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Sci-fi movies have always been popular, with some of the highest-grossing movies coming from this genre.
Let’s face it viewers will always be fascinated by the unknown. Now with more diverse representation in films (especially on streaming platforms), it’s time to dive into the science fiction world and look at which Black actors have taken center stage in recently made futuristic flicks.
As the genre embraces diversity, these actors not only showcase incredible talent but also bring a new perspective to these types of roles. Let’s explore the stellar performances and captivating narratives that are making waves on our screens.
John Boyega in ‘They Cloned Tyrone’
“They Cloned Tyrone” is a sci-fi comedy mystery that delves deep into a government cloning conspiracy. Directed by Juel Taylor in his feature film directorial debut, an unlikely trio, including Boyega’s character, embarks on a journey to uncover the truth.
British actor and producer John Boyega achieved international fame as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He also received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016 and the Trophée Chopard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Boyega’s portrayal in the movie ‘They Cloned Tyrone’ is compelling and humorous. His dynamic performance, combined with his interactions with co-stars Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx, adds depth to the narrative, making it a delightful blend of comedy and mystery.
“Sterling K. Brown in ‘Biosphere’
“Biosphere” is set in a post-apocalyptic world where two childhood friends are the last survivors. They live in a protective dome and face challenges of survival and adaptation.
Directed by Doug Liman, Sterling K. Brown is an American actor known for his Emmy-winning roles in “This Is Us” and “The People v. O. J. Simpson.” He’s also been in films like “Black Panther” and “Waves” and voiced characters in animated hits. Brown’s portrayal of a character grappling with guilt, hope, and survival is heart-wrenching and inspiring. His nuanced performance adds layers to the story, making it a thought-provoking exploration of humanity.
Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Nope’
“Nope” is a neo-Western sci-fi horror where horse-wrangling siblings attempt to capture evidence of a UFO in California.
Directed by Jordan Peele, a highly acclaimed British actor, recognized for his achievements with awards such as an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, and a Golden Globe, Daniel Kaluuya gave an outstanding performance in the movie Nope. His intense and gripping portrayal adds a layer of suspense to the narrative. His ability to convey fear, determination, and curiosity makes the film a thrilling watch.
Chiwetel Ejiofor in ‘The Pod Generation’
Set in the late 21st century, “The Pod Generation” explores the debate between natural childbirth and the new technology of external pods. Alvy, a botanist, and Rachel, a tech enthusiast, navigate this dilemma as a couple.
Directed by Jeymes Samuel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, acclaimed for his portrayal of Alvy, exhibits both heartfelt and thought-provoking performances. His character’s internal struggle between tradition and technology showcases Ejiofor’s versatile acting range. Notably, he has also won a British Academy Film Award and a Laurence Olivier Award, and earned nominations for an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards.
Asante Blackk in ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’
Adapted from M.T. Anderson’s novel, “Landscape With Invisible Hand” paints a vivid picture of an Earth under the rule of the alien Vuvv. Adam Campbell, portrayed by Asante Blackk, navigates this challenging world, where the divide between the rich and the poor is more pronounced than ever.
Directed by George C. Wolfe, Asante Blackk delivers a poignant performance as Adam, skillfully portraying the struggles, hopes, and resilience of a young man navigating a world in chaos. His journey of love amidst adversity is both touching and inspiring. Asante is also known for his role in the miniseries “When They See Us” (2019), earning him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Additionally, he has been a series regular on “This Is Us” since 2019, garnering a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination.
John David Washington in ‘The Creator’
John David Washington’s portrayal of Joshua’s moral dilemma, his unwavering determination, and the complex dynamics of a world caught in a battle between humanity and artificial intelligence are truly captivating. “The Creator” promises to be an edge-of-your-seat experience with Washington’s outstanding acting at its heart.“The Creator” is a gripping tale set in a future where humanity is locked in a relentless war against artificial intelligence. In the midst of this conflict, the enigmatic Creator has developed a potent and mysterious weapon that threatens to annihilate mankind. Enter John David Washington, who plays the role of ex-special forces agent Joshua, recruited for a high-stakes mission to track down and eliminate the elusive Creator.
These films not only offer captivating narratives but also spotlight the incredible talent of Black actors in the sci-fi genre. Their performances add depth, emotion, and authenticity to the stories, making them a must-watch for anyone seeking compelling cinema with a fresh perspective. Get ready to be transported to new dimensions with these stellar actors steering the ship!
(photo credit) Teyonah Parris, Jamie Foxx and John Boyega star in “They Cloned Tyrone.” Parrish Lewis/Netflix