BBC’s Black Hollywood Explains How John Boyega Got His Role in Star Wars

On the latest episode of BBC’s Black Hollywood, John Boyega explains how he got his role in Star Wars.

This episode picks up the story in the post Black Panther era, where black movies are no longer seen as a genre and black filmmakers are no longer seen as non-bankable. In an era where Moonlight won Best Picture and the director of Get Out won Best Original Screenplay, the number of award winners and nominees are steadily growing. But amongst these winners there is a generation of British stars following in the footsteps of Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years A Slave, who have left Britain. Theirs is a generation led by the likes of David Oyelowo and John Boyega growing in influence and leading the invasion of bankable black British stars to Hollywood.

You have 29 days left to watch this episode on the BBC iPlayer — happy watching!

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