Star Wars star John Boyega and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne team up for a new adaptation of Woyzeck at the Old Vic Theater.
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It’s Star Wars Day in the fandom verse, as May the 4th, the now-officially recognized holiday for Star Wars fans everywhere is in full swing. With all the attention focused on the revival of the nearly 40 year old franchise, it’s no surprise that news about one of their newer star’s projects was released today. What is a surprise is that it’s got a major connection to another beloved franchise, Harry Potter.
But one of the twists of Rowling’s foray into the world of theater with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the avenues in which is allows the Potterverse and other franchises to intersect. After all, the British actors who populate our favorite movies also have a penchant for the stage. And now John Boyega, who as we know just rose to fame in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be teaming up to star in playwright Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of the unfinished Georg Büchner play, Woyzeck.
Thorne, as some may have heard, is the playwright who penned Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for Rowling, and who will share the book jacket cover credit when the script is released on July 31st. According to The RadioTimes, “Boyega is to star in Thorne’s new adaptation of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s unfinished play based on a real life tale of a poor man who was executed for stabbing his wife, Marie, to death. It’s one of a number of productions leading the Old Vic’s 2016/17 theatre season, and will be directed by Joe Murphy.”
Thorne, who recently adapted JK Rowling’s Cursed Child for the West End stage, is also set to pen scripts for the BBC’s adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Boyega, meanwhile, is currently filming Star Wars Episode VIII, which is due in cinemas in December 2018.
Exciting news for both franchises, and those who love the theater as well. We look forward to hearing more about the production when it comes to the stage next year.