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John Boyega and Letitia Wright set to unite for ground breaking romantic sci-fi drama Hold Back The Stars

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The two friends attended the Met Gala together earlier this year (Pictures: Getty Images)

Star Wars John Boyega and Black Panthers Letitia Wright are starring in a ground-breaking sci-fi romantic drama Hold Back The Stars.

The two actors, who are actually friends in real life, are attached to lead in what will be the first ever romance set in space where the colour of ones skin wont be what drives the films central narrative.

Mike Cahill, the man behind Sundance Film Festival winner Another Earth, will direct the film.

The pair, who both trained at Identity School of Acting founded by Pacific Rim: Uprising producer Femi Oguns MBE, will be acting side by side in the adaptation of the Katie Khan novel of the same name.

The story focuses on a man and a woman who revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with just 90 minutes of oxygen.

The pair trained together as young actors (Picture: Getty Images)

Minus the running out of air bit, it sounds super cute.

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Femi, who also manages both actors, celebrated the news on Instagram explaining why the new film is ground-breaking.

Posting a screenshot of the announcement, he wrote: Im so proud to finally announce history on screen is being positioned to be made!

My two powerhouses @johnboyega and @letitiawright are attached to lead what will be the first ever romance set in space where the colour of ones skin wont be what drives the films central narrative.

We dreamt of this moment and God you have answered us all.

Letitia Wright will be reprising her role as Princess Shuri in the Black Panther sequel (Picture: FilmMagic)

Femi – who previously spoke to Metro.co.uk about why he thinks John and Letitia are exactly what Hollywood needs right now – also has the likes of Roots Malachi Kirby, Snowfalls Damson Idris in his alumnus.

John, 26, told The Grio in March that he and Letitia would hang out at McDonalds after classes and speak about their dreams to succeed in the movie industry in the future.

Well, the future is now.

I felt Letitia was the best thing in Black Panther. She was fantastic. Every time she came onto the screen, my heart was uplifted, John added in the interview.

John recently turned producer in Pacific Rim: Uprising, in which he starred as Jake Pentecost, and flexed his creative muscles some more by taking on the role of executive producer for British fantasy horror A Spriggan.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor John Boyega attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

John has a busy schedule ahead of him (Picture: Getty Images)

The Imperial Dreams star will be returning back to his British roots to work with writer-director Keir Burrows and producer Josephine Rose after his company Upper Room productions recently co-produced Pacific Rim: Uprising,

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He will also be providing the voice of Bigwig for the new Watership Down miniseries, airing on BBC One this Christmas.

Boyega will reprise his role as Finn in Star Wars Episode IX which is expected to be released in December 2019.

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And dedicated fans of the fictional land of Wakanda will be pleased to hear that Letitia will also reprise her role as Princess Shuri in the Black Panther sequel and the Avengers film coming next year.

Basically, we are all in for a treat.

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