The fact that John Boyega does not want to go back to the Star Wars universe is a major issue for Episode 10. Reuniting Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford after more than 30 years, Disney and Lucasfilm relaunched the Star Wars franchise less than a decade ago. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, who took over the franchise in the sequel trilogy, all had substantial roles. Although it was assumed that the new trio would return for Star Wars 10, and possibly beyond, John Boyega’s comments suggesting that he is unlikely to reprise his role in the franchise may put paid to those plans.
When John Boyega’s rogue Stormtrooper FN-2187 made his debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was thrust into the spotlight. All three of him, Rey, and Poe making it through Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gives Lucasfilm a chance to bring them back for Star Wars: Episode 10. Kathleen Kennedy has hinted at her desire to tell stories involving Rey, Finn, and Poe that take place after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but the studio has not yet taken any official action on the film. Unconfirmed reports of Star Wars Episode 10’s production continue to circulate, as Lucasfilm has shifted its attention to releasing new Star Wars content on Disney+.
Even so, Episode 10 of Star Wars will most likely occur in the future, within the next five to twenty-five years. The actor’s changed outlook on reprising the role of Finn creates a problem for Star Wars 10 producers Lucasfilm. Daisy Ridley has expressed time and time again her eagerness to reprise her role as Rey, and Oscar Isaac has recently come around to the idea of reprising his role as Poe. Boyega’s Star Wars update, while positive about his potential return as Finn, casts doubt on the likelihood of a new trilogy or prevents Star Wars: Episode 10 from telling the proper story.
The reasons why John Boyega is relieved to have finished filming Star Wars
It can be looked at from a few angles that John Boyega has no desire to return to Star Wars. As a Black man in a leading Star Wars role, he was the target of persistent harassment and racist attacks. For years after Finn’s past as a Stormtrooper was exposed, this behavior persisted. Even though fans of the character of Finn and Boyega’s portrayal of him were able to voice their approval, the voices of those who were offended by the character’s portrayal or his race were heard. The actor eventually spoke out about his dissatisfaction with Lucasfilm’s lack of assistance and support in the face of these criticisms. As a result of Boyega’s forthright communication with Lucasfilm, the production company has improved their processes (such as supporting Moses Ingram after she encountered racist online attacks). It’s understandable that he would want some space to prevent further harassment, though.
It’s also common knowledge that as the sequel trilogy progressed, Boyega became increasingly dissatisfied with Finn’s part. In the promotional materials for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” he was presented as the film’s primary protagonist and central Jedi. Amazing as it was to learn that Rey was the Force-sensitive one of the two, Finn was left wondering what his own future held. When Finn was demoted to a supporting role in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it was a letdown for Boyega. Boyega seems content with where Finn’s story ended, and he has no interest in getting involved again if it means seeing his potential wasted.
The fact that John Boyega seems to be doing well without the Star Wars franchise may have an effect on him. He no longer seeks the fame and fortune that come with starring in big budget blockbusters, preferring instead to collaborate with other artists and actors he respects on projects with deeper meaning. Boyega has done some of his best work in roles that have pushed him to the limits as an actor, such as in Small Axe. He’s gone so far as to say that he’s enjoying rewatching the Star Wars films and playing the video games as a fan rather than an insider to the franchise.
Finn’s potential as a Jedi was hinted at, albeit indirectly, in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
To fans’ dismay, John Boyega has decided to leave Star Wars just as the franchise was getting ready to deliver the Finn story they’ve been craving. J.J. Abrams used nearly the entire plot of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to establish that Finn is Force-sensitive. Given this massive turn of events, it seems likely that Finn’s story will continue with him becoming a Jedi. Fans and actor John Boyega alike hoped that Finn’s use of a lightsaber in The Force Awakens was a precursor to more such moments throughout the trilogy; the Jedi future established in The Rise of Skywalker would allow Lucasfilm to deliver on this promise in Star Wars: Episode 10.
Finn’s sensitivity to the Force appears to have set him up to learn from Rey in the next Star Wars trilogy. Many people believe that Rey will restore the Jedi Order and educate future generations of Force users. Depending on how much time has passed by the time Star Wars: Episode 10 begins, Finn could be her first student and even a Jedi Master tasked with training others. Some fans believe that Finn’s Force awakening will involve him turning to the dark side, but this would run counter to the good character the sequel trilogy carefully built for him. Instead, Finn could become one of the galaxy’s greatest protectors in his Jedi story, and he and Rey could team up to take on the villain of Star Wars 10.
The Casting of John Boyega and Finn Is Essential to the Success of “Star Wars: Episode 10.”
As a result of what was established in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it is now abundantly clear that John Boyega and Finn are essential to Star Wars: Episode 10. At the end, he is seen celebrating with Rey and Poe after the Resistance has defeated the Empire. Rey, Finn, and Poe seem like they would be integral to a new trilogy and finally emerge from the shadow of the original three characters, just as Lucasfilm brought back Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo for another trilogy. However, if Boyega doesn’t come back for Star Wars 10, that leaves one member of the trio out. Lucasfilm must not make the same mistake it did with the sequel trilogy by not including a scene with Luke, Leia, and Han, but on a much larger scale with Finn.
Furthermore, Finn is arguably the most crucial part of the trio. He is close with both Rey and Poe, but it is his friendship with them that ultimately unites the three of them. It’s strange to think that without Finn, Star Wars: Episode 10 will have to center on Rey and Poe. Having to explain Finn’s absence would put Lucasfilm in an awkward position and draw attention to the fact that John Boyega isn’t in the film. The void could be filled by a new character or by existing characters like Jannah or Rose Tico taking on larger roles. However, switching out Finn for another main character probably wouldn’t work.
How likely is it that John Boyega won’t be in Star Wars: Episode IX?
John Boyega has stated that he does not plan to reprise his role in Star Wars, but it is important to note that this is only where he stands at the present time. It’s understandable that Boyega would be hesitant to return to the Star Wars franchise so soon after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (less than three years ago). More worrying would be the actor’s refusal to return if production on Star Wars: Episode 10 were to begin soon. Since the film currently doesn’t appear to be in the works, Boyega has time to let go of the franchise and decide whether or not he wants to reprise his role as Finn.
Ultimately, John Boyega may be hesitant to reprise his role as Finn for an entirely new Star Wars trilogy, but he could return for Star Wars: Episode 10 to help wrap up Finn’s story. The opportunity to reunite with co-stars Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac could be enough to win him over. In addition, he has praised J.J. Abrams and stated that he would welcome the director’s return. Some of John Boyega’s most recent team members could join Lucasfilm. Directors like Steve McQueen, Kathryn Bigelow, Joe Cornish, and Gina Prince-Bythewood would be exciting picks for Star Wars 10. It would be shocking if John Boyega didn’t show up as Finn again in Star Wars: Episode 10.
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