John Boyega has lined up his next meaty role after being cast in edge-of-your-seat thriller The Test.
The Star Wars actor has reportedly signed up to star as a brilliant behavioural psychologist who is supervising a soft-spoken immigrant (Payman Maadi) during a citizen evaluation test.
However according to Deadline, they’re forced to confront a terrorist group led by a far-right fanatic during ‘the test’.
Gavin Hood will direct the thriller which has been adapted from novella The Test, written by author Sylvain Neuvel.
It’s believed the film will be a ‘contained thriller’ due to its limitations filming during the pandemic, but frankly, it will probably heighten the tension.
John’s co-star Payman is best known for roles in Netflix’s recent action blockbuster 6 Underground, which also featured Ryan Reynolds, Westworld and The Night Of.
Director Gavin has described The Test as ‘a heart-pounding psychological thriller, set in an authoritarian near-future that grabbed me by the throat and left me reeling’.
It will be one of John’s first roles since the end of the Star Wars franchise with The Rise of Skywalker last year.
John, 28, will next appear in Small Axe, the anthology series created by award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. The actor will feature in the Red, White and Blue segment starring as real life policeman Leroy Logan.
Small Axe will feature stories about London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s.
The news of John’s latest casting comes after the Detroit actor stepped down as an ambassador for Jo Malone after the perfume brand axed from an advert he helped to create.
In the ad, John is seen walking around his hometown of Peckham, London and partying with family and friends while also wearing traditional Nigerian clothing. However, the actor was completely edited out of the advert for the Chinese market and instead replaced by actor Liu Haoran.
The brand issued a public apology to John but he later decided to cut ties with the company, stating that he ‘could not condone’ his culture being ‘dismissively traded out’.
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