John Boyega talks about challenging himself in new movie Detroit

2017-08-15 06:01

Detroit — Detroit star John Boyega says his new movie may be set a half-century ago, but it explores issues that remain relevant.

"We're dealing with systematic racism. We're dealing with social unrest. We're dealing with an uprising. And these are stories that reflect until today — especially police brutality," Boyega told The Associated Press during a recent interview.

The London-born actor was in Detroit promoting the film of the same name. 

Directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit is a drama about the 1967 riot. The movie also stars Anthony Mackie and John Krasinski.

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"I was at a point where I had done a few projects, and I wanted to challenge myself," Boyega said "And when Detroit came on my radar, it felt like a godsend to obviously have this kind of project, this kind of script.

"But at the same time, Kathryn as a director, she's unique in her process, and it just so happens to suit me."

One of the "few projects" Boyega has done happens to be one of the biggest film franchises of all time. He starred as Finn in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and reprises the role in the sci-fi saga's eighth instalment, The Last Jedi, which is due out at the end of the year.

Asked whether audiences should be excited about the new Star Wars film, Boyega laughed and said: "Should people be excited? Of course they're going to be excited. You know, it's Star Wars. Yeah, they should be."

Detroit releases in South Africa on Friday, 18 August.

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