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John Boyega Will Assume Leading Man Duties In New Sci-Fi Horror Film 'Creeping Zero'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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It was in March when we learned that John Boyega was "in negotiations" to star in an indie sci-fi feature titled Creeping Zero, to be directed by Billy O'Brien

At the time, little info was available on that project, other than that it's based on a short story from a book of short stories by Jeff Noon titled Pixel Juice; the short story was made into a 3D short film/teaser 2 years ago, by the same director, which apparently made a splash at the Berlinale, where the producers went to look for money to make the feature version. I found a Facebook page that had some stills from it, along with a post saying that they were seeking some "heavy duting financing" to turn the short into a feature.

So it looks like they finally got all their "heavy duty financing," 2 years later.

Reported earlier this afternoonthe €7m ($8.5 million) action/sci-fi/horror is currently in pre-production, and will be shot in Hungary, starting this October.

John Boyega stars in the film alongside Dominic MonaghanAshley Hinshaw, Eddie Marsan and Adam Deacon.

And we now have an official synopsis for the film, which reads:

Set in 2023, the movie’s plot details a world divided into two tribes – normal humans and the Blanks, a group born without proper facial features. A new terrorist group and breakaway group of Blanks known as the Fumati is threatening the status quo and is using hi-tech devices to kill humans. In order to restore calm, a security outfit named the Creeping Zero has been tasked with hunting down the elusive Fumati. 

John Boyega will play the film's lead character named Lenny, who is a member of the Creeping Zero crew; Ashley Hinshaw will play his love interest Camille.

Go John! THE leading man role in a sci-fi project; AND he has a love interest. How often does all that happen for black actors in one movie? This is cause for a celebration folks :)

Co-produced by Ireland’s Grand Picturesall of the VFX work and the majority of the post-production will be handled by Windmill Lane in Dublin.

Filming in Hungary is expected to get underway in October and will last for around six weeks, so we can expect to see this in 2013.

Anyone read the original short story by Jeff Noon that the film is based on? I'll pick up the book of short stories that contains it.

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28 Comments

  • Donella | July 18, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    Glad for him. Enjoyed Attack the Block and will likely watch Creeping Zero.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 18, 2012 7:29 AMReply

    I TOTALLY AGREE with "Go John! THE leading man role in a sci-fi project; AND he has a love interest. How often does all that happen for black actors in one movie? This is cause for a celebration folks :)" #thatisall

  • Orville | July 18, 2012 1:34 AMReply

    Not surprising this movie isn`t an American film and is a European film production no wonder a young black actor is the lead. Still I think this is good. I remember the big fuss over the fact a black Heathcliff was cast for Wuthering Heights. I think it is great that a young black actor is going to be the lead of a science fiction movie.

  • Black People | July 18, 2012 12:38 AMReply

    Why make it black American vs. black Brit? What about black French, German, Dutch, Italian, and everybody else under the blue moon? What about black people looking for jobs all over the diaspora in film? Are they any less talented? You going off one young actor for your assumptions about Brit actors being better? Let's be honest, he so happened to catch a lucky break. Nothing more, nothing less. That's how it is in films. Also if black Brits were truly having a great presence in English media, they would not need to travel to America for acting jobs. How many articles have there been about black Brits not having work in the UK? Plenty. He got lucky. Just like anybody else in film. Until black Brits or any black person worldwide create their own films, blacks will continue to shout hallelujah every time white people give them a job. Why do blacks have to be included with white films, when no other race complains about being in white films? Blacks truly have no pride or are simply jealous of white people's films and simply considered acting with black people beneath them.

  • ALM | July 17, 2012 11:12 PMReply

    Loved him in "Attack the Block". He's such a natural actor. He's the next generation of award winning acting talent.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 18, 2012 7:28 AM

    ALL of ^THAT^

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 17, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Man! Denzel's young clone continues to win.

  • Afrostyling | July 17, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    Glad he is steadily working. So are we going to talk about how his love interest is a white girl or is that kind of talk only reserved for black actresses paired onscreen with white men?

  • Nadine | July 18, 2012 12:09 PM

    ...also, the commentators on Tanya Steele's post voiced concerns about the IRR. Steele basically complained about a lack of strength and background of the Pope character...so please stop.

  • Nadine | July 18, 2012 12:00 PM

    @Afrostyling, good call and CAREY, again, just because you say it is so, does not make it so. There is a very clear hypocrisy that you are denying but anyone who cares about the facts will know that what you are saying is just not true. If you're going to fight the fight, then fight it, but don't then patronize with semantics. As I said before, very disappointing because there could be no possible way you could not recall the many battles against BF/non-BM storylines or real-life interactions vs. BM and other (the norm for now 14 years)... you all are out of your minds... don't forget your rants about McQueen's film... u know forget it... I just hope that other commentators will not continue to let u rewrite history on this blot, because it just comes off as lying (which is a waste of p eople's time).

  • CareyCarey | July 17, 2012 6:35 PM

    Come on ladies, play fair and lets get it right. Actually, it was only Orville who used the phrase "white man's whore". Also, I wouldn't call the concerns about Scandal's "interacial" plot "silly ruckus". And, the subject of which was addressed by a female guest contributor (Tanya) -- on this site. Also, I believe more females voice their concerns (are more butthurt) on the issue than men. And if I am not mistaken, Accidental Visitor (a male) has brought that to y'all attention time and time again. So the truth might hurt but let's get it straight.

  • Lauren | July 17, 2012 5:14 PM

    @Akimbo... I'm particularly fond (sic) how degrading terms like "messing with" is used when referring to the president being in love with a black woman on Scandal. Some man on here said no president would be messing with a black woman! Whoa! Language is a powerful thing huh? Not having an affair or making love to or sleeping with... "messing with" like what does that mean on the real???? Pathetic.

  • lauren | July 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    @Afrostyling....Oh yeah... that's what was behind all the silly ruckus about the show, Scandal...

  • Akimbo | July 17, 2012 5:04 PM

    True. For all the supposed ire black men/white women get from black women over interracial dating, it seems that it's the men who get the most butthurt when replaced by their paler counterparts. The phrase "white man's whore" seems to crop up often here! Regardless, I'm not mad; good for Boyega.

  • Afrostyling | July 17, 2012 4:52 PM

    @ Lauren , i dont care about her race. Just something i have noticed on this website when it comes to black women being paired with white men.

  • lauren | July 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    Glad to see this talented young man getting work. He has a commanding presence on screen. I don't care what color his love interest is.

  • Darkan | July 17, 2012 3:26 PMReply

    I like John's work. Little man is doing some things. These you black american actors better be paying attention!

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    Loved the movie, Lauren! Yes, the acting was great. Judi Dench never fails (I disliked her character :-(... ) and I felt so sorry for Jane Eyre. But although I saw the movie less than 3 months ago, I can't quite remember the performance of the young Jane? Anyway, sorry for misinterpreting your comment.

  • lauren | July 18, 2012 7:19 AM

    @Carey-the recent Jane Eyre with the amazing Mia Wasikowska, (Australian) Michael Fassbinder, (Ireland) and Judi Dench (Britain) My comment was about actors in general not limited to comparisons of Black Brits vs American or European ones.

  • Black People | July 18, 2012 3:50 AM

    @Carey, The UK is not European? Darkan brought up American. You brought up Britain. I'm simply stating why not French actors. Omar Sy did just win a French Oscar. Why not other people of African descent in Europe and elsewhere who are great actors. Why always American vs. Brit? African Europeans are doing great film work too, so why not them? African Latins are doing great film work too, so why not them also? I'm just furious that somehow black Brits are somehow better than black Americans, when black Brits can barely get work in the UK. How come it's always black Brits and never French Africans who can and can't get film work.

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2012 2:53 AM

    Wait a minute man, I didn't say that. Read my comment again, "I" asked Lauren to support "her" comment which implied that Brits were better actors. But now that you're here, I'll address some of your concerns. First, the post was on an British actor so the conversation flowed in that direction. Darkan said what he said and Lauren followed and I followed the both of them. So if you want to interject "African Europeans" into the discussion, go right ahead.

  • Black People | July 18, 2012 2:36 AM

    @Carey, you said black Brits are better than black Americans, because one Brit actor got a job, and I simply stated why make a battle American vs. Brits. What about other Africans in Europe and the diaspora with acting chops who get movie roles and those who don't. African Europeans are closely related to black Brits than they are African Americans. Why compare to your European brothers? They english as well as their native European language. I simply stating that we should not make it a American and British thing, and exclude other Africans going through the same stuff. Other than a couple of shows on the BBC, nobody in America cares for English television. The English, Canadians, and Aussies all come to America for jobs, not the other way around. This young man's film career is good for him, but nobody cares about the movie in America. But if you feel the need to say that African Americans are no good, just say it.

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2012 1:53 AM

    @Black People, I don't know WTH you're talking about. And I don't believe you do either.

  • Black People | July 18, 2012 12:28 AM

    Why make it black American vs. black Brit? What about black French, German, Dutch, Italian, and everybody else under the blue moon? What about black people looking for jobs all over the diaspora in film? Are they any less talented? You going off one young actor for your assumptions about Brit actors being better? Let's be honest, he so happened to catch a lucky break. Nothing more, nothing less. That's how it is in films. Also if black Brits were truly having a great presence in English media, they would not need to travel to America for acting jobs. How many articles have there been about black Brits not having work in the UK? Plenty. He got lucky. Just like anybody else in film. Until black Brits or any black person worldwide create their own films, blacks will continue to shout hallelujah every time white people give them a job. Why do blacks have to be included with white films, when no other race complains about being in white films? Blacks truly have no pride or are simply jealous of white people's films and simply considered acting with black people beneath them.

  • CareyCarey | July 17, 2012 8:49 PM

    Lauren, be careful, we (S&A commentors) have had this discussions many times and you're walking on a slippery slope (where is Jug when I need him?). I mean, to say Brits are far superior actors -- immediately begs the question: How so? Brings some proof or supporting evidence to the table, other than the young actress in Jane Eyre. Btw, on a side note, which Jane Eyre are you referring to?

  • Lauren | July 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Have to say something must be in the water in the British Empire because their actors, even their child actors, (For instance, the girl who played the young Jane Eyre!) are for the most part far superior than everyone else.

  • Darkan | July 17, 2012 6:05 PM

    They need to study harder to become better actors and be more engaging on film.

  • CareyCarey | July 17, 2012 5:20 PM

    Darkan, what exactly should they pay attention to? I guess I am suggesting that whatever he (Boyega is doing) , what specifically can the black american do to emulate his "success"? Can they change the minds of those in power? Can they (black american actors) change their "pedigree" or their manager or their agency or the roles they take? Again, what exactly do they need to change (pay attention to)?

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