The Star Wars casting game has been going on for a long, long time now, but the latest bit of casting rumors offered up an exciting possibility for one of the leads: John Boyega. The young British actor had his breakthrough role in the excellent 2011 sci-fi film Attack the Block, and he seems like an inspired choice to lead this new Star Wars universe.
However, director J.J. Abrams remains undecided on the young leads in Episode VII, and now it appears that another major franchise property has Boyega in mind as well: the reboot Terminator: Genesis. Moreover, the role that Boyega is being eyed for in Genesis is Terminator canon, as he would be playing the son of Skynet creator Miles Dyson. Hit the jump for more.
THR reporter Borys Kit tweeted this tidbit of news the other day, saying Boyega did indeed test for Star Wars but he’s also wanted to play the role of Miles Dyson’s son in Terminator: Genesis. The problem is that Boyega can’t commit to Genesis until the final word comes down for Star Wars, which has yet to happen, and the films will be in production at the same time so it’s impossible to say “yes” to both. It’s a tricky predicament, albeit not a terrible one, as he’s caught between franchise jump-starting films from two beloved franchises.
The reveal that Miles Dyson’s son plays a role in Terminator: Genesis is just the latest confirmation that director Alan Taylor’s reboot will deal heavily with the series canon. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke leads the film as Sarah Connor with Jason Clarke playing John Connor and Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese, and the time travel aspect allows Arnold Schwarzenegger to return as the T-8000—though the Governator himself recently revealed that we’ll also see a younger version of the T-8000.
Production on Genesis is poised to get underway next month, so hopefully Boyega hears one way or another about Star Wars soon. Personally, I’m happy to see the talented actor getting his due three years after the release of Attack the Block.