John Boyega has appeared on the BBC Two series Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us to explain his pathway to Hollywood, and specifically the Star Wars franchise.
This episode picks up the story in the post Black Panther era, where black movies are no longer seen as a genre and black filmmakers are no longer seen as non-bankable.
In an era where Moonlight won Best Picture and the director of Get Out won Best Original Screenplay, the number of award winners and nominees are steadily growing.
But amongst these winners there is a generation of British stars following in the footsteps of Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years A Slave, who have left Britain.
Theirs is a generation led by the likes of David Oyelowo and John Boyega growing in influence and leading the invasion of bankable black British stars to Hollywood.
"J. J. Abrams wants to see you!" This animation shows how @JohnBoyega got his role in #StarWars! 😲🎬#BlackHollywood: "They've Gotta Have Us" | 9pm | @BBCTwo | https://t.co/s4nchcRd4T pic.twitter.com/ReMw8NoljJ
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) October 27, 2018