John Boyega To Star In Sci-Fi ‘The Freshening’ For ‘Birds Of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan; FilmNation, Ali Wong & Adam McKay Producing

March 07, 2023

John Boyega has been set to star in sci-fi romance The Freshening from director Cathy Yan (Birds Of Prey), we can reveal.

Filming is due to get underway later this year on the project, which hails from producers FilmNation Entertainment, Ali Wong, Hyperobject Industries’ Adam McKay and Betsy Koch, and Rewild’s Cathy Yan and Ash Sarohia. The team are underway on additional casting. The project is inspired by Rachel Khong’s short story from the Paris Review. The film is set in an America dominated by a public health initiative known as “the freshening” — where everyone is only able to see their own race and gender. In this near future other world, Sam and Reese (Boyega) meet on a drug that temporarily reverses its effects.

The producers said today: “We are tremendously excited to have John bring this complex character and story to life and can’t wait to begin filming with this incredible group of likeminded creatives.”

Director Yan added: “It’s a dream to work with John Boyega, a singular talent whose commitment to his craft and willingness to take risks have delivered such memorable, wide-ranging performances. I know he’ll bring incredible depth and nuance to Reese. I’m thrilled he’s on for this wild ride.”

As first announced two years ago, FilmNation is financing and handling world sales.

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