‘Star Wars’: Finn’s Origins Will Be Revealed in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is hotly anticipated. Fans hope that this new installment will reveal the identity of Rey‘s parents. Interestingly, J. J. Abrams said the film will also touch on Finn’s backstory. Here’s what he had to say.
J. J. Abrams surprises fans
Rey’s origins are kept mysterious in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. In the latter, Kylo Ren said her parents sold her for drinking money. As Kylo Ren is not trustworthy, many fans concluded he was lying.
Finn’s origins are less mysterious. The Force Awakens shows us he was a Stormtrooper who defected from the first order. He was given the name “Finn” by Poe Dameron, who derived the name from the Stormtrooper’s serial number, FN-2187.
It’s surprising Abram’s would even want to explore Finn’s origins. From what we’ve seen in the previous two films, there’s no apparent mystery to the character.
“I would say that each of the characters get more light shed on their histories,” Abrams explained to Vanity Fair. “I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are. But there are a lot of questions about Finn’s past.”
Is Finn related to a famous ‘Star Wars’ character?
Abrams’ comments open a host of possibilities. Perhaps the audience will learn Finn is related to an established Star Wars character. Fans have spent years wondering if new faces like Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron could be related to figures from the original trilogy or prequel trilogy.
Samuel L. Jackson, who played Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy, has some opinions on Finn’s ancestry. As fans of the prequels know, a Jedi’s power is derived from microscopic beings in their blood called “midi-chlorians.” According to Cinema Blend, Jackson said “Well, apparently [Finn’s] got some midi-chlorians [or] he wouldn’t have been able to turn the f*cking lightsaber on.” Jackson seemed to imply Finn is descended from a Jedi.
Judging by the trailer for the film, many saw parallels between Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. The former featured the famous reveal that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were siblings. The Rise of Skywalker could feature a similar twist. Perhaps Finn is Rey’s brother. Such a twist would shed light on the backstories of both characters.
What else could we learn about Finn?
Abrams could also reveal information about Finn’s time as a Stormtrooper rather than anything about his family. His history with his superior officer, Captain Phasma, could certainly be mined for drama. The Rise of Skywalker could also explore how difficult it was for the morally upright Finn to work for the First Order.
Abrams added he wants to live up to expectations. “For me personally, the fun of it is the excitement of what comes next, what comes down the line,” he elaborated. “It makes beginnings tantalizing and exciting because hopefully the audience will feel the same feeling you have, which is, Ooh, I think I know where this is going. Let’s see how we get there.”
We don’t know the full truth about Finn’s past. Any upcoming revelation could come completely out of left field. Hopefully, new information will help bring the sequel trilogy to a satisfying close.