John Boyega will reprise the role of Moses, his flagship role from the 2011 film Attack the Block, in the upcoming sequel, Attack the Block 2, with original film director Joe Cornish. The 2011 film follows Moses (John Boyega) as he unites his south London neighborhood to defend their bloc against a group of alien invaders. The film didn’t fare well at the box office when it was initially released, but it quickly gained cult classic status after Boyega’s rise to prominence in the Star Wars trilogy. In retrospect, Attack the Block was considered a great first performance by Boyega and his co-star, Jodie Whittaker, was also highly regarded.
The original film also marked Joe Cornish’s directorial debut. The British filmmaker had previously worked as a co-writer on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn before writing and directing Attack the Block. Cornish’s directing received a lot of praise around the time of the film’s release, most notably for its ability to balance the mix of genres of a sci-fi, action-comedy-horror film. The film was produced by Nira Park and James Wilson, while Edgar Wright, friend and regular contributor to Cornish, provided executive production.
A sequel, 10 years later
Boyega, Cornish, Park and Wilson will all return for Attack the Block 2, with Boyega joining the production team under his company, UpperRoom Productions. While the plot of the film has yet to be revealed, Boyega has talked to Deadline of his enthusiasm to return to the role of Moses:
A decade has passed since Attack The Block was released and so much has changed since then. I can’t wait to see this exacerbated story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favorite characters to play and bringing him back is a great honor.
Cornish, who recently directed Alex’s Fate of a King in 2019, also spoke to Deadline about the peculiarity of returning to such beloved material. He even revealed that the second part will be “even bigger” than the first. Here is what he said exactly:
I’m delighted that we’re officially announcing our return to the world of Attack The Block on the tenth anniversary of the film’s release. I look forward to working with John again to bring audiences an even bigger slice of urban alien action.
Attack the Block 2 will be a highly anticipated sequel, especially after Boyega’s acclaimed performance in Steve McQueen’s 2020 anthology film series Small Ax. The actor starred in the series’ episode Red, White and Blue, where he played Leroy Logan, the founder of the Black Police Association of the United Kingdom. Boyega has received numerous nominations for his role in the film, including a victory at the 78th Annual Golden Globes.
Other than Boyega, there are no details of any other actors who could reprise their roles in the original film. Fans of the film are sure to be clamoring for Nick Frost’s return in Attack the Block 2. Frost played Ron, a local drug dealer and comedian who, alongside the Moses, is initially wrongly accused of being responsible for the deaths in the neighborhood. Frost is a longtime friend of Cornish, so there is still hope that he will reprise his role in the upcoming Attack the Block 2.