John Boyega Joins HALF OF A YELLOW SUN; Kenny Doughty Boards SNOW PIERCER

     March 28, 2012

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We have some more casting additions to report to you today. Here are the basics:

  • John Boyega (Attack the Block) will join Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Half of a Yellow Sun from director Biyi Bandele. Boyega is also in negotiations to topline Creeping Zero, an indie sci-fi flick from Billy O’Brien, the writer/director of Invasion.
  • The post-apocalyptic train-thriller, Snow Piercer, has added Kenny Doughty (Titus) to the cast. He’s also set to make his directorial debut with the British revenge thriller, Vengeance Waits.

Hit the jump for more information on each project.

Variety reportsjohn-boyega-half-of-a-yellow-sun that Boyega will join Half of a Yellow Sun, an adaptation of the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story tells of the secessionist African state of Biafra, which struggled to establish its independence within the nation of Nigeria in the late 1960s. The picture will begin shooting in Nigeria and London next month. Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) is also in talks for a lead role. Boyega’s other project Creeping Zero will wait until Fall to start production.

Variety also reported on Doughty’s casting in Snow Piercer. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host), Snow Piercer is set in a world covered in snow and ice in which a train full of travelers struggle to co-exist. The film also stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton. Doughty’s directorial debut Vengeance Waits will feature the Pusher-remake’s Richard Coyle in a starring role; production is scheduled to start in September.

 

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