'Star Wars' Actor John Boyega Opens Up About Race In New Film

Playing a lead role in a new Star Wars film is no guarantee of success (Hayden who?), but if any of the new faces in The Force Awakens has the charisma to stick around, it's John Boyega. A Londoner born to Nigerian parents, Boyega knew he wanted to be an actor when he realized he was no good at soccer — a good thing for us as well as himself. His debut film was Joe Cornish's 2011 genre mash-up Attack the Block. As villain-turned-hero Moses, Boyega thrilled us and made us laugh, proving that he could kick ass even while surrounded by aliens on the offensive. But his role as AWOL First Order stormtrooper Finn is set to catapult the 23-year-old into the stratosphere. Harrison Ford himself told the young actor that his life would never be the same — but to hear Boyega tell it, he's taking it all in stride. "I like the camera," he says. "I mean, I'm a '90s baby, so I literally grew up with the camera in my face."

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