John Boyega Exits Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Rebel Ridge’ Mid-Shoot Due To Family Reasons

A couple of years ago John Boyega made Rebel Ridge, a Netflix film from Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier, one of the projects he would star in. The pandemic delayed a spring 2020 start date until this year, but now that shooting has begun, Boyega has left unexpectedly.

Deadline reports Boyega has exited Rebel Ridge mid-shoot due to a personal family matter. No further details are known, and honestly, it’s not our business, anyway. All we need to know is that it was enough that Boyega felt it necessary to drop out of the rare film he agreed to be part of.

The rest of the Rebel Ridge cast includes AnnaSophia Robb, Emory Cohen, Don Johnson, James Cromwell, James Badge Dale, Zsane Jhe, and Al Vicente. Plot details are being kept a secret for now.

While this is disappointing news, we hope all turns out well for the Boyega family. Other films he has coming up are a long-awaited Attack the Block sequel, and the already-wrapped sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone with Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris.

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