While talking with the 28-year-old star for his role in the forthcoming Steve McQueen-helmed anthology series Small Axe, ComingSoon.net chatted with John Boyega about another of his upcoming projects, the Netflix-set sci-fi mystery They Cloned Tyrone, in which he stars alongside Jamie Foxx (Soul) and Teyonah Parris (Dear White People).
Looking to the future, Boyega revealed that he and the rest of his cast and crew are currently in the rehearsal process via Zoom meetings for the film and are looking to “start shooting it soon” and though he was tight-lipped on exact story or character details, he did compare it to one of his international star-making roles.
“I see it like me stateside version of Attack the Block, I’ll give you that,” Boyega teased. “I’ve been connecting with the director, Juel Taylor, who I think is just the truth, he has a bright future in Hollywood. It’s his first feature, but there’s a reason why it attracted the likes of Jamie Foxx to his project. The script is phenomenal.”
This project marks Foxx’s latest collaboration with Netflix after recently starring in the superhero film Project Power which is now available for streaming. The 52-year-old actor will next be seen in Pixar’s Soul, Blumhouse’s Spawn, and in the Mike Tyson biopic.
Parris’ notable film credits include: 2014’s Dear White People, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. She is also set to star in two high-profile projects including Nia DaCosta’s Candyman reboot and Disney+’s highly-anticipated MCU series WandaVision.
They Cloned Tyrone will follow an unlikely trio as they investigate a series of eerie events, alerting them to a nefarious conspiracy lurking directly beneath their hood. The film is being described as a pulpy sci-fi mystery caper that is likened to “Friday meets Get Out.”
The film will be the directorial debut of Creed 2 writer Juel Taylor, who penned the script along with Tony Rettemaier. It is produced by MACRO’s CEO Charles D. King with Taylor, Rettenmaier and Stephen “Dr.” Love also serving as producers. It is also executive produced by Macro’s Mark R. Wright and Jack Murray.
Boyega gained worldwide recognition for his role as Finn in the Star Wars film franchise. He first appeared in the 2015 The Force Awakens and was last seen in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s anthology series Small Axe and the film Naked Singularity.
Small Axe is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on November 20 with new episodes airing through December 18.