John Boyega Joins ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun,’ In Talks for ‘Creeping Zero’

“Attack the Block“ star John Boyega is set to join Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in director Biyi Bandele‘s “Half of a Yellow Sun,” with Dominic Cooper also in talks for a lead role.

Boyega is also in negotiations to topline the indie sci-fi pic “Creeping Zero,” from “Isolation” helmer Billy O’Brien.

Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history — Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed. It will be a war drama set amidst the backdrop of the Nigerian-Biafran War, a civil war that lasted from 1967 to 1970 and may have killed upwards of 3 million people.

Based on the Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name by heralded Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the film will explore the impact of this conflict through the interweaving stories of four socially stratified characters: a professor, a high-ranking political figure, a British citizen, and a young houseboy.

Pic is skedded to start production next month in Nigeria and London, while “Creeping Zero” will lens this fall.

Boyega, who just co-starred in “Junkhearts,” signed with CAA shortly after making his screen debut as teenage hero Moses in Joe Cornish‘s alien invasion pic “Attack the Block.” Thesp most recently played the lead role inSpike Lee’s HBO pilot “Da Brick,” and he can currently be seen in the BBC drama “My Murder.”

[via Variety/BlackFilm]

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