Jordan Peele and More Directors Eager to Cast John Boyega After Protest Speech: ‘We Got You’

Edgar Wright says he would work with the "Star Wars" actor "in a heartbeat."
Star Wars actor John Boyega speaks in Hyde Park, London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a white police officer.Black Lives Matter demonstration in Hyde Park, London, UK - 03 Jun 2020
Star Wars actor John Boyega speaks in Hyde Park, London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement
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Major Hollywood directors such as Jordan Peele, Edgar Wright, and Guillermo del Toro are standing up for John Boyega after the “Star Wars” actor gave an impassioned speech at a June 3 Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde Park. Part of Boyega’s speech found him contemplating whether or not speaking out against racism would have a negative impact on his career. The actor said, “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.” The line inspired a big list of directors and writers to take to social media to tell Boyega they would be more than honored and excited to work with him.

Peele, the Oscar winner behind “Get Out” and “Us,” wrote to Boyega, “We got you, John,” a message that was then re-tweeted by “The Shape of Water” Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro. Edgar Wright chimed in, “Have before and would again, in a heartbeat. So proud of John today,” while Matthew A. Cherry, who won the Oscar this year for Best Animated Short Film, responded, “I would work with John Boyega and I urge other non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well.”

“I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as glance at one of my scripts,” wrote Charlie Brooker, the creator of the blockbuster Netflix science-fiction anthology series “Black Mirror.”

Duncan Jones, the indie favorite behind “Moon,” said he would “of course” love to work with Boyega in the future and that it’s “crazy that it even needs to be said.” The director added, “I mean… he’s from Peckham and I’m from Bromley, but even so, I’ve still got his back!”

Boyega ended his three-movie run as Finn in the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy last December with the release of “The Rise of Skywalker.” The actor’s upcoming projects include the drama “Naked Singularity” opposite Ed Skrein, Bill Skarsgård, and Olivia Cooke.

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