'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Actor John Boyega Compares Finn to Boba Fett

Saturday, 04 November 2017 - 2:01PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saturday, 04 November 2017 - 2:01PM
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Actor John Boyega Compares Finn to Boba Fett
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One of the biggest twists that Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to keep hidden was how Finn wasn't actually a Jedi, despite holding the lightsaber in all the movie posters - it was Rey, as all the trailers for The Last Jedi are much more comfortable revealing.

That hasn't stopped fans from suspecting that Finn is Force-sensitive regardless, even if he doesn't get to train under and possibly terrify Luke Skywalker like Rey will be doing in next month's The Last Jedi. Going straight to the source himself, actor John Boyega thinks the "Jedi" part is unlikely.

But, he still still thinks Finn is more than capable of taking on any Jedi without the Force. Much like Boba Fett, specifically. Here's the full comment from Boyega, speaking to Digital Spy:

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"Would I like to be a Jedi? I think it would be more interesting if they had more than one person be a Jedi – but I think that that is the one of the unspoken laws of Star Wars. They only have one who has to go away and train.

I hope it takes an interesting turn; not in terms of being a Jedi, but there are loads more stronger characters in the Star Wars universe that can go up against Jedi and they don't necessarily have to be a Jedi. I would like to explore that more; the whole Boba Fett vibe. I would like to explore that for Finn, but who knows?"
Closing quote


Note that he doesn't seem to suggest a Finn vs. Jedi fight will happen in The Last Jedi - especially considering his first scenes will probably be Finn's recovery from a harsh loss to Kylo Ren - just hopefully in the future.

We know, based on the newest trailer, that he will have a confrontation with his silver-clad rival Captain Phasma, as well as several other Stormtrooper specialists that he used to work with, so he won't be short on things to keep him busy.

And it's always possible that Boyega is withholding spoilers, though. With both Marvel and Star Wars, Disney usually seems okay with misdirection in their marketing; again, we point to all those posters of Finn holding a lightsaber while Rey only brandished her dusty Jakku staff. The same could be said for his claim that Finn can't be a Jedi, since the only thing keeping the new trilogy from having two Jedi is The Force Awakens' parallel plot to the original films.



As for the Boba Fett comparison: on the one hand, it's easy to say "Boba Fett was only awesome up until he fought a Jedi," as his first fight against Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi was a pretty brief one. But to be fair, it was a blind Han Solo who ended up sending Fett into the Sarlacc Pit. Ideally, fans might want Finn to fare significantly better than Boba Fett against an actual Jedi.

It might be more accurate to point to Jango Fett, who more or less defeated Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones (and that's ignoring his next fight against Jedi Master Mace Windu) but it's tough to fault Boyega for preferring Original Trilogy characters over prequel ones.



Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.
 
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