A little over 10 years ago in May 2011, a sci-fi movie unlike any I’d ever seen hit theaters. Attack the Block told the story of an alien attack that started in South London just as a teenage street gang was … um, mugging a woman. The victim, Samantha (Jodie Whittaker), and the gang’s leader Moses (John Boyega) eventually realized they had to team up in order to survive and protect their “block” (a public housing complex). Along the way they get a little help from the block’s stoner Ron (Nick Frost).
Joe Cornish’s directorial debut cast local drama students without any professional experience as the gang members, so at the time Boyega was an unknown. I’m sure back then he wouldn’t have believed it if you told him he’d go on to have a starring role in a new Star Wars trilogy (as the former stormtrooper Finn) and in 2021 during the middle of a pandemic would win a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice award for his performance in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe. And coming up soon he can be seen in Netflix’s sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone opposite Jamie Foxx.
Big things happened for Whittaker and Cornish, too. In 2017, Jodie became the first female Doctor in Doctor Who history! And then Joe went on to co-write Marvel’s Ant-Man in 2015 and write and direct the charming family action film The Kid Who Would Be King in 2019. He’s also on board to direct an HBO Max series adaption of the classic sci-fi novel Snow Crash (I am SO PSYCHED about this) as well as a film adaptation of the Mark Millar limited comic series Starlight.
But the biggest and most unexpected news is that Attack the Block is getting a sequel!
Boyega posted about it on Instagram and was also quoted as saying: “It’s been a decade since Attack the Block was released and so much has changed since then. I’m excited to see this heightened story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favorite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honor.”
Cornish had added: “I can’t wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action.”
The original film was a high-energy blast while also shining a light on racial injustice, so my bet would be that Boyega and Cornish are going to lean into similar themes that might have even more resonance now. Though we’ll likely have to wait a few years for the sequel to come out, it’ll be worth the wait to see what has become of Moses!