Dayo Okeniyi Terminator Genesis

Not long ago there was chatter about John Boyega (Attack the Block) being eyed to join Terminator: Genesis. He would have played the son of Terminator 2 character Miles Dyson. But things have changed. Now Dayo Okeniyi, recently seen playing Thresh in The Hunger Games, will take the role. That firms up the major Terminator cast.

But there’s a second side to the story. One roadblock between Boyega and Terminator: Genesis was the possibility that he would appear in Star Wars Episode VII. He couldn’t do both. So can we take this info about Okeniyi’s casting to indicate that Boyega is locked for Star Wars, or at least getting closer?  Read More »

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Star Wars 7 casting

Variety has learned that JJ Abrams is looking at the following five actors for the lead role in Star Wars: Episode 7:

  • Ed Speleers of Downton Abbey
  • John Boyega of Attack the Block
  • Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad
  • Matthew James Thomas, theater actor who appeared in Billy Elliot and About A Boy
  • Ray Fisher, theater actor

These five are supposedly on the top of the list for the lead Jedi apprentice role in the Star Wars sequel. But these actors are not the only men in the mix – the industry trade adds that some insiders “warn the search is still ongoing.”

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John Boyega in Attack the Block

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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24 Live Another Day

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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Secret Service Short List

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 »

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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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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‘Attack the Block’ Hits Blu-ray and DVD October 25

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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