London-born actors John Boyega and Will Poulter, aged 25 and 24 respectively, may seem like odd choices to star in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, chronicling a racially charged event in the Midwestern city in July 1967.
Boyega (The Force Awakens) plays Melvin Dismukes, a quietly observant security officer, while Poulter (The Revenant) plays Philip Krauss, an abusive policeman. As non-American actors, they're able to get under the skin of these characters without any cultural baggage. And despite the fact that they are playing characters on opposite sides of the conflict, the actors bonded on the set.
Detroit stars the two Brits
Boyega says he heard about the film when the auditions came up, and he had time to fit one movie in before resuming his Star Wars role for The Last Jedi. "I wanted a movie that was grounded and based on a true story," he says. "And this was an issue that I'm very passionate about, given the subject matter. I see the movie as Detroit's origin story: the scars and the hurt. This place was victimised by systemic racism and violence. And that creates an imbalance that's very, very hard to sort out."
Continue reading: John Boyega And Will Poulter Bonded In Detroit
Boyega told ABC that Princess Leia's final appearance in Star Wars is marked properly in 'The Last Jedi'.
The young London-born actor, who plays Finn, revealed to American broadcaster ABC in a new interview this week that he shares “many scenes” with Fisher in the upcoming eighth instalment of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, and that the franchise “keeps her alive”.
Fisher died suddenly in December 2016 at the age of 60, and her final big-screen performance will come in The Last Jedi when it is released in cinemas at the end of this year. She had already completed filming her role in the movie at the time of her death, meaning no digital trickery has had to be used, but Leia will have no part in the ninth and final film set for 2019, and Boyega was asked about her final appearances and how the production team had treated it.
He's giving back to his 'king and queen' with his newfound fortune.
With fame and fortune comes the expectation of generosity, but for John Boyega it was a no-brainer that he would splash out his mega earnings on his very own family. Parents are literally swooning everywhere at his kind gift-giving towards his mother and father.
John Boyega at the Olivier Awards
The 25-year-old 'Star Wars' actor spent some of his millions on a property for his lucky folks, Abigail and Samson. He revealed his lavish deed to a reporter for Entertainment Tonight on the red carpert of the premiere for his latest movie 'Detroit'.
Continue reading: John Boyega Spent 'Star Wars' Earnings On A House For His Parents
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'
Eight stars that you can expect to see more of next year.
Next year will most certainly be an important year for many stars; some actors that have already had their breakthrough roles will move on to other major projects, and other actors who haven't yet had their leading breaks will do so in the next twelve months.
Here are the top movie stars to look out for next year.
1. Maika Monroe - If you remember her from her role as Patricia Whitmore in 'Independence Day: Resurgence', you certainly won't be able to miss her next year. She has seven films coming out in 2017, including 'I'm Not Here' starring J.K. Simmons, 'Felt' with Liam Neeson and 'The Scent of Rain and Lightning' opposite Maggie Grace.
Continue reading: Maika Monroe, RJ Cyler And More: Stars To Look Out For In 2017
Will Poulter has landed a role in a new movie based on the 1967 Detroit riots, alongside John Boyega, Ben O'Toole and Jack Reynor.
Will Poulter has landed a role in a new movie based on the 1967 Detroit riots.
The 23-year-old English actor is set to star in the upcoming crime drama alongside Jack Reynor, newcomer Ben O'Toole and 'Star Wars: The Force awakens' star John Boyega, according to Variety.
The production will reenact the uproar in the July of the sixties, which erupted in America, due to the institutionalized racism after a police raided unlicensed bars that caused a large revolt.
Continue reading: Will Poulter Will Star In New Movie Based On The 1967 Detroit Riots
John Boyega - The 69th British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Arrivals at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016
The list features 300 people in 10 categories, ranging from the arts to technology.
Musicians Hozier and Adele and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega are among those named by Forbes magazine in their first ever list of the 30 most influential Europeans under 30. The magazine selected 30 people from 10 different categories to make up the lists, which were complied by a panel of experts in each particular field.
Hozier has been named one of Forbes 30 most influential Europeans under 30.
"Researching, vetting and launching our first ever 30 Under 30 Europe list was an incredible task," said Randall Lane, editor of Forbes. "We scoured the continent to find the most talented millennials and, with the help of our expert judges, are proud to honour 300 of the most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars in Europe right now.”
While the new trailer has given away little secrets, fans are freaking out in anticipation for ‘The Force Awakens’.
On Monday evening the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit and the internet nearly broke, thanks to the reactions of excited fans. The new clip is our third look at the upcoming film, but this trailer is by far the most interesting for fans, even if it gives little away.
Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Newcomer Daisy Ridley is heavily featured as Rey, a scavenger who is thought to be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The actress herself was just as emotional as the franchises’ legion of fans on Monday, while watching the trailer from her bed.
It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the intrepid Princess Leia and the lionhearted Han Solo; finally defeated Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, alongside his redeemed assistant Darth Vader. The second Death Star was reduced to rubble, and the galaxy was free from a tyrannous evil once more. If only that were true. For there can never be good without evil, and sure enough another Dark Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, has arisen to take the Emperor's place, with even more brutal plans for the civilians across the stars. But this time there are also new heroes, better equipped to deal with the ever looming terror thanks to an example set by the now ageing former Han, Luke and Leia. They are now preparing to help a vindicated former stormtrooper named Finn, an independent scavenger called Rey, and Poe Dameron who is a Resistance X-Wing pilot.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Benicio Del Toro is reportedly in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).
Benicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.
The cast and crew of the hugely anticipated upcoming 'Star Wars' movie 'The Force Awakens' took to San Diego Comic Con International to treat the eager fans to a few surprises in celebration of the franchise's return. Among some of the people that appeared on the panel were director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and stars Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie and of course Harrison Ford.
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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.
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.
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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