From 'Attack The Block' To 'Star Wars', John Boyega Is The Sci-Fi Hero We Deserve

In 2011, the world was introduced to the dynamic brilliance of British-Nigerian actor John Boyega in Joe Cornish's sci-fi horror comedy film, Attack The Block which followed a teenage street gang who have to defend themselves from alien invaders.

Unprecedented in both the sci-fi and horror genres, we got to see a black character not only survive an alien apocalypse but actually save the entire world. While the movie was not a box office hit when it was released, it has grown to become a cult classic.

The Star Wars & Pacific Rim sequels

Since that breakout role, Boyega has become a bonafide sci-fi icon. In 2015, he led one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he is now headling two of the most highly-anticipated sci-fi movies of the coming months, the Star Wars and Pacific Rim sequels.

For Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is due to hit cinemas on December 13, Boyega will reprise his role as stormtrooper-turned-hero, Finn – who brought most of the heart, humour and humanity to the acclaimed and hugely succesful first film. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Photo: Walt Disney Studios)

For Pacific Rim Uprising, which is due to hit cinemas next year on March 23, John Boyega not only stars but produces the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro's 2014 sci-fi classic, Pacific Rim, which starred Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam.

John Boyega plays ex-Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, son of Idris Elba's character, the late Stacker Pentecost, who is given a chance to unite the world and fellow Jaeger pilots to prevent humanity's extinction. We honestly can't wait to see what this gifted 25-year-old does next.

By Daniel Orubo, published on 11/10/2017