John Boyega, who has made a name for himself in Hollywood starring as Finn in the new “Star Wars” film series, is getting out from in front of the camera, and getting behind it instead. Boyega is producing “God Is Good,” a film with a redemptive plot line.
“The Last Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” star is teaming up with former Sony International producer Josephine Rose to expose many hard-hitting themes in this new film depicting a gang member’s path to becoming a pastor.
According to the synopsis from Deadline, “God Is Good” follows a “reformed gangster-turned-pastor and a volatile detective who cross paths after an act of brutal violence sets them on a collision course with a heinous gang lieutenant.”
“I’m thrilled to be teaming once again with Josephine Rose on such a powerful and important story that explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression, and where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power,” Boyega told Deadline.
Not only is the “Star Wars” actor producing the film, but he is also creating the soundtrack for the film. According to Deadline, Boyega launched a new production company called UpperRoom Records to produce the soundtrack.
“I pray! I pray, I pray, I pray. I pray and then sometimes if I have enough time I’ll try to meditate as well,” he previously told W Magazine. “Just to detach from the day and the current challenges and struggles of daily life, I try to detach and hopefully find some good path.”
Boyega will be bringing in the VP of Production, Yara Shaikh, and Stefan Wade, Head of A&R from the film to oversee the production as well.
Boyega told Deadline that he is looking forward to bringing the vision of South African writer and first-time filmmaker, Willem Grobler, to life.
“Willem has written a superb screenplay and we are looking forward to working with him to realise the vision behind it,” Boyega said. “Josephine, Yara, Stefan and I also all share a passion for music and this film enables us to work with local talent in South Africa to find those voices and help put them on the international stage by also bringing on internationally renowned Afro beats artists. The team will work with artists across the continent of Africa to create a soundtrack that represents and gives voice to the incredible range of music talent and sound that the continent produces.”