Like many overnight sensations, John Boyega worked on his craft for a very long time indeed before he became famous. The British actor was five years old when he first realised his love for performing, while playing a leopard in an infant school production. “I went on all fours,” he has said, “and gave him a character breakdown.” Eighteen years later, and having been cast on the strength of his first ever movie role, the Peckham native found himself as the leading man in one of the most anticipated movies in history, playing stormtrooper Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Next month will see Boyega, 25, crossing another frontier, playing the title character on the London stage in Georg Büchner’s 19th-century German classic Woyzeck, in a new version written specially for him. It is the actor’s first stage role for almost eight years and his first ever lead – a daunting leap, perhaps, to now find himself fronting a major production on the hallowed stage of the Old Vic. But the young man who carried the weight of the retooled Star Wars franchise, while brushing aside racist protests about the casting of a black actor as a stormtrooper,… Read full this story
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