John Boyega is a British actor who is best known for his portrayal of Finn in the third trilogy of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. “John Boyega” is the name that he uses professionally, while his real name is John Adebayo G. Adegboyega.
Boyega was born to a couple of British Nigerians in 1992 in London. He took part in several plays at school and started learning theater after being noticed for his talent by the artistic director of a learning theater for the young who offered Boyega financial assistance. He joined South Thames College for a diploma in performing arts. After that, Boyega joined the University of Greenwich to pursue a bachelor’s degree in film studies and media writing but dropped out to focus on acting. Having trained at the Identity School of Acting in Hackney, Boyega initially worked as a theater actor.
He made his debut in the 2011 sci-fi comedy, ‘Attack the Block’ in which he played one of the lead characters. He also acted in the movie, ‘Junkhearts’ in the same year. Then, in 2012 he essayed the role of Ugwu in the cinematic adaptation of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’
However, it was his casting as Finn in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ that earned Boyega international recognition. His character was a stormtrooper who leaves the First Order after witnessing their cruelty and joins the fight against them. Boyega’s performance was well-received by critics and audiences alike. He reprised his role in the movie’s sequel, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and the series’ final installment which will release next month.
In 2016, Boyega founded his own production company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited which co-produced the movie, ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising.’ He was the lead actor for that movie as well. In 2017, Boyega was seen in ‘Detroit,’ a movie that chronicled the events of the 1967 Detroit riots.
You might be wondering about the projects he will be seen in next. We have you covered as we bring all of John Boyega’s upcoming movies and television shows. Hopefully, his new performances will be as good as his recent ones.
5. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
This upcoming movie will mark the end of an epic era that began in 1977. Planned as the final movie of the third and last trilogy of the Star Wars movie, ‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ will seek to provide a satisfactory conclusion to the “Skywalker Saga.” It is set one year after the events of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and will primarily focus on another battle between the First Order and the Resistance. It will portray the climactic resolution to the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith.
John Boyega will reprise his role as Finn one last time. Carrie Fisher will be seen as Leia Organa too through unreleased footage from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ due to her death in 2016. The 2020 movie is directed by J.J. Abrams who also directed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and will be released next month, on the 20th of December.
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4. Naked Singularity (2020)
‘Naked Singularity’ is an upcoming drama movie that is based on Sergio de la Pava’s first novel of the same name. A story that fits in the genre of “hysterical realism,” la Pava’s tale is an epic and surreal portrayal of a public defender whose life starts to fall apart after he loses his first case. The book has been described as being exuberantly ambitious with intelligently crafted hyperrealism telling a tale that has something to say about the real world through its almost psychedelic detours.
If the cinematic adaptation lives up to the popular novel even a little bit, it will undoubtedly be a treat to watch. John Boyega will reportedly play the lead character of Casi, the public defender who takes a lot of pride in his success but has his life turn upside down after losing his first trial. Olivia Cooke, Ed Skrein and Bill Skarsgard will also be a part of the cast of ‘Naked Singularity’.
3. Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (2017-)
John Boyega reprised his role as the First Order stormtrooper, Finn by lending his voice for six episodes of this animated series that is set in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. Set across multiple fictional eras and on various planets in the fictional universe, the series focuses on pivotal female characters and how their choices in crucial scenarios shaped not only their destinies but that of the ‘Star Wars’ universe too. It was first released in 2017 with the initial season split into two parts while the second season was premiered next year. It is unclear whether ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ will return for a third season or not.
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2. Small Axe (TBA)
‘Small Axe’ is an upcoming miniseries by BBC which is scheduled to be a six-part anthology period drama show. Steve McQueen who is known for directing the Oscar-winning movie, ’12 Years A Slave’ helms this epic project that will depict five stories about the West-Indian community of London between 1968 and the early 1980s.
Set around historical events, the tale will begin after the anti-immigration politician, Enoch Powell’s infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech and the opening of a restaurant called “The Mangrove,” which turns into a social hotspot for the West-Indian community. The show’s title is an allusion to a Jamaican proverb about marginality: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, and Shaun Parkes are some of the cast members of the miniseries.
1. Hold Back the Stars (TBA)
This upcoming science-fiction movie will see John Boyega return to space after ‘Star Wars.’ The movie is an adaptation of Katie Khan’s novel of the same name. The film’s story is set in a futuristic, utopian world where a man and a woman re-live their relationship by going through their memories while they are trapped in space with 90 minutes of oxygen left. The movie is still in its pre-production phase.
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