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Actor John Boyega, star of Small Axe: Red, White and Blue, discusses the Star Wars reference he originally wanted to remove from Small Axe, why he chose this as his follow-up to the Star Wars trilogy, what makes Steve McQueen a great director and more in this interview with CinemaBlend’s Jeff McCobb. Small Axe: Red, White and Blue is one of five films in Steve McQueen’s new anthology film series for Amazon.

Synopsis: John Boyega plays real-life figure Leroy Logan, a member of the London Metropolitan Police Force who both witnessed and experienced firsthand the organization’s fundamental racism. Set in the ’80s, McQueen’s film captures Logan’s growing awareness of a system that he would one day try to dismantle from the inside, while also centering on his relationship with his father, a victim of white police brutality who initially refuses to accept his son’s decision to enter law enforcement. Red, White and Blue is richly evocative and politically charged, with an impassioned yet nuanced performance from Boyega.

Small Axe: Red, White and Blue will be available on Amazon Prime Video December 18.