'Attack the Block' Star John Boyega is Spike Lee's Next Leading Man

'Attack the Block' Star John Boyega is Spike Lee's Next Leading Man

Sep 01, 2011

John Boyega

We're well aware that you're probably tired of hearing about Attack the Block by now.  This resourceful, fierce British sci-fi flick has been on the tip of every movie blog's tongue for the better part of 2011, but unfortunately a tepid response at the US box office means it hasn't expanded wide enough for most people to catch it.  But don't worry, this post isn't here to heap even more praise on Joe Cornish's flick.  It's here to heap even more praise on its star, John Boyega!

Boyega has just been cast in the lead role in Da Brick, a potential new HBO series produced by Spike Lee.  The show will find Boyega playing Donnie, an 18-year-old man who is trying to get by as a "young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America."  And though The Hollywood Reporter doesn't fully explain the connection, or if he'll be on board as a producer, Donnie's life will be partially based on that of notorious boxer Mike Tyson.

Spike Lee will be directing the pilot episode, which will be written by John Ridley (the upcoming Red Tails).  And while those names alone make this an intriguing project, it's Boyega that has us hoping HBO gives the show a series greenlight.  Even if you somehow hate Attack the Block, it's clear this young man is going places and we can't wait to see what he does next.

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