Star Wars Actor John Boyega Set to Star in Denzel Washington’s Post-Apocalyptic Movie Prequel Set 30 Years Before the Film 

John Boyega headlines Denzel Washington's The Book of Eli prequel, offering a gripping glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world, 30 years prior.

Star Wars Actor John Boyega Set to Star in Denzel Washington’s Post-Apocalyptic Movie Prequel Set 30 Years Before the Film 


  • In a significant career move, John Boyega secures a major role and executive produces The Book of Eli prequel series.
  • Boyega's involvement promises to draw audiences, expanding the immersive universe set 30 years before The Book of Eli.
  • The Book of Eli prequel unravels mysteries, explores Eli's past, and marks a significant TV milestone for actor John Boyega.
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In a cinematic revelation that has set pulses racing for post-apocalyptic enthusiasts, John Boyega is poised to headline a prequel series to Denzel Washington’s cinematic gem, The Book of Eli. Under the 69-year-old director’s prowess, the forthcoming project is poised to navigate the enthralling tale set three decades before the events unfolding in the original masterpiece. 

John Boyega in the Star Wars sequel trilogy
John Boyega in the Star Wars sequel trilogy

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John Boyega Secures A Major Role In The Book Of Eli Prequel

In a big career move, John Boyega is stepping into a key role in the prequel to The Book of Eli. This news excites the project as the actor gears up to take on a vital part in the unfolding story.


According to a report from Deadline, Boyega is not just starring but also executive producing the TV series prequel. He’s rumored to portray a younger version of Eli, the character originally brought to life by Washington.

John Boyega
Hollywood star, John Boyega

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The series is said to unfold 30 years before the events in The Book of Eli, around the time of the nuclear apocalypse that sets the stage for the later happenings in the film.


Gary Whitta, the brains behind the original Book of Eli and co-writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is reportedly back on board. The Hughes brothers, Albert and Allen Hughes, join as executive producers, and Alcon Entertainment is also in the mix, though a buyer for the project is still up in the air.

Looking back, The Book of Eli, the 2010 film, featured the Man on Fire star as Eli, a skilled survivor on a mission to transport a mysterious book across a post-apocalyptic America. It achieved global success, grossing $157 million against an $80 million budget. The movie also boasted a star-studded cast, including Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, and more.

Despite Warner Bros. backing the film, they seem to be hands-off when it comes to the TV series. With Boyega leading the charge, the Book of Eli prequel promises to draw in audiences.


Expands the immersive universe established by the original film. As expectations rise, it’s worth pondering what surprises and thrills The Book of Eli’s prequel series has in store for eager viewers.

What Revelations Await In The Prequel Series Of The Book Of Eli?

John Boyega is known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars franchise.
John Boyega is known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars franchise.

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As the buzz grows around The Book of Eli prequel series, viewers are eagerly anticipating the untold stories waiting to unfold. The original film kicks off 30 years after a devastating nuclear holocaust that led to ecocide.


Now, the upcoming prequel is set to rewind the clock, delving into the events preceding the movie and offering a glimpse into the catastrophic nuclear event and its immediate aftermath.

Questions left hanging from the original movie, like Eli’s evolution into a skilled fighter and his acquisition of the last Bible. The mystery of his blindness might find answers in this prequel series. It’s a deep dive into the backstory that fans have been craving.

But this prequel isn’t just significant for fans; it marks a pivotal moment for Boyega. Following his roles in projects like the Netflix sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone and the historical drama The Woman King, Boyega steps into his most substantial TV role yet.


His selection as the younger Eli isn’t just about his resemblance to Washington; his charisma, screen presence, and experience with complex characters make him a compelling choice.

Get ready for an immersive journey into the untold tales that set the stage for the iconic post-apocalyptic narrative.


Written by Muskan Chaudhary

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