The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor will lead the cast of the adaptation about a down-on-his-luck soldier who kills his wife. Jack Thorne will write the script for the production, which will run at The Old Vic next year (17).

John's character was originated in an unfinished 1879 play by Georg Buchner. Alban Berg's 1922 opera Wozzeck was influenced by Buchner's play and in 1979, Werner Herzog adapted the production into a film, which starred Klaus Kinski.

Boyega, 24, appeared onstage in 2010's Othello at South Thames College. He also featured in the cast of Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre.