Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Attack the Block star John Boyega will go from battling aliens in South London to racing Olympians in Nazi Germany. The British actor is set to lead Race, a biopic of legendary athlete Jesse Owens. Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Showtime’s House of Lies) will direct.
Owens is most famous for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The African-American track and field star won four gold medals at the Games, which Adolf Hitler had intended to be a showcase of Aryan superiority. More details on the movie after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
As shooting gets underway in London, 24: Live Another Day is taking advantage of the local talent. Stephen Fry and John Boyega (Attack the Block) have just boarded the Fox miniseries, joining returning leads Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub along with new stars Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Judy Davis, and Benjamin Bratt. Hit the jump to find out whom Fry and Boyega will be playing.
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Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming film, an adaptation of the Mark Millar story The Secret Service, is currently casting its second lead. Oscar-winner Colin Firth has already secured one role, that of an experienced secret agent who is in charge of mentoring a new recruit. Now the production is searching for his counterpart.
Variety reports three actors are currently at the top of the list: Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Christian Cook (Magic City). Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:
- Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
- The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
- Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
- Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
- HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
- Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
- The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
- Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
- Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Joe Cornish‘s insanely entertaining sci-fi-action-comedy Attack the Block was one of the best features I saw this summer, and at just 88 minutes, it was also one of the shortest. Though the brief runtine helped keep the story — about South London hood kids defending their housing complex from an alien attack — taut and fast-paced, it also had the downside of leaving me wishing I could’ve spent a little more time with Moses and the gang.
Now it seems my wish may actually be coming true, but I’m not sure how to feel about it anymore. Cornish revealed in an interview at New York City Comic-Con that he has in fact been approached to do a possible American remake, sequel, and/or TV spin-off of his original film, though he was careful to stress that any potential follow-ups were still in the “very early days.” More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Attack the Block‘s theatrical run is almost at an end, but fear not — you’ll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home soon enough. The “cult classic in the making” will hit shelves October 25 on Blu-ray and DVD. Whether you missed it the first time around or just really loved it and want to see it again and again, it’s worth checking out on disc. Though the film is small in scope, it crams more action, laughs, and intelligence into a lean 88 minutes than many films do in 120. There’s a reason it’s become a /Film favorite over the past few months.
Written and directed by Joe Cornish and executive produced by Edgar Wright, the film revolves around a south London street gang who must defend their housing complex when it comes under attack by terrifying monsters from outer space. The immensely talented John Boyega plays the tough, stoic leader of the group; Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, and Luke Treadaway co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the Blu-ray/DVD, including a picture of the cover.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
If you happened to catch a screening of Attack the Block this summer, you probably walked away thinking the same thing we did: this John Boyega kid is going to be a huge star. Well, Boyega’s now landed his first part since Attack the Block opened, and it sounds like a great one. He’ll play the lead, Donnie, in HBO’s series Da Brick, a fictionalized telling of the earliest days of Mike Tyson‘s boxing career. Spike Lee is set to direct the pilot episode from a script by John Ridley (Three Kings), and will also executive produce along with Tyson, Ridley, Jim Lefkowitz, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.
Da Brick centers around a young man in modern-day Newark, NJ who gets released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday. The series will aim to deal with larger issues like “what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America” and “what it means to be a man both for himself, and to those around him.” As long as the British Boyega can pull off a convincing Jersey accent, this seems like pitch-perfect casting. [Deadline]
After the jump, In Plain Sight‘s Rachel Boston faces a possible apocalypse with Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, and Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen, joins Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon.
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Outside of the fact that they bare a striking resemblance, John Boyega is nothing like Moses, his character in Joe Cornish’s sci-fi adventure film Attack the Block. John’s older, for one, 19 instead of 15. His British accent is more refined, his slick grey suit and skinny black tie are a far cry from the imposing baseball cap and hoodie he dons in the film and, on this early June morning, John’s not in South London but Los Angeles, sitting on the Sony Pictures lot talking about a role that, come July 29, is sure to change him from dapper young actor to famous movie star.
Yes, John Boyega is very different from the fearless, alien killing, neighborhood gang leader he plays in Attack the Block and that makes his performance even more impressive. After the jump, watch our video interview with the actor in which he talks about his favorite films, language, a potential sequel and what The Wire has to do with fighting aliens. Read More »
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