The Force is strong with Greenwich


Have you seen the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? If so you know that the clip opens with a helmetless Stormtrooper, who is sweating and panting strongly and seems to be lost in in the middle of the desert (most likely the dunes of Tatooine).

What you may not know is that the actor, John Boyega, 23, is a former student of BA (Hons) Film Studies & Media Writing at the University of Greenwich.

Boyega, who plays the lead role of Finn in Episode 7, is the son of a Nigerian preacher and grew up in Peckham. He performed in the National and Tricycle theatres before debuting in film as Moses in Attach the Block in 2011. In that same year he was selected by the Screen International, as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011”.