John Boyega Bids Farewell to His Iconic Character from Star Wars Films

In disappointing news for ardent Star Wars fans, British-Nigerian actor John Boyega has reportedly decided not to be a part of the iconic film franchise anymore. He portrayed the role of Finn, a stormtrooper alongside Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). His last appearance as the stormtrooper was in the widely criticized Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

John Boyega Points Out Plot Holes in The Last Jedi’s Script

He has also openly expressed his viewpoints on Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s script.

According to reports, Boyega thought that his character was not action-driven in this particular installment. He further added that the call to separate the main characters was not a well-informed decision as it downplayed the trilogy’s standing compared to the original films. The actor reportedly stated that the dynamic between Finn, Poe, and Rey was not similar to the trio of the original films i.e., Han, Luke, and Leia.

Boyega Takes a Sarcastic Dig at The Rise of Skywalker’s Plot Points

John Boyega also took a sarcastic dig at one of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s plot points. In a post on Twitter, posted a collage of pictures with a caption – “Star Wars romance.” This tweet came after The Rise of Skywalker saw Finn expressing his feelings for Rey only to witness a kiss between Kylo (Adam Driver) and her after fighting against him during the majority of the movie.

Hollywood Confirms Decision in Instagram Post’s Comment Section

Boyega’s decision to leave the Star Wars franchise came after these two incidents. According to reports, the actor confirmed his decision via an Instagram comment. He posted a picture of Small Axe, his upcoming television show. One fan asked a question in the comments section of the post to which Boyega said that he has moved on.

Actor Bags Role in Chase Palmer Helmed Crime Drama

John Boyega’s reply holds a lot of weight as he is going to star in his first major project after the Star Wars trilogy. The film is a crime drama titled Naked Singularity and will be helmed by Chase Palmer, who is famous as the writer of It. The film is a book adaptation of the same name authored by Sergio De La Pava.

The young actor will be essaying the role of Casi, a public defender in New York City. The story will revolve around the protagonist losing a case and getting suspended as a consequence. He then questions the American criminal justice system he has been a part of as a public defender. According to reports, one of the earliest pictures of the film’s set showcases Boyega standing in a courtroom.

A Rising Star in Hollywood

John Boyega first recognized his 2011 sci-fi film Attack the Block, which was directed and written by Joe Cornish. It was his debut film as well. Due to his breakthrough role, Boyega roped in to play Finn’s role in the Star Wars Trilogy. He went on to star in super successful films such as Pacific Rim: Uprising and Detroit.

The Hollywood actor has also been politically active in recent times. He was a part of the Black Lives Matter rally in Hyde Park, London. He gave a speech at the rally in support of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Stephen Lawrence, and Sandra Bland.

With Boyega starring in projects helmed by other filmmakers, he decides to experiment with different genres rather than reprise his role as Finn in the hit Star Wars films. So, all we can do is wait and see if John Boyega ever decides to return to Star Wars or not.


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