The ever-popular John Boyega discusses his return to the streets of London as Moses in Attack the Block 2, sharing new story details about the sequel.
Actor John Boyega discusses once-familiar alien-infested locations with new Attack the Block 2 story details. Although Boyega probably won’t return as Finn in the massively popular Star Wars franchise, he has been raising his stock as a serious actor with roles in Breaking, The Woman King, and They Cloned Tyrone. Boyega’s breakout role saw him as the leader of a street gang menacing the impoverished public housing district of South London in Joe Cornish’s 2011 sci-fi action film, Attack the Block.
In Attack the Block, Boyega plays Moses, a troubled but prideful young man with a fierce loyalty to his friends and little else. Moses and his gang become the unlikely saviors of their apartment block after helping a handful of residents fight off an alien invasion. Over a decade after the first film and years of hopeful speculation, Boyega and Cornish confirmed Attack the Block 2. Boyega will reprise his role as Moses and produce, with Cornish back in the director’s seat, but other casting and plot details are mostly unknown.
With most aspects of the film still under wraps, Boyega shares some exciting new Attack the Block 2 story details. He briefly discusses the anticipated sequel with Deadline, focusing primarily on returning to the original setting of Attack the Block. He alludes to the gentrification of London and how Attack the Block 2 will explore that location and its characters in a new way. Read the full quote below:
“We go back and look at the locations where we shot the first movie [Southwark and Walworth in south London]—once dodgy areas—and we find that it’s all gleaming, high-end apartments and Starbucks. There’s a whole world that we’re about to explore here with a whole new take on that universe, building and revisiting those characters.”
How Attack The Block 2 Can Approach Its Gentrified Setting
Describing the previously seedy areas of South London in Attack the Block as “gleaming” introduces an entirely new vibe to the film property. While no Attack the Block 2 script details are out yet, Cornish and Boyega have promised a grander, heightened story and a fresh look at the film’s characters after a decade of growth. Boyega’s comments imply that the sequel will focus heavily on how London has changed between the first film’s release and Attack the Block 2, showcasing the gentrification that transformed the crime-ridden council estates into glitzy housing areas for the upper classes.
While any Attack the Block 2 plot elements remain purely speculative at this time, Boyega’s observations paint an intriguing picture for the alien movie follow-up. For now, it appears it will take a similar approach as Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s Candyman legacy sequel, which pits a host of new characters against the titular entity within the gentrified blocks of the former Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago. Assuming Attack the Block 2 follows Candyman’s themes, Boyega’s Moses will contend with more aliens and navigate a much different South London area than he understood in Cornish’s original film. Such a thematic exploration would introduce a different approach to the underlying socioeconomic issues the filmmakers addressed over a decade ago.
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