has mainly appeared in TV series, while John Boyega won awards for his first film role in Attack the Block (2011). But of course all of that changes this weekend.
Both have spoken about the lengthy Star Wars audition process. "Luckily for me J.J. Abrams was searching as far and wide as possible to cast the role," says Ridley, who plays scavenger-turned-hero Rey. "I thought I'd ruined the first few auditions, but he saw some potential I guess and I was allowed to come back and read again. From when I started auditioning two years ago until now it has been like a rollercoaster."
Daisy Ridley at the London premiere of Star Wars
Continue reading: Star Wars Puts Ridley And Boyega In The Big Time
30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has been defeated, and his right hand man, Darth Vader, is dead. The second Death Star has been destroyed, and celebration reigned across the galaxy. But it was not the victory we once thought it was. With Imperial soldiers scattered across the galaxy, the Storm Troopers have rallied behind a new leader, a new Dark Lord of the Sith. But old heroes will rise once again, and come out of retirement, to once again wage war across the stars. The Force has awakened once more.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Of course there are black stormtroopers.
John Boyega has broken his silence on criticism from some Star Wars fans struggling to come to terms with a black Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. The British actor has one of the more prominent roles in the first trailer for the movie, though it quickly sparked an online backlash with #blackstormstrooper trending on Twitter over the weekend.
The Force Awakens trailer hit on Friday (November 28, 2014)
However, in a thank you note to fans on Instagram, Boyega signed off by writing, "To whom it may concern. Get used to it :)"
Continue reading: #blackstormtrooper: John Boyega Hits Back At Star Wars Critics
Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for Luke Skywalker and company, as both the light and dark of the universe clash once again. Episode VII, entitled 'Star Wars:
With new Star Wars Episode VII plot details flying around the rumor mill, fanfare surrounding the film is starting to build
J.J. Abrams has been incrementally dripping visual information regarding the upcoming reboot, Star Wars: Episode VII; we’ve had a glimpse at a bustling Tattooine marketplace and a chess table from the Millennium Falcon. Now, while talking about Ep. VII’s competition via Omaze, fans got a peek at a new breed of X-Wing.
The Star Wars Episode VII cast get together for a readthrough of the film's script
Standing in front of the new ship, Abrams makes one final plea for fans of the franchise and newcomers alike to get involved in a competition “to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families around the world” by supporting UNICEF’s Innovation Labs.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: J.J. Abrams Performs An X-Wing Ship Tease While Plot Rumors Abound
Well, the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' plot is weirder than we expected...
A Star Wars Episode 7 plot leak, from the usually reliable Badass Digest, has thrown the Universe into disarray this weekend. We're still treating this as a rumour, but if you're totally against hearing anything about J.J Abrams' movie until its release, stop reading now. Check out some casting news instead.
A still from the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script read through
Ok, so according to the leak, the movie begins with a severed hand, gripping a light saber, floating around space. The limb comes to rest on a desert planet, where it is discovered by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega's characters. The pair meet Han Solo and Chewbacca who recognize the lightsaber as belonging to someone they know.
Continue reading: Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Leak, Or Luke Skywalker's Severed Hand
Way to recover from a tight spot, J.J. Abrams and co.
Good news for Star Wars fans, Lupita fans and just people who enjoy good things in general – Lupita Nyong’o has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Kudos to whoever is making the casting decisions there, by the way. After the original casting was criticised for basically populating the film with all white men, hiring the most promising young Oscar winner of 2014 is probably the best way to recover.
Nyong'o and her impeccable style at Liberty State Park.
And in other “awesome ladies, who we’d love to see kick all the tail in Star Wars,” Gwendolyn Christie, aka Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in Episode VII. Sidenote: if you’re not a fan of Christie/Brienne, we’re not saying you’re wrong, but you definitely aren’t right.
Continue reading: Where Are The Women In "Star Wars: Episode VII"? Here They Are - The Most Wanted In The Business
The Star Wars team building session let the cat out of the bag...
Jj Abrams' team building sessions for Star Wars Episode 7 appear to have given away the cast for the forthcoming sci-fi epic. Sources speaking with The Sun reveal that Abrams took his new cast and crew out to a swanky London eatery in a bid to get the team "gelling."
Harrison Ford, Chilling in Brentwood
Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies, Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia and Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca. Joining them around the table was 'Girls' star Adam Driver, who has been cast to play a villain, and Andy Serkis, whose role is yet to be determined.
Continue reading: Did JJ Abrams' Team Building Star Wars Session Reveal Cast?
By trying to include an entire acclaimed novel on-screen, first-time filmmaker Biyi Bandele waters down momentous real-life events. The film is fascinating enough to hold our attention as it traces the first decade of Nigeria's independence, but the human drama at the centre never feels like much more than a soap opera.
The story starts in 1960 Lagos, as Nigeria proudly declares independence and looks to a bright future as Africa's largest, most prosperous nation. At the centre are twin sisters educated in America and Britain: Olanna (Thandie Newton) decides against working in the government, travelling north to teach at university; Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) moves east to manage their father's business. But it's their love lives that define them. Olanna falls for colleague Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), whose Mama (Onyeka Onwenu) treats her as if she's a witch. Meanwhile, Kainene has a passionate affair with married Englishman Richard (Joseph Mawle). And both of their relationship struggles are echoed in Nigeria's violent birth pangs.
The film is punctuated with newsreel footage from the period, which adds to the authentic production design. The 1960s are recreated on-screen with an attention to detail from the bustling village streets to the stylish Mad Men-like sophistication of upper-class sitting rooms. Indeed, the focus is on the contrast between locals caught in ethnic and religious traditions and the foreign-educated progressive thinkers. So it's no wonder that the country experiences a series of violent coups, ethnic cleansing and a hideous civil war.
Continue reading: Half Of A Yellow Sun Review
Star Wars Episode 7 will cast either Ed Speelers, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher or John Boyega in the lead role.
Sources close to the Star Wars Episode 7 casting have confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm has rounded the role of lead Jedi down to five young actors - one of whom will score the biggest movie part in years. With Girls star Adam Driver set to play the primary villain, Jj Abrams and his team have some context in which to cast the good-guy, and have selected their five would-be Jedi's.
Will Jesse Plemons Get The Star Wars Lead?
After meeting with several actors over the past year, Abrams and his casting directors have chosen Downton Abbey star Ed Speelers, Attack the Block's John Boyega, Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher as the final five for the lead role.
Continue reading: The 5 Actors Battling For The Lead In 'Star Wars Episode 7'
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