John Boyega Joins ‘Star Wars VII’ Cast
By Nathaniel Simons, The Africa Channel
His name may not register with you just yet, but give it a year and half and you’ll see this 22-year-old everywhere. For the past couple of months, the rumor mill has been churning with speculation as to whether or not the Nigerian-Brit would be boarding the J.J. Abrams-directed feature. Earlier this week, he was confirmed as a lead and now joins several Star Wars legends, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, in the much-anticipated saga. So who is John Boyega, and why should you know his name?
Born in Peckham, London, to parents of Nigerian origin, Boyega started performing in plays at the age of five. He trained at Theatre Peckham and later went on to South Thames College where he was a Performing Arts Major. His theatre trek didn’t stop there. Boyega went to the Identity Drama School in Hackney and later appeared in productions at the prestigious National Theatre.
The young thespian transitioned to film with a starring role in the 2011 sci-fi comedy Attack the Block. Since then, he’s been booking steady roles in television and film. However, looking at the actor’s upcoming slate, “steady” is now a thing of the past. Aside from Star Wars VII, you’ll see him in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, the upcoming season of 24, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and also as a young Jesse Owens in Race.
Are you a fan of Star Wars? And do you plan on checking out the 2015 release?