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John Boyega nabs lead in Spike Lee boxing drama Da Brick

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Story by Jack Foley

ATTACK The Block star John Boyega has landed the lead role in Spike Lee’s new TV boxing drama Da Brick.

The young British star will play the character Donnie, who begins an exploration of what it means to be a man for himself and those around him after being released from juvenlie detention on his 18th birthday.

The show itself is described as a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America.

Boyega, who landed widespread critical acclaim for his performance in Joe Cornish’s sci-fi/horror/comedy hybrid, willl be joined by The Wire‘s Julito McCullum as Kevin, Donnie’s best friend and the one person he can’t leave behind.

Milauna Jemai (of NCIS fame) will also play Lynette, Donnie’s mother and Kamahl Naiqui Palmer (Gossip Girl) is Malik, the moral center of Donnie’s tight group of friends.

Da Brick is a project that has been assembled by the combined creative talent of former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Entourage creator Doug Ellin and his producing partner Jim Lefkowitz as well as Lee, who is set to direct.

It will be set in Newark, which is often dubbed ‘Brick City’ and is said to reflect aspects of Tyson’s upbringing much in the same way that Entourage was inspired by producer Mark Wahlberg’s life.

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