Star Wars actor John Boyega is interested in starring in a sequel to Joe Cornish's 2011 sci-fi comedy Attack the Block. The film was released prior to Boyega being cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it has grown a cult following over the years, propelled further by Boyega's recent mainstream success.
In Attack the Block, Boyega stars as a teenager named Moses who leads a small gang in South London. In the middle of a robbery attempt against a woman named Sam (Jodie Whittaker), an alien crash lands just beside them, and the group suddenly shifts their priorities to first figure out what this creature is, and next figure out how they'll defend themselves. Also starring Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway, Attack the Block wasn't a box office success, but found an audience during its home release. Now, eight years after the film was released in theaters, Boyega is discussing possibilities of a sequel.
Boyega recently shared a still from Attack the Block on his Instagram (via: EW) with no caption. In response to a comment on the photo that simply read, "Sequel?," Boyega responded by saying, "if the supporters want it then I'll have to get back to Peckham ASAP." And, though he didn't elaborate on any possible details surrounding official sequel talks, Boyega did reveal in 2016 that he was working on a project with Cornish. Details were vague, but it did open the door for speculation.
While Attack the Block was a relatively small debut for both Boyega and Cornish, both actor and director have since gone on to more mainstream fare. Aside from two Star Wars films, Boyega has also starred in Pacific Rim: Uprising, as well as Detroit with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. His next role will be in the as-of-yet untitled Star Wars: Episode IX. Cornish, on the other hand, recently directed the family-friendly adventure film The Kid Who Would Be King.
There's no telling whether an Attack the Block sequel will ever come to fruition, but the fact that Boyega is opening up the conversation for the possibility of one speaks volumes. The Kid Who Would Be King failed to be the box office champion that 20th Century Fox might have wanted, but given Boyega's star power, his presence alone could be a major contributing factor in getting a sequel to Attack the Block off the ground. If it can bring back Whittaker, who has since been cast as the new Doctor in Doctor Who, a sequel could reunite two major modern sci-fi stars in a decidedly different take on the genre with which they've become very familiar.
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