The British 'Star Wars' actor told the Evening Standard that, before he was famous, he was consistently stopped by airline security in America.
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.
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.
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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?
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Ford described his co-star as ‘one-of-a-kind.’
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
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:
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
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.
The record-breaking box office smash received a staggering 11 nominations, including for its young stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
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
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.
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.
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'
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
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.
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!' "
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.
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
The actor even got to watch Williams score the film.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is coming to the big screen for public viewing very soon. Fans are looking forward to seeing the incredible cast of old and new stars, the enormous sets that will no doubt be more awesome than ever before and the amazing journey these chracters are about to embark on. For John Boyega, however, one of the most underrated highlights of the movie is the music.
John Boyega was impressed by new John Williams score
Legendary composer John Williams returns to score the film, which is only fitting given that 'The Imperial March' is one of the most recognised film themes in the world. Boyega and his co-stars even got the chance to witness Williams recording the new score, which turns out to have been a mind-blowing experience.
Before landing the role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens John Boyega was relatively unknown, he's appeared in Joe Cornish's Brit sci-fi comedy Attack The Block but most of his other work was TV based roles so as a lifelong fan of the movie franchise, this was one hell of a role for John to land. As well as obviously being ecstatic to work with JJ Abrams, John also explains how fantastic it was to be around Harrison Ford 24/7 as well as being able to explore the HUGE Millennium Falcon set.
Continue reading: John Boyega - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Interview
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is all about diversity.
John Boyega is one of the newest members of the 'Star Wars' franchise and, in case you haven't been following the little promotional material that has already been released for 'The Force Awakens', he also happens to be one of the only black characters. Such recognition of diversity ought to be praised, but his involvement has sparked controversy among the prejudiced fans of the web since he appeared in the first trailer.
John Boyega stars as Finn in 'The Force Awakens'
However, the up and coming British star isn't letting such ridiculous internet trolling get to him. 'I'll be honest; I really don't care about the black Stormtrooper stuff', Boyega, who plays the character Finn in the movie, insists. 'I couldn't care less.' Instead, he's focusing more on the wider elements of the film, and the true meaning within the plot. 'This is a movie about human beings, about Wookies, about spaceships and TIE fighters and it has a message of courage and friendship and loyalty and I think that's something that's ultimately important.'
Continue reading: John Boyega 'Couldn't Care Less' About Black Stormtrooper Criticism
The director has discussed the criticism the film has received for casting Boyega as a Stormtrooper.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams stopped by ‘The Howard Stern Show’ on Monday to talk about the much anticipated sequel. Speaking to the shock-jock, Abrams discussed criticisms over the casting of black actor John Boyega as a Stormtrooper, while also revealing why fans haven't seen Luke Skywalker in any of the film’s trailers yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams.
Discussing those who have criticised the film for casting Boyega as a black stormtrooper, Abrams said: 'All I know is John Boyega is extraordinary in the new movie. I think the people who are complaining about that probably have bigger problems than there's a black stormtrooper.’
After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
It doesn't tell us much, but here's your first taster of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.
It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it looks pretty intense. Vehicles have updated, the stormtroopers are looking shinier and R2D2 appears to have evolved.
Star Wars returns in December 2015
Since George Lucas announced his retirement from the franchise, there's been all sorts of speculation about what differences could be expected from an updated sequel: though it's difficult to tell from the less than one and a half minute trailer. Everyone seems to be in a rush (especially, in a comical fashion, R2D2) and there's some brand new faces, who all look a little nervous as a voiceover booms out: 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.'
Mark Hamill is impressed by the Star Wars Episode VII cast.
Mark Hamill, the American who will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in JJ Abrams Star Wars: Episode 7, has spoken of his approval of the new cast-members, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow and Andy Serkis. The new cast-members were revealed in a photograph from the script-read through at Pinewood Studios this week, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Hamill also attending the session.
Afterwards, the 62-year-old tweeted:
Continue reading: Mark Hamill On Boyega, Ridley, Gleeson, Isaac: "Wow, They're Good"
The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast has finally been announced. Let's meet them.
The Star Wars: Episode VII cast has finally been announced, they’ve taken their sweet time with that one! So, who have producers picked to join original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker?
Adam Driver was rumoured to have joined the Star Wars cast back in February
Continue reading: Driver, Domhnall, Daisy: Meet The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast
Why would aliens invade a housing estate in south London? That's the question a gang of youths find themselves asking one and other when that very thing happens in their neighbourhood. As Sam, a trainee nurse, walks home through the dark streets near her flat she's attacked and mugged by some street kids, fearing for her safety luckily the kids become distracted when they see a bright object fall to earth. Exploring the wreckage, they're attacked by a small yet fiece creature which they manage to kill.
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