John Boyega and Letitia Wright to star in new sci-fi romance movie Hold Back the Stars

The story has been described as Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity

John Boyega, Letitia Wright (Getty, EH)

Star Wars favourite John Boyega and Black Panther star Letitia Wright will play the leads in a new sci-fi romance movie, Hold Back the Stars.

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Another Earth director Mike Cahill will helm the adaptation of Katie Khan’s sci-fi novel, the plot of which has been described as “Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity”.

The heart-wrenching story centres around a man and woman who reminisce on their life together on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only 90 minutes of oxygen left to survive.

Before they join forces for Hold Back the Stars, Boyega will be reprising his role as Finn in Star Wars Episode IX, and is part of the voice cast in BBC1’s Watership Down, which will air at Christmas.

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Wright, meanwhile, will be back as Shuri in the Black Panther sequel and recently wrapped the new Avengers movie which will land in 2019.