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Star Wars' John Boyega among Bafta rising star nominees

By Edward BaranMovies - 07 January 2016 12:00 AM | Updated 3:08 PM

Star Wars' John Boyega among Bafta rising star nominees

'Star Wars' leading man John Boyega is one of five new faces in the running for the Rising Star Award at the Bafta Film Awards in February.

The 23-year-old actor plays Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' but first made an impact in the 2011 British science fiction comedy movie 'Attack the Block'.

His performance in that film was seen by 'Star Wars' director JJ Abrams and helped him to land the part.

Londoner Boyega faces competition for the prize from 'Fifty Shades of Grey' actress Dakota Johnson. She played the role of Anastasia Steele in the adaptation of the E.L. James Novel

Brie Larson is also nominated for the award -- she's also a favourite for this year's best actress Oscar for her performance as a woman held captive with her young son in the movie adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel 'Room'.

26-year-old Taron Egerton, who played Colin Firth's protege Eggsy in the spy comedy 'Kingsman', is also nominated, as is Bel Powley, who played Minnie in the coming of age drama 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'.

The winner will be announced on 14 February.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    (2015)
  • Rated
    PG /
    Genre
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Language
    Eng
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