John Boyega, Robert DeNiro To Star In Netflix's The Formula

The pair will work together in an upcoming drama-heist film for the streaming service.


John Boyega and Robert DeNiro are set to star in the upcoming Netflix feature The Formula from director Gerard McMurray, according to Deadline. McMurray (2019's The Twilight Zone, The First Purge) has the distinction of having directed Burning Sands, one of the streaming platform's first original features--then much more untested waters in 2017. No release date or other casting information has been announced.

The Formula is a drama-heist about a Formula One racer who becomes a getaway driver "to save the only family he has left." Jason Michael Berman is executive producer, with Sam Shaw and Buppie Productions' Ephraim Walker on as co-producers.

Neither Boyega nor DeNiro hardly need further elaboration on their resumes, but Boyega recently starred in Steve McQueen's excellent Amazon Prime Video anthology film series Small Axe, about the real-life experiences of London's West Indian community and is set between 1969 and 1982. Boyega stars in the installment titled "Red, White, and Blue," about the true story of Leroy Logan, who "at a young age saw his father assaulted by two policemen, motivating him to join the Metropolitan Police and change their racist attitudes from within." Boyega also recently made headlines for speaking publicly about his dissatisfaction with the direction the Star Wars trilogy he starred in took.

DeNiro, meanwhile, is also no stranger to lending his talents to streaming features. On the heels of a standout role in the dark antihero origin story Joker, the storied actor starred in the Netflix mobster movie The Irishman from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese.

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