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Bio For: John Boyega
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JOHN BOYEGA (Jake Pentecost/Produced by), recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' 2016 Rising Star Award and the Chopard Trophy at Cannes, captured worldwide attention for his starring role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released by Disney/Lucasfilm in December 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film grossed over $2 billion worldwide, shattering box-office records and stamping its place in history as the highest-grossing U.S. film release of all time and third-highest internationally. He reprised the role of Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson in December 2017.

In 2017, Boyega starred in director Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, which was released by Annapurna Pictures. Written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), the true story followed the civil unrest and riots that descended on Detroit for five days during summer 1967.

In 2014, he starred in the Netflix feature Imperial Dreams, which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; and the in 2017, he starred in James Ponsoldt's adaptation of Dave Eggers' book The Circle opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

In theater, Boyega starred in the London West End production of Woyzeck at The Old Vic Theatre. He trained at the Identity School of Acting before booking his first roles on stage in Six Parties, directed by Emma Keele at The National Theatre, and Category B at The Tricycle Theatre, directed by Paulette Randall. Additional theater credits include Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre) and Detaining Justice (Tricycle Theatre).

Boyega first garnered industry attention in Joe Cornish's cult sci-fi film Attack the Block, which won the Audience Award at SXSW in 2011 among other accolades that year. He went on to star in Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor; the HBO pilot Da Brick, directed by Spike Lee; the BBC film My Murder, directed by Bruce Goodison; and the BBC/Discovery feature length drama The Whale, alongside Martin Sheen.

His television credits include the critically acclaimed BBC series Becoming Human, Law & Order: UK for ITV and 24: Live Another Day. He currently resides in London.

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PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (PG-13) On Video: 6/19/2018 At Theaters: 3/23/2018
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (PG-13) On Video: 3/27/2018 At Theaters: 12/15/2017
DETROIT (R) On Video: 12/12/2017 At Theaters: 8/4/2017
ATTACK THE BLOCK (R) On Video: 10/25/2011 At Theaters: 7/29/2011
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