MY LONGTIME CRUSH JOHN BOYEGA IS PLAYING MY EVEN MORE LONGTIME CRUSH BIGWIG MY LIFE IS PERFECT!
Let me tell you about Bigwig’s emotional arc.
FIRST, Bigwig joins a ragtag band of misfits who are surprised to have him join them because he is so supercool and fit and handsome and in line for great things.
SECOND, the ragtag band of misfits hail a different guy, Hazel, as their leader and Bigwig’s like ‘the… hell you say…? I will call no man my king!’
THIRD, they meet a cult who welcome them, hoping to draw them into a dark and awful conspiracy, and Hazel is like ‘I don’t know about the weird cult…’ and Bigwig is like ‘They seem cool.’ Spoiler: they turn out not to be cool. Their uncoolness is such that Bigwig almost dies, and would have died if not for being indomitable and filled with extreme rage at the cult’s uncoolness. ‘Too mad to die, awesome, let’s go,’ says Hazel. ‘Yessir, chief,’ says Bigwig.
FOURTH, Bigwig has to infiltrate another group, who have an Evil Charismatic Leader who collects wimmins and also big strong young warrior types. Bigwig has to be the spy because… *indicates Bigwig’s fine form* Bigwig finds determined ladies who help him and eventually triumphantly accomplishes his mission!
FIFTH, the Evil Charismatic Leader pursues them intent on destruction. Hazel tries to prevent this ‘destruction’ outcome, but Hazel has become disabled on another mission and ECL is like ‘who is this loser addressing me? how is this permitted.’
SIXTH, Bigwig guards the gates and faces down warrior after warrior, culminating in a duel in which he exhausts ECL. ‘Omg just give up,’ says Evil Charismatic Leader. ‘My chief told me to stand and defend!’ thunders Bigwig.
SEVENTH, ‘HOW COULD THERE BE ANOTHER, MORE BADASS THAN THEE?’ the Evil Charismatic Leader screams inside his mind. Meanwhile several minions of evil unobtrusively pee themselves.
EIGHTH, Visionary leader Hazel will be played by James McAvoy.
NINTH, I love Bigwig because he is a warrior noble unto death, but also because he has the biggest emotional arc of the story–he becomes someone who can value another being above himself for qualities he does not possess, even when his society always told him that the qualities he *does* possess (courage, physical strength) are far more important. He is the big buff dude who learns the traditional view of manliness isn’t all that, and his internalising of this lesson helps bring down people who do still believe in that foolishness.