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Woyzeck: John Boyega lands first leading role in major stage production

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After soaring to record box office numbers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega has landed his first leading role in a major stage production: a 2017 adaptation of Georg Büchner’s unfinished play Woyzeck, EW can confirm.

Deadlne reported Wednesday morning that the 24-year old British actor will topline the production, scheduled to premiere next year at The Old Vic theater in London. U.K. playwright Jack Thorne is adapting the script, which revolves around a working-class soldier who has a child out of wedlock. Thorne was recently nominated for a BAFTA for his work on the drama series The Last Panthers, and is currently also adapting Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for the small screen.

Director Werner Herzog previously brought Woyzeck to life in a 1979 film of the same name, which starred Klaus Kinski in the title role. Alban Berg composed an opera, Wozzeck, based on Büchner’s unfinished play, in 1922.

Prior to being cast as Finn, a Stormtrooper, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Boyega had roles in 24: Live Another Day and the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. He previously appeared on stage in a South Thames College production of Othello. Boyega is currently filming the sequel to The Force Awakens, set to debut on Dec. 15, 2017.

Boyega was also recently confirmed to lend his voice to the upcoming animated Netflix/BBC miniseries Watership Down, in which he plays a rabbit forced to search for a new home following the destruction of his burrow.

While no premiere date for Woyzeck has been confirmed, it is expected to debut sometime in 2017.