John Boyega & Gavin Hood team for The Test adaptation
As we await to see his turns in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe and Naked Singularity, John Boyega has found his next project in the form of an adaptation of Silvain Neuvel’s The Test, which is set to be directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky), according to .
Published in February 2019, the story is set in an authoritarian near-future and centers on a soft-spoken immigrant as he takes a citizen evaluation test while a brilliant young behavioral psychologist supervising the test must confront a terrorist group led by a far-right fanatic.
The Attack the Block star has signed on to portray the young psychologist while Payman Maadi, best known for his roles in HBO’s The Night Of and the Oscar-nominated A Separation, is set to star as the soft-spoken immigrant.
In an official statement, Hood described the film as “a heart-pounding psychological thriller, set in an authoritarian near-future that grabbed me by the throat and left me reeling.”
The script for the project was adapted by Hood, known best for his Oscar-winning crime drama Tsotsi, while Erwin Stoff is attached to produce and Zev Foreman and Ilda Diffley are overseeing the film for Entertainment One.
After breaking out in his feature debut Attack the Block, Boyega went on to further stardom upon joining the Star Wars franchise as Stormtrooper-turned-rebel fighter Finn, appearing across all three films in the sequel trilogy as well as reprising the role in two episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. When he wasn’t busy soaring through space, he also found acclaim with his appearances in the biographical drama Detroit as well as offering turns in Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Circle and Netflix’s CG-animated adaptation of Watership Down.
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