Watch Pre-Star Wars John Boyega Star in Sundance Film ‘Imperial Dreams’

In just five short years, John Boyega has developed an impressive resume of non-stop work. But many only discovered the British actor in his popular role as Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII. Although Episode VIII is currently in the works, Boyega has another film we’re hoping will get the green light. Imperial Dreams, is a Los Angeles drama directed, produced, and scored by none other than talented producer Flying Lotus. In 2014 it won the BEST of NEXT Award at Sundance. Boyega plays a young father hoping to rid his life of crime after being released from prison and returning to the Imperial Court Housing Projects in Watts, California. Although nearly two years since it’s original screening, news recently resurfaced that the film is currently being shopped around in hopes of making it to the big screen.

Shadow And Act offers a detailed insight on the film. Eventually Bambi is left to face poverty with his son at his side in a struggle akin to “The Pursuit of Happyness,” clinging to his dream against all odds. But unlike that story, this one moves beyond the moral of personal willpower to acknowledge some of the broken institutions holding its hero back. Through Bambi’s eyes, we see the day-to-day difficulty of life as an ex-con, where getting a job or even an ID can be next to impossible. Watch the trailer below.

IMPERIAL DREAMS Trailer from Tambay A Obenson on Vimeo.