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Actors Letitia Wright and John Boyega attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

John Boyega and Letitia Wright Left Their Upcoming Film Because It Wasn't Black Enough

The stars were originally attached to the sci-fi love story 'Hold Back the Stars,' but Boyega says they stepped down because they wanted to 'make the vibe more Black.'

Back in 2018, we reported that Star Wars actor John Boyega and Black Panther star Letitia Wright would be starring in the highly-anticipated sci-fi love story, 'Hold Back the Stars,' based on the 2017 book by Katie Khan.

As Shadow & Act now reports, the two stars are no longer attached to the project. Addressing their departure in a December interview with ABC Radio, Boyega stated that the film was heading in a direction that wasn't culturally relevant enough for its Black leads.


"We just wanted to make the vibe more Black," said the actor. "You got to choose the right music, the right vibe, the right tone," he added. His comments reflect the desires of Black viewers for more nuanced representation in film, which is often captured in less obvious details like music, style and language.

Originally under the direction of Mike Cahill, the film will be moving forward with director Justin Baldoni, though news of who will now star in the movie has not been announced.

While news of Boyega and Wright's involvement in the love story—which has been described as a cross between "Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity—was initially met with excitement (we even included it in a list of movies we were most looking forward to in 2019), we respect the actors decision to put "artistic integrity" first and remove themselves from a project that wasn't the Black love story they signed up for.

Both actors have since signed on to new projects, with Wright set to star in the upcoming thriller Silent Twins, and Boyega, who just wrapped his Star Wars contract, set to appear in the upcoming Netflix thriller Rebel Ridge. They're also both attached to a forthcoming anthology series from director Steve McQueen centered on London's West Indian community—so it looks like we'll still get to see the actors together onscreen eventually.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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