John Boyega is going from space battles in Star Wars to earthbound struggles onstage at London’s Old Vic Theatre.
The theatre says the 24-year-old actor will get his first West End starring role in Woyzeck, the story of a soldier who commits an act of brutal violence. The new version of Georg Buchner’s 19th-century drama is written by Jack Thorne, the playwright behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Boyega, who played Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is currently filming the eighth instalment in the sci-fi saga.
The play, which opens in February 2017, was announced Wednesday as part of the Old Vic’s 2016-2017 season.
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The lineup also includes a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear starring Glenda Jackson and a 20th-anniversary revival of Yasmina Reza’s global hit Art.
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