Entourage Meets The Wire? Boyega Will Play Young Mike Tyson For Spike Lee
John Boyega, whose restrained intimidation and authority in Attack The Block made him a breakout star of 2011, has just signed on to Spike Lee and John Ridley‘s HBO drama about being “a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America.” He will play a character loosely based on the young Mike Tyson.
Titled Da Brick, after both the boxing central character and his hometown of Newark, NJ (Brick City), the latest casting reinforces what a bizarre and potentially genius project this is.
The idea was born from Iron Mike himself, who had a cameo appearance on Entourage in 2010. Apparently, when he met show creator Doug Ellin, they briefly discussed a show based on Tyson’s own posse and rise to stardom. Ellin has promised, however, that the new show will be “much more dramatic than Entourage.” (More dramatic than eight seasons of pot and one-night stands? That should be difficult…)
Accomplished screenwriter John Ridley was brought in by Ellin to write and run the show; Lee and Ridley were collaborating on a project about the L.A. Riots, and Ridley brought Lee onto Da Brick to direct.
The show will follow Donnie (Boyega) as he is released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday, and “begins an exploration of what it means to be a man for himself and those around him,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In Attack The Block, Boyega showed that he’s more than able to kick ass and take names, as he and his teenage street gang fight off an alien invasion in London. The only concerns I have are: Will the British-Nigerian actor be able to pull off Jersey slang? Or will he even try to imitate Tyson’s, um, unique way of speaking?