John Boyega Says J.J. Abrams Forced Finn’s Arc Into ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Should Finn have been Force-sensitive?

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Star Wars star John Boyega recently spoke about J.J. Abrams’ work on The Rise of Skywalker, revealing he felt the director had forced Finn’s arc into the final Skywalker Saga film.

John Boyega joined the Star Wars saga as Finn, a stormtrooper turned Resistance hero, in the first film of Disney’s sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams helmed The Force Awakens, before Rian Johnson took over directing duties for The Last Jedi. Episode IX was originally set to be directed by Colin Trevorrow, before creative differences led to Abrams’ return.

Many fans have felt that the sequel trilogy suffered from a lack of an overall plan. Boyega recently revealed that he feels J.J. Abrams tried to implement his own plan for the series’ overarching story, but that it may have suffered as a result of the different direction taken in Episode VIII.

J.J. Abrams’ Vision For Finn

Speaking recently to Happy Sad Confused, John Boyega said he felt J.J. Abrams had tried to force an abandoned vision for Finn back into Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.

The actor spoke about the ninth Star Wars movie’s hints that Finn may be Force-sensitive, saying the discussion had started when shooting Episode VII – The Force Awakens. However, Boyega said that The Last Jedi had then moved in a different direction before J.J. Abrams returned to the franchise and attempted to return the narrative to his original concept.

Responding to a question about when it was first decided Finn would be Force-sensitive, John Boyega said:

“It was a discussion from VII that was kind of brewing, because you didn’t know which way it was gonna go. And then VIII went in another direction. So I think, with VIII going in another direction, when you’re bringing someone to the third, they have to kind of like appreciate what’s happened in VIII and then still try and make a narrative of it.

“And J.J. really wanted… Force Awakens is the movie that J.J. directed, he was kind of pinpoint plotting a trajectory, but obviously with the different creative differences in the middle and then getting to the third, it’s kind of like he still wanted to, you know, just force it in there, just squeeze it in there.”

John Boyega went on to explain that, for J.J. Abrams, the teases of Finn’s ability to feel the Force in The Rise of Skywalker were an attempt at explaining why Finn was able to wield a lightsaber and hold his own against Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.

Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

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Source: Happy Sad Confused