Casting News: John Boyega Signs Up for Film Adaptation of Dystopian Novella 'The Test'September 21, 2020
We're getting a lot of John Boyega this year (and we like it). He's set to star in Steve McQueen's anthology series Small Axe (November 20). He's also finished filming on the legal drama Naked Singularity, predicted to come out later this year.
In new-news, he's now signed on for the feature-length adaptation of Sylvain Neuvel's 2019 novella The Test, reports Deadline. The dystopian story is set in a near future, where a young immigrant (Payman Maadi), named Idir, sits down to take a test to get his British citizenship.
According to the book's description, there are 25 questions to determine his fate. Twenty-five chances to impress. There is not a lot of wiggle room with those odds. Miss one, or two questions, and the test is most likely... over.
Boyega takes on the role of a "brilliant young psychologist" who supervises the test. We shouldn't expect to see him sitting quietly in a room observing, though, as the society they live in is in civil unrest. The young man doesn't even get halfway through the test, when terrorists break into the center, shoot another test-taker and take everyone else hostage.
The name of the story — The Test — gets an entirely new meaning, when the terrorist calls on Idir to decide who should be killed next.
Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky) has adapted the 112-page story into a screenplay and is set to direct.
As it's in the early stages, there's no release date just yet.
In the meantime, here's a roundup of where else to look for Boyega.
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