Boyega rose to fame for playing Finn in last year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” and is filming “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” He previously appeared in “Half of a Yellow Sun,” adapted from the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in which he starred alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.
Powley became known as one of the lead characters in the children’s TV show “M.I. High” and portrayed Britain’s Princess Margaret in “A Royal Night Out” alongside Emma Watson and Rupert Everett. She earned glowing reviews for her role in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” also starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård.
French actress Juliette Binoche will hand out the awards at a ceremony during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on May 12, to be held in partnership with Variety.