LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Trailer

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Hyper Toy Drive 2020
  • Star Wars: Squadrons Updates
  • Star Wars Podcast & YouTube Round-Up
  • Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills – The Manga
  • John Boyega’s “Transparent, Honest” Conversation with Kathleen Kennedy
  • And more!

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red white and blue trailer

There are few directors that have properly utilized John Boyega to his full, star-powered potential, and Steve McQueen is one of those directors. In the latest of McQueen’s Small Axe films (a collection of interrelated films), Boyega gives one of the best performances of his career as a Black police officer who faces the daunting task of trying to affect change from within a corrupt, racist system. Watch the Red, White and Blue trailer below.

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rise of skywalker script leak john boyega

John Boyega doesn’t want what happened to him to happen to other actors of color. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star has been vocal about his unhappiness with the way Disney handled the torrential online abuse that Boyega suffered when he was part of the Star Wars universe, nor the way his character was sidelined in the films. But Boyega is hoping that other studios will learn a lesson and not let their POC stars “get Boyega-ed.”

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John Boyega Star Wars Criticisms

In September, John Boyega gave an interview with GQ in which he voiced dissatisfaction with the Star Wars trilogy he appeared in. Specifically, Boyega felt that Disney had gone to great lengths to use the actor’s likeness in its ads, all in the name of highlight a new Black Star Wars character, only to then sideline him as the trilogy progressed. This was all the more apparent in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in which both Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran (especially Tran) had very little to do with the main narrative. In a new interview, Boyega says he had a “very honest, a very transparent conversation” with a Disney executive about the matter.

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red white and blue review

“Big change…that is a slow-turning wheel.”

There are no easy victories in Red, White and Blue, the last in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series highlighting the London West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. Following the story of Leroy Logan (John Boyega), a young forensic scientist who is driven by racial injustice against his father to become a police officer, Red, White and Blue is by far McQueen’s most challenging film of the series, not just because it takes on the tangled topic of racist policing, but because it refuses to give us, the audience, the satisfaction of a Hollywood happy ending. Instead, Red, White and Blue is a difficult, oftentimes bleak, reflection of the Sisyphean fight for racial equality with Boyega at the center as that mythic figure fruitlessly rolling the boulder up the mountain.

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the test john boyega

John Boyega has his next project lined-up. He’ll star in The Test for director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game), described as a “contained thriller” about a behavioral psychologist and an immigrant dealing with a terrorist group in an “authoritarian near-future.” It’s an adaptation of the Sylvain Neuvel book of the same name.

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They Cloned Tyrone Cast

John Boyega may have walked away disappointed with his experience working on the new Star Wars trilogy, but that hasn’t turned him off sci-fi in general. The actor is slated to star in the Netflix original sci-fi mystery movie They Cloned Tyrone, and he’s finally getting some company in front of the camera. Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris (Chi-raq, Candyman) have joined the cast of the movie. Read More »

borderland cast

Borderland – not to be confused with the video game adaptation Borderlands – has lined-up a very impressive cast. The IRA thriller will star John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Felicity Jones, with the Guard Brothers, who were behind the Tale of Two Sisters remake The Uninvited, set to direct from a script they co-wrote with Ronan Bennett.

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Attack the Block Vinyl Soundtrack Release

John Boyega may best be known for his role as a defected Stormtrooper turned Resistance hero in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, but back in 2011, his career was just taking off with a breakthrough performance in the sci-fi action comedy Attack the Block. Directed by Joe Cornish, the movie saw Boyega playing the leader of a teen gang in South London who have to protect their block from an alien invasion. Ever since the movie was released, fans have wanted to see an Attack the Block sequel, so it’s exciting to hear that Joe Cornish and John Boyega recently discussed getting back together to make it happen. Read More »

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john boyega black lives matter

The Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-police brutality protests sweeping the nation have become a sort of litmus test for which celebrities can put their money where their mouth is. Empty words of support and vague platitudes don’t work anymore when America — and the rest of the world — is this angry and this broken. Sure, some stars are obliged to the big money-making corporations and their carefully set standards. But John Boyega doesn’t care about that. Boyega starred in (and was arguably underserved by) one of the biggest franchises in the world, his face plastered across Star Wars posters and trailers for the past five years. But he’s willing to give up the security of a Disney paycheck to speak candidly and emotionally about what he believes in.

Boyega gave a rousing Black Lives Matter speech in his home town of London, acknowledging that a speech as unvarnished and angry as his could mean the end of his career. But his speech stirred Hollywood filmmakers and writers to throw their support behind him, and promise him that he will still have plenty of work in the years to come.

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