John Boyega cried at Star Wars: The Force Awakens script

John Boyega

John Boyega

John Boyega has confessed he cried when he first read the script for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

John Boyega cried when he first read the script for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The 23-year-old actor has opened up about auditioning for the role of Jedi-in-training Finn in the highly-anticipated film to confess he couldn't hold back his tears when he read the plot.

He said: "When I read the script I cried, and I'm not really a big crier ... I'm more like a frog-in-the-throat kind of guy, who'll try to hold it in and make sure I don't let it all out."

The up-and-coming star also compared auditioning for the movie - which is directed by J.J. Abrams - to competing in a talent show.

He told GQ Style magazine: "I was unleashed into seven months of auditions.

"It was like 'The X Factor' but without the TV show around it. It was intense."

And although Boyega - who previously starred in 2011 film 'Attack The Block' - and his co-stars are sworn to secrecy when it comes to revealing details of the upcoming movie, he's described his character as "quirky and charismatic and funny".

He added: "Finn is dope. He is a heightened Hollywood leading man version of myself; his story is so epic."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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