Magazine article Variety

John BOYEGA

Magazine article Variety

John BOYEGA

Article excerpt

INITIAL 'ATTACK'

Boyega, 21, starred in 201 Ts Brit cult hit "Attack the Block," which grossed $4 million in the U.K., and recently made a splash at Sundance as the star of "Imperial Dreams," in which he plays an ex-con and aspiring writer trying to turn his life around. He just signed on to play Jesse Owens in "Race," which is being sold at Berlin.

POINTS SOUTH

The actor, from a tough part of South London, says he could relate to the universal story of "Dreams," which is set in and around the Imperial Gardens housing project in South Los Angeles. "The culture is different, the language and the accent," he notes. But it helped that producer Jonathan Schwartz and director Malik Vitthal gave him four weeks before filming to prep in the neighborhood, where he was embraced by residents.

DISCOVERING HIS IDENTITY

Boyega says he stumbled into acting because he loved to be the center of attention. "I enjoy making people laugh and acting out stories," he notes, crediting London's Identity School of Acting with shaping his talent. …

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