FN-2187 himself, John Boyega, has revealed that Finn is finally a big deal in the Resistance when the Skywalker saga returns this Holiday season with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In the last installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The First Order deserter passed himself off as a “big deal” in the Resistance to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) when he was scared someone loyal to the First Order would spot him at Maz’s Castle on Takodana but the reality was that he was only a big deal as a traitor to the Empire’s successor.
However, Finn will be known as a bit of a star in the Resistance now that he survived a duel with Darth Vader’s grandson Kylo Ren and helped to destroy Starkiller Base. The actor couldn’t help but be excited as he explained to Entertainment Weekly at Star Wars Celebration Orlando last month that his character will be well known for his involvement in the events at the end of Episode VII:
“The funny thing is, between VII and VIII, Finn’s now a big deal! He is now a big deal. Imagine that – you get taken down by Kylo Ren. Think about what the gossip’s going to be like in the Resistance. ‘Oh, that’s the guy that got slashed down by Kylo? How you doing, guys? How you doing? Yeah, I was there. Then the Falcon picked me up… Oh yeah, I knew Han Solo by the way. We were pretty close.’ All that kind of stuff. They have a fan moment when they see him.”
As for the injury he suffered in his duel with the Knight of Ren, it will take some time before Finn is back in full force. So far, the only bit we’ve seen of Finn in Episode VIII has been inside of him inside a bacta suit but thanks to a set photo shared by director Rian Johnson, we know Finn will be back in the mix for the next act in the adventure. Boyega explained that the injury is going to keep him down at first but assured that his character is going to bring it once he’s back up and at it:
“It’s a grounding injury. It’s going to take him some time to get back on the ball. But when he does… oh, he does.”
Boyega went on to shed some light on how exactly the energy from the Kyber crystal effects one’s body within the Star Wars universe explaining the complexities of the injury:
“Once it’s in, it continues to burn the skin and the cells. It’s not a piece of flame that whacks your body. It’s not something that works like a stab wound. It’s really brutal,” the actor says.
Boyega also shed some light on his role in the plot, confirming that Finn will indeed go on a mission along with franchise newcomer Kelly Marie Tran who plays Rose Tico, a maintenance worker in the Resistance who gets swept up in the adventure:
“It’s Finn and Rose, they’re on a massive adventure. It’s a big mission they need to complete. The Resistance is under immense pressure, and it’s time for them to get a bit of help. That’s where Finn and Rose come in, and they’re thrust into a crazy adventure.”
The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Andy Serkis.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
You can watch the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi here and stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer
The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.
These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.
1. Ahch-To at sunset
In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.
2. Kylo remnants
In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?
3. A mysterious book
We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.
4. Lightsaber training
“It’s so much bigger.”
This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.
5. AT-ATs on the horizon?
We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back.
6. Still asleep…
Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.
7. Poe & BB-8 on the run
The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi.
8. Falcon takes flight
There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.
Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.
10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.