Allow it. After fighting off aliens in Attack the Block, John Boyega has jumped aboard his next feature production, Variety reports. The young actor, which we thought gave one of the best breakthrough performances of last year, will star in the feature debut of Biyi Bandele, the drama titled Half of a Yellow Sun. He’ll be joining Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dominic Cooper, who are already part of the cast as of earlier this year.
Bandele is a Nigerian playwright and his film uses Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970 — wherein the southeastern areas of Nigeria tried to secede from the Republic of Biafra — as a background. It’ll primarily focus on “a revolutionary university professor, his lover, her sister, a British ex-pat, and their houseboy.”
Boyega has also signed on to lead Billy O’Brien‘s Isolation follow-up Creeping Zero, which Shadow and Act has more details on. It will be adapted from Jeff Noon‘s Pixel Juice, a series of short stories and has been struggling to find financing but now is set to go into production this year. Check out a synopsis below.
60 years into the future, Civilization is divided. The Creeping Zero team are employed to protect their fellow humans from having their faces taken by the Fumati. But when your image can be stolen, how can you know who you are.
Production on Sun begins in April, while Zero will start in the fall.
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