American Horror Story star joins John Boyega's new movie

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American Horror Story star Connie Britton will star in upcoming drama 892 alongside John Boyega, Michael K. Williams and Nichole Beharie.

Based on Aaron Gell's influential article 'They Didn't Have to Kill Him: The Death of Lance Corporal Brian Easley', 892 follows the story of Easley (played by John Boyega) a desperate Iraq veteran who took several people hostage in a bank in 2017.

The ex-Marine was struggling to survive with "back aches and mental illness" after his disability cheque from Veterans Affairs never came through. He subsequently held up two bank tellers at a Wells Fargo bank in the Atlanta suburbs, claiming his backpack was filled with C-4 explosive.

He insisted he wouldn't hurt anyone and didn't want to rob the bank, but he was killed by police on the scene.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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Britton will play a sidelined assignment editor who is suddenly thrown into the spotlight.

Connie Britton rose to fame in films such as Friday Night Lights and ABC's Spin City. More recently, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her acting in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's American Horror Story's first season Murder House, reprising the role again in Apocalypse.

She later joined several of Murphy and Falchuk's other projects, including American Crime Story and 9-1-1.

Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images

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As well as John Boyega (Star Wars, Pacific Rim), she joins Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), Nicole Beharie (American Violet, Miss Juneteenth) and Olivia Washington (The Butler, Mr. Robot).

Selenis Leyva (Orange is the New Black, Diary of a Future President) and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Hitch) also star.

The screenplay will be co-written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, known for playing a paramedic on Casualty during the early '00s. Shortly after his stint on the popular medical drama, he became only the second Black British person to have a play on London's West End.

The film will be co-written and directed by Abi Damaris Corbin, who is primarily known for her short films.

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