- John Boyega has received promises and support from Hollywood filmmakers following his speech at a Black Lives Matter march in London.
- Boyega delivered the impassioned address at the protest, saying, “I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f— that.”
- In response, the “BlacKkKlansman” producer Matthew A. Cherry tweeted: “I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well.”
- Numerous directors and filmmakers have since tweeted their wish to work with Boyega, including Jordan Peele, Olivia Wilde, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cathy Yan, Edgar Wright, and Elizabeth Banks.
- Peele tweeted, “We got your back, John,” while Banks, Wilde, and the “Bridesmaids” director, Paul Feig, all said they’d be “honoured” to work with him.
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John Boyega has received an outpouring of support from Hollywood filmmakers after an impassioned speech at a London Black Lives Matter protest in which he said, “I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f— that.”
The protests come after the killing of George Floyd, with protesters campaigning against police violence toward people of colour.
A tweet from the “BlacKkKlansman” producer Matthew A. Cherry sparked a surge of support for the “Star Wars” and “Attack the Block” actor, however, with directors saying they’d be lucky to work with him.
Cherry wrote: “I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well.”
I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well. https://t.co/SqXgmIS5aR
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 3, 2020
Jordan Peele was one of the first to agree
Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning writer who directed “Get Out” and “Us,” told Boyega, “We got you, John.”
We got you, John. https://t.co/oX7Rr52omx
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) June 3, 2020
Olivia Wilde said she’d be ‘honoured to work with’ Boyega
Olivia Wilde, the “Booksmart” director and “Richard Jewell” actress, tweeted: “Absolutely. I would be honoured to work with @JohnBoyega and can only hope to have the chance. We’ve got your back, John. Don’t hold back.”
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 3, 2020
Elizabeth Banks also agreed with Wilde’s sentiment
The “Charlie’s Angels” director, Elizabeth Banks, another actress turned director, also said she’d be “honoured.”
???????? Would be honored https://t.co/CRu54idTlG
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 3, 2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda said he wished he could work with the ‘Attack the Block’ actor
The “Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, wrote: “Oh god I WISH, Ojalá! From Attack The Block to this day!”
Oh god I WISH, Ojalá! From Attack The Block to this day! pic.twitter.com/sB7eJqF0sy
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 3, 2020
‘The Lego Movie’ directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller both want to work with Boyega
The duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller won Oscars for producing “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Lord tweeted: “Be proud to. And lucky.” Meanwhile, Miller tweeted a simple “yup” in reply to Cherry’s tweet.
Be proud to. And lucky. https://t.co/qg4sERvX3U
— Phil Lord #BlackLivesMatter #WearAMask (@philiplord) June 3, 2020
‘The Imitation Game’ director Morten Tyldum said he’d be ‘lucky to cast him’
The Oscar-nominated director Morten Tyldum’s full tweet said: “He has been great in everything he has done. I would be lucky to cast him.”
He has been great in everything he has done. I would be lucky to cast him.
— Morten Tyldum (@mortentyldum) June 3, 2020
‘Sabrina’ writer Axelle Carolyn said she’d be ‘lucky’ to have Boyega consider her project
The “Soulmate” director, Axelle Carolyn, tweeted: “Are you kidding? We’d all be so lucky to have him consider one of your projects.”
Are you kidding? We’d all be so lucky to have him consider one of your projects.
— Axelle Carolyn (@AxelleCarolyn) June 4, 2020
‘Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig’s ‘hand is up high’ to work with Boyega
“My hand is up high. It would be an honour to work with John,” tweeted the “Spy” and “Last Christmas” director, Paul Feig.
My hand is up high. It would be an honor to work with John. https://t.co/Ga4QWN5VPu
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 4, 2020
‘Shaun of the Dead’ director Edgar Wright says he’d work with Boyega again ‘in a heartbeat’
“Have before and would again, in a heartbeat,” wrote Edgar Wright, who worked with Boyega on “Attack the Block.” Wright continued: “So proud of John today.”
Have before and would again, in a heartbeat. So proud of John today. https://t.co/qLi4cwws2i
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 3, 2020
Duncan Jones joked that despite Boyega being from Peckham, he’d definitely work with the actor
The “Moon” and “Source Code” director, Duncan Jones, poked fun at the rivalry between the London districts of Peckham and Bromley:
“Crazy that it even needs to be said, but of course! I mean… he’s from Peckham and I’m from Bromley, but even so, I’ve STILL got his back!”
Crazy that it even needs to be said, but of course!
I mean… he’s from Peckham and I’m from Bromley, but even so, I’ve STILL got his back! ❤️ https://t.co/5kXugkFt2u
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) June 3, 2020
Cathy Yan said she would ‘love to work with John Boyega’
The “Birds of Prey” director, Cathy Yan, tweeted: “I would love to work w John Boyega”
I would love to work w John Boyega https://t.co/zQTIP29SVR
— Cathy Yan (@CathyYan) June 3, 2020
‘Star Wars’ director Victoria Mahoney said the entire community ‘will have your back’
Victoria Mahoney, the second-unit director on “The Rise of Skywalker,” tweeted her former colleague: “An entire community of us–will have your back.”
— Crown Vic (@VictoriaMahoney) June 3, 2020
Rian Johnson showed his Finn love
“Love this man,” Rian Johnson, who directed ” Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” tweeted.
Love this man https://t.co/Rb4gXaJDDy
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 3, 2020
Oscar-winner Rodney Rothman had an offer already prepared
The “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” director, Rodney Rothman, replied to Cherry’s tweet with: “I have something great I would offer him today. Tell yer agents man.”
I have something great I would offer him today. Tell yer agents man.
— rodneyrothman (@rodneyrothman) June 3, 2020
Tracy Oliver told Boyega to ‘just say the word’
“The First Wives Club” director and “Girls Trip” writer, Tracy Oliver, tweeted Boyega: “Yo @JohnBoyega just say the word. LUCKY and grateful to have you act in anything I’m working on.”
— Tracy Y. Oliver (@TracyYOliver) June 3, 2020
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