John Boyega: Finn is Finished After ‘STAR WARS: Episode IX’

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Sure, Finn’s Star Wars story will continue in a Marvel Comics one-shot. (Or, more appropriately, we’ll get to read Finn’s backstory in the comic.) But if you were hoping to see more of the traitorous First Order Stormtrooper beyond Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I wouldn’t get your hopes up.  We’re not likely to see him again after Episode IX. Don’t believe me? Just ask actor John Boyega.

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Finn and Rose contemplate in The Last Jedi. Image: Lucasfilm ltd.

Actually, you don’t have to. Someone has already inquired of the actor about his role of Finn, and the character’s future. MTV News caught up with John Boyega after the Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. The interviewer flat out asked Boyega “do you think you’re ever gonna play this character again?” The actor’s response was a little surprising, and probably disappointing to some fans.  You can see the interview here:

John Boyega done with Finn after Episode IX

Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I don’t think I am,” said John Boyega of playing Finn again. “This really is that movie. I think everyone doesn’t believe it, but this is that war that just ends everything.”

It’s interesting to hear Boyega say so, considering what we’ve heard to the contrary. Yes, The Rise of Skywalker is the definitive end of the Skywalker saga. Notwithstanding, even Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently implied that sequel trilogy characters would have stories beyond the episodic films. There were even rumors of a Poe/Finn team-up series for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. If what John Boyega says is true, however, Finn won’t factor in those future plans, after all. I’m almost disappointed to hear that.

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Finn’s new look in The Rise of Skywalker. Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

That disappointment doesn’t stem from a desire to see the character again, mind you, but rather John Boyega. Finn on screen has been a bit of a disappointment. Boyega in real life, however, is an engaging, dynamic, outspoken and entertaining persona. Hopefully, if The Rise of Skywalker is the last time we see Finn on screen, he’ll finally be able to let his personality shine.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20, 2019 in theaters everywhere.

Source: MTV News

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