John Boyega in talks to star in legal drama A Naked Singularity

John Boyega is reportedly in talks to headline legal drama A Naked Singularity. The British actor catapulted to international fame when he landed the part of Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and has since appeared in the film’s 2017 sequel…

John Boyega is reportedly in talks to headline legal drama A Naked Singularity. 

The British actor catapulted to international fame when he landed the part of Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and has since appeared in the film’s 2017 sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and movies such as The Circle and Kathryn Bigelow’s 2017 crime-drama Detroit.

However, it now appears that Boyega is about to add another string to his bow, as editors at The Hollywood Reporter have reported that he is in negotiations to lead a film based on author Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel.

According to the publication, David Matthews will direct the project, working from a script he has co-written with Chase Palmer. Originally self-published in 2008, A Naked Singularity was re-published in 2012, and won the PEN Prize for Debut Fiction the following year.

The book tells the story of Casi, a child of immigrants who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan as a public defender. Though Casi has never lost a trial, a series of events causes him to re-evaluate his sense of justice.

It is not yet known which role Boyega has been attached to take on. No other casting details, or a potential release date, have been announced.

The 26-year-old was last seen onscreen in Pacific Rim: Uprising, which also marked his debut as a producer. He is currently voicing a character for animated TV series Watership Down and reprising his role as Finn in Star Wars: Episode IX, which is due for release at the end of 2019.

Meanwhile, Matthews is known for his work as a writer and producer on TV shows such as Tyrant and Vinyl. He has also penned episodes of Narcos and Boardwalk Empire.

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John Boyega and Letitia Wright to star in sci-fi love story

John Boyega and Letitia Wright are starring in upcoming sci-fi love story Hold Back the Stars.Deadline reported on Thursday (08Nov18) that the pair were attached to the adaptation of Katie Khan’s 2017 novel of the same name, which has been described as…

John Boyega and Letitia Wright are starring in upcoming sci-fi love story Hold Back the Stars.

Deadline reported on Thursday (08Nov18) that the pair were attached to the adaptation of Katie Khan’s 2017 novel of the same name, which has been described as “Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity.” The book tells the story of a couple who revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only 90 minutes of oxygen left, and Khan herself confirmed the news on Twitter the following day.

“Well, I see that secret I was so anxiously keeping is out. Hooray! Some absolutely dream casting for my novel, Hold Back the Stars, here (BESIDE MYSELF WITH EXCITEMENT),” she wrote.

Boyega and Wright retweeted the casting stories, and the Black Panther actress wrote on Instagram, “Excited to create this with you @johnboyega.”

Mike Cahill, best known for his 2011 independent science fiction drama Another Earth, will direct from a script written by screenwriter Christy Hall. The movie will be produced through Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment production company.

This will be the British film stars’ first time working together, however, they do share a friendship away from the big screen and caused much excitement among film fans when they attended the 2018 Met Gala together in May (18).

In September it was also announced that both Boyega and Wright had been selected as patrons of a new Los Angeles drama school, signing on as board members for the Identity School of Acting in West Hollywood. The venue serves as the Los Angeles branch of the London institution of the same name, where the acting duo both studied.

Femi Oguns, founder of the Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group, also expressed his pride over the casting, tweeting, “My two powerhouses @johnboyega and @letitiawright are attached to lead what will be the first ever Romance (sic) set in space where their colour is not mentioned.”

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Scott Eastwood fed up with ‘pretty boy’ label

Scott Eastwood is doing a ‘Brad Pitt’ by growing his hair out in the hope that he’ll stop being cast as a pretty boyThe 32-year-old, who is the son of movie legend Clint Eastwood, has been carving out his own Hollywood career over the past 12 years, …

Scott Eastwood is doing a ‘Brad Pitt’ by growing his hair out in the hope that he’ll stop being cast as a pretty boy

The 32-year-old, who is the son of movie legend Clint Eastwood, has been carving out his own Hollywood career over the past 12 years, with roles in films like The Fate of the Furious, Suicide Squad and brand-new action flick Pacific Rim: Uprising.

But the actor is now looking to take on some more serious roles, like his Fury co-star Brad.

“Having long hair is so weird,” he told Men’s Journal. “It’s the longest it’s been since I was a teenager. I’m trying to grow it out for a year or two. Commit to something.

“I’m trying to get out of the pretty boy thing. I want to do what Brad Pitt did – get a little down and dirty. Hollywood loves to put you in a box: ‘You’re the good-looking military guy.’ But I really want to play some complex characters with more depth. Real roles that have real demand for acting.”

And when it comes to his classic, all-American good looks, Scott disagrees that he’s anything special.

When asked by Haute Living what he thinks of his heartthrob status he replied: “I don’t know what to make of that. To me, there are a tonne of good-looking people in California. There are a tonne of better-looking people than me. I’m just trying to be in good movies, produce movies, put together stories that people respond to and like.

“I guess people (call me a heartthrob), but for me, it was never about being that. I’m just a guy, just a normal guy. I go up there and try to work hard and put my head down. I try to be a better person every day.”

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Pacific Rim: Uprising ends Black Panther’s run at the top in the U.S.

Pacific Rim: Uprising has ended Black Panther’s reign at the top of the North American box office. The film, starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, debuted with $28 million (GBP19.8 million) over the weekend as it romped to a global take of $146 mil…

Pacific Rim: Uprising has ended Black Panther’s reign at the top of the North American box office.

The film, starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, debuted with $28 million (GBP19.8 million) over the weekend as it romped to a global take of $146 million (GBP103 million), thanks to a massive Chinese opening.

That means the critically panned blockbuster is very close to breaking even on the back of an estimated $165 million (GBP116.7 million) budget.

Marvel blockbuster Black Panther falls to second place at the North American box office after spending five weeks at the top, becoming the top-grossing superhero film of all time. The movie, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, is only one of seven films to ever earn $600 million (£424 million) or more in the U.S.

The film’s $16.7 million (GBP11.8 million) sixth weekend gives it a total of $630.9 million (GBP446.3 million), which beats Marvel’s previous North American box office best, Avengers, by over $7 million (GBP5 million).

Black Panther is now the continents fifth highest-grossing movie of all-time after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar, Titanic, and Jurassic World.

Dennis Quaid’s new movie I Can Only Imagine stays put at three with a $13.8 million (GBP9.7 million) second weekend haul, while new release Sherlock Gnomes and the revamped Tomb Raider complete the new top five.

A Wrinkle in Time, Love, Simon, Paul, Apostle of Christ, and Game Night also feature in the top 10, while Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger’s new romance, Midnight Sun, limps into the top 10 at 10 with a $4.1 million (2.9 million) take.

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John Boyega not interested in Blade role

John Boyega is no longer interested in leading a Blade revamp.The Star Wars actor has become a fan favourite to take on the Marvel Comics vampire slayer character, who was previously portrayed on the big screen in the 1990s and early 2000s by Wesley Sn…

John Boyega is no longer interested in leading a Blade revamp.

The Star Wars actor has become a fan favourite to take on the Marvel Comics vampire slayer character, who was previously portrayed on the big screen in the 1990s and early 2000s by Wesley Snipes, and some devotees have even created mock-ups of the Brit in character.

John is flattered by the campaigns, but the 26-year-old admits the role is not something he is up for taking on at the moment.

“You know, a role like that for me, it would require a serious transformation,” he explained to Entertainment Tonight. “I want to see Wesley Snipes come back in the role. I think it would be good to see him helm Blade again. That’d be good.”

John is focused on his new film Pacific Rim Uprising, which he also produced through his UpperRoom Entertainment Limited production company.

The follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi monster epic has given the star an opportunity to turn a page on his film career, and Boyega admits he is more interested in production projects than ever now.

“If I could produce every single film I’m in, I would,” he told Variety at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday (21Mar18). “I love it. I love it.

“Being a producer has been fantastic. It’s something I’d studied for and I wanted to be part of. There was a whole process I’d never seen from that perspective. There were loads of things I was involved in, in terms of choices for the movie. It was surprising to see how much goes into the development of a movie of this scale.”

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John Boyega truly ‘honoured’ to play Idris Elba’s son in Pacific Rim sequel

Actor John Boyega considers it an “honour” to portray Idris Elba’s onscreen son in the Pacific Rim sequel because he always wanted to emulate the Thor star’s career. Idris’ character, General Stacker Pentecost, was killed off in Guillermo del Toro’s 2…

Actor John Boyega considers it an “honour” to portray Idris Elba’s onscreen son in the Pacific Rim sequel because he always wanted to emulate the Thor star’s career.

Idris’ character, General Stacker Pentecost, was killed off in Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi movie, and Boyega picks up the story as his wayward son, robot pilot Jake Pentecost, in the new follow-up, Pacific Rim Uprising.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor was thrilled to land the role of Jake, because following in his fellow Londoner’s footsteps onscreen was something John had long aspired to.

“Every morning you wake up to play Idris Elba’s son, you feel slightly more good looking than you naturally would… so that’s a great thing!” he joked about the new film.

Getting serious, John told breakfast show Good Morning America, “It’s an honour. I mean, for me, Idris Elba is like (superhero) Captain America, he’s just fantastic and the first person in the Black British culture to come over here (to America) and be a success (in Hollywood), so it’s great.”

The new project also gives John his first credit as a producer for his own company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited, which he founded in 2015.

“It’s a big step and I’m very excited…,” Boyega said, “and the opportunity to do this as our first project is fantastic.”

As Pentecost, Boyega provides a little comic relief to the monster movie, and it’s one aspect of his personality he’d like to expand on in future film roles, although he doubts it will be anytime soon.

“I’d love to do a comedy,” he shared, “but I’m just exploring several different genres at the moment, and I think drama is next for me, but definitely a comedy’s in the cards for me.”

Meanwhile, John is also working towards bringing about positive change in Hollywood by adopting an inclusion rider clause in his movie contracts to ensure diversity in hiring cast and crewmembers for his upcoming projects.

He is the latest star to pledge his support to the idea, highlighted by Frances McDormand during her Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars earlier this month (Mar18). Michael B. Jordan, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have also announced plans to help make inclusion riders an industry standard going forward.

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John Boyega wants to combine action roles with passion projects

John Boyega plans to do it all in Hollywood by combining blockbuster roles with pursuing his own passion projects. The Star Wars actor, 25, takes the lead in science-fiction sequel Pacific Rim Uprising, playing Jake Pentecost, the wayward son of Idris…

John Boyega plans to do it all in Hollywood by combining blockbuster roles with pursuing his own passion projects.

The Star Wars actor, 25, takes the lead in science-fiction sequel Pacific Rim Uprising, playing Jake Pentecost, the wayward son of Idris Elba’s character from the 2013 original.

John’s role as Jake, a skilled pilot of giant Jaeger robots tasked with fighting off alien enemies, is his first as an all-action hero in a major blockbuster.

At a special screening of the film in London, he shared with WENN his future career hopes.

“I want to do all of them. I’m going to do all of them,” he said of action flicks and serious dramas.

He added that in addition to his blockbuster commitments, he had “a few” passion projects he was pursuing with his UpperRoom Productions company.

One part he has been linked to is Marvel’s vampire superhero Blade, but the British star would not be drawn on whether he would be taking over from Wesley Snipes, who last played the character in 2004.

Despite being cast in Star Wars, Pacific Rim Uprising, and Attack the Block, John is unworried about being defined as a sci-fi star, noting dramas like Detroit and The Circle have kept his output varied.

The actor also has a production credit on the new Pacific Rim movie, and revealed he had been closely involved in the creative process behind director Steven S. DeKnight’s film.

“Creatively I was definitely concerned about the decisions that were being made (making the film), but that’s a concern that’s natural to every project, when someone comes to me with a project, I have to consider a few things,” he explained. “So it was nothing out of the ordinary, and I felt a distinct connection to Steve and the team.”

Pacific Rim Uprising hits cinemas from 21 March (18).

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Jurassic World 3 will be released in June 2021

Jurassic World 3 producers have announced the film will officially hit cinemas on 21 June 2021.The second movie in the series Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, premieres on 22 June (18), and Universal reveale…

Jurassic World 3 producers have announced the film will officially hit cinemas on 21 June 2021.

The second movie in the series Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, premieres on 22 June (18), and Universal revealed on Wednesday (21Feb18) that they plan to release the follow-up film in three years’ time.

Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow will return as executive producers while Emily Carmichael, who co-wrote the script of Pacific Rim Uprising, will team up with Trevorrow to work on the screenplay.

“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. (Bayona, the director) has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”

Spielberg, who directed the first two instalments of the original Jurassic Park series, recently opened up about his frustrations when filming the first of the iconic blockbusters, as he was also working on his Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List at the time.

“I didn’t anticipate what it would feel like after I returned from the (Schindler’s List) set to spend three hours going over Industrial Light & Magic (special) effects shots on Jurassic Park and how angry I was and how I resented having to do that”, he told U.K. movie magazine Empire.

“I would sit there angry and bitter and giving notes on how a Tyrannosaurus Rex should run chasing a jeep, when all I could think of was what I had shot that day in Krakow.”

Jurassic World was released in 2015 and grossed $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) at the worldwide box office.

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