John Boyega shared some story details he felt would’ve improved the quality of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.
Nearly three years after his last appearance as Finn in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, John Boyega has three films for 2022. One of those films, Breaking, features perhaps his strongest performance to date, showcasing some incredible dramatic range from the 29-year-old actor.
John Boyega has naturally been asked about his work on the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. Boyega has not minced any words regarding his experience on the franchise, which is mixed to say the least. While he certainly had some positive experiences from it, he also dealt with racist abuse from a vocal fringe group of fans as well as a disappointing story trajectory for his character Finn, who was arguably the second most important character in The Force Awakens and whose role was downgraded in significance with The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
While promoting Breaking, John Boyega was asked by Vanity Fair about what he wished the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy could’ve further explored. He shared some hopes he had for Finn, as well as Luke Skywalker:
“To a certain extent, there should have been a Stormtrooper rebellion… And then to flesh out Luke’s character a bit more. Give him more moments of redemption, which I feel like was needed after VIII [The Last Jedi].”
In regards to some of the returning legacy characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, John Boyega revealed that he would’ve preferred that the likes of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) among others would’ve spent more time with the newly-established Sequel Trilogy characters for a stronger passing of the baton:
“I feel like Star Wars fans needed more time with those characters that we love so much.”
Star Wars: Missed Opportunities
Both fans and detractors of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy often have one thing they agree on: John Boyega’s Finn was misused in the final two installments. Based on Boyega’s comments here, it seems that he also agrees with the criticism regarding the use of the Original Trilogy characters. In particular, his comments regarding Luke Skywalker are quite eye-opening given that in the Sequels, the Jedi Master only interacts with the likes of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and he never shares any scenes with Finn, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) among others. While Boyega is uninterested in returning as Finn anytime soon, here’s hoping the next group of storytellers have higher ambitions in mind for the character. After all, his performance in Breaking teases even greater performances to come from the actor.
John Boyega was last seen as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Here is the synopsis:
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.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD as well as streaming exclusively on Disney Plus. Be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on John Boyega’s future beyond the Sequel Trilogy, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Vanity Fair