John Boyega Refuses to Reprise His ‘Star Wars’ Role on Disney+
We’re just weeks away from the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and fans can hardly wait. The film will tie up the Skywalker saga George Lucas started back in 1977. But in doing so, it will also serve as the final installment of the sequel trilogy.
Against all odds, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced several instantly iconic new characters into the saga. Yet, The Rise of Skywalker could be the last time fans see Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, John Boyega’s Finn, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe. Now Boyega himself has ruled out one way he could keep playing Finn.
One of the big ‘Star Wars’ breakouts
Prior to The Force Awakens, Boyega had mostly done TV work. In the early 2010s, he appeared on the web series Becoming Human and in several episodes of 24: Live Another Day. But his calling card pre-Star Wars was easily 2011’s Attack the Block.
Directed by Joe Cornish, that film brilliantly combines sci-fi, comedy, and horror into one thrilling ride. Boyega plays Moses, a gang leader who goes up against a horde of invading aliens. This role got the attention of Lucasfilm once The Force Awakens became to come together and led to Boyega’s casting.
Since debuting as Finn, Boyega’s career has enjoyed a significant boost. He worked with Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow in Detroit and took the lead role in Pacific Rim: Uprising. Moreover, he already has a few projects lined up after The Rise of Skywalker.
No Disney+ in John Boyega’s future
While the new Star Wars will be the end of a trilogy, the saga will certainly go on. Lucasfilm hasn’t announced any concrete plans for a new film. But The Mandalorian‘s success means Disney+ will probably be the franchise’s home base for a while. Yet, it doesn’t sound like Boyega’s too keen on that idea.
Boyega’s light-hearted response might be veiled in humor, but it’s also understandable he’d be uninterested in transitioning away from the films. After all, committing to a series is very different than working on a movie. And at this point in his career, Boyega probably doesn’t want to have to deal with the schedule conflicts of a Disney+ series.
Notably, both Ewan McGregor and Diego Luna are set to reprise their movie roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor in upcoming Disney+ shows, respectively. Perhaps, over time, Boyega might consider a spinoff series centered on Finn. But for now, he sounds happier sticking to the big screen.
Where could Finn show up next?
To be sure, Boyega brings a lot to the role of Finn. So it will be hard for fans to say goodbye to him in The Rise of Skywalker. Barring a Disney+ series though, it feels unlikely we’ll see Finn on the big screen anytime soon.
Boyega told Variety he’s willing to come back for another Star Wars film if Ridley and Isaac return alongside him. However, his co-stars are far less optimistic about coming back to the saga. So, for now at least, Boyega is probably not returning for Episode X.
Where then could Finn reappear? Lucafilm is unlikely to try its hand at another big-screen spinoff after Solo. But Boyega could voice the character for an animated project — as he did on web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — or make cameos elsewhere. In the end, perhaps the best way to honor the conclusion The Rise of Skywalker provides is to give Finn — and the fans — a bit of a break.