As we approach the release of arguably the most anticipated movie ever Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let's get to know one of the key figures in the new story. He plays Finn, a human (not a clone) Stormtrooper who served in the First Order, the ruling body that prevailed after the fall of the Galactic Empire before defecting to join the Resistance. I'm talking about this man!
The 23 year old from Peckham, London was discovered very early in life during primary school (or elementary school for us Yanks) by a private school theatre director. The young boy of Nigerian descent chose to pursue an acting career rather than follow his father steps and become a preacher. He sharpened his craft on the theatre stage before being cast as “Moses” in the 2011 movie Attack of the Block.
Did You Know: John is a fan of Marvel Comics and wanted to play the role of T'Challa in The Black Panther movie.
In 2014 American audiences really got a good look at him when he starred alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 24: Live Another Day as character Chris Tanner. He was also supposed to play a character based on the life of boxing legend Mike Tyson in Da Brick, which unfortunately was never picked up by HBO.
John has displayed great talent over the years as a result of his early start in stage, and was recognized by Screen International, as one of the "UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011" That talent will be on full display in the biggest role of his life, as he wields the lightsaber that belonged to both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 12/17/2015.