Someone at the University of Nebraska spotted Boyega in ads around the school, and shared the discovery on Imgur.
It's true: As photographer Chris Schmidt posted on Facebook in late December, Boyega participated in the Getty Images stock photo shoot long before he ever appeared in Star Wars (though it's unclear exactly when).
Boyega, 23, confirmed the images, the usual stock photo fare of smiling students posed around a campus, in a tweet Friday.
Responding to a follower, he said that he used the money from the photos "for new trainers."
John Boyega Had a Hysterical Reaction the First Time He Watched Force Awakens!
Yep. Used the money for new trainers https://t.co/UulHEv2hrL— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) January 8, 2016
(Air Force 1s, according to a second tweet.)
All of this proves that Boyega is the kind of famous now where no one is going to confuse him with an extra.