John Boyega replaced by Krypton's Aaron Pierre in new Netflix movie

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Krypton actor Aaron Pierre has replaced John Boyega in upcoming Netflix movie Rebel Ridge.

Back in June, the streaming platform announced that the Star Wars actor had exited the project mid-shoot due to "family reasons".

Pierre now joins existing cast members AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Don Johnson (Knives Out), James Badge Dale (24), Zsane Jhe (Watchmen) and James Cromwell (American Horror Story).

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Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

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Written and directed by Green Room's Jeremy Saulnier, the film is described as a "deeply human yet high-velocity thriller that explores systemic American injustice in the context of bone-breaking action, ever-coiling suspense, and pitch-black humour".

More recently, Pierre appeared alongside Hereditary's Alex Wolff, Last Night in Soho's Thomasin Mckenzie and Mozart in the Jungle's Gael García Bernal in M Night Shyamalan's Old. He also played Caesar Garner, an enslaved man, in Barry Jenkins' acclaimed miniseries The Underground Railroad.

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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

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The filmmaker is said to have first come across Pierre in a Globe Theatre production of Othello, in which he played Cassio. The pair are set to work together again in an upcoming prequel to The Lion King, with Pierre portraying a young Mufasa.

Taking to his Instagram to tease his involvement, Pierre shared a photo of himself as a young boy alongside the caption: "If I could tell this council estate kid from Croydon that some day he will voice Mufasa, he would be over the moon.

"Tremendously honoured and abundantly grateful to be part of this treasured story with such a brilliant team. Thank you. All glory to God."

The Underground Railroad is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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