John Boyega has shared a look at Finn’s new blaster in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While most of the narrative weight of Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed on the shoulders of Daisy Ridley’s Rey as she discovered her Force sensitivity and natural ability with a lightsaber, Boyega’s Finn also proved his worth as a stormtrooper who turned on the evil First Order to join the Rey and the rest of the Resistance. Fans have long wondered what sort of role Finn would occupy in the upcoming The Last Jed (Boyega himself has hinted that his character will be a “big deal” thanks to his battle with Kylo Ren) and, more importantly perhaps, how his character would evolve.
After inheriting Poe Dameron's awesome jacket in The Force Awakens, it looks like Finn will get a cool sidearm in The Last Jedi. A video of the new blaster was posted on Boyega’s official Instagram, and shows what is presumably Boyega himself pulling the trigger on the prototype weapon. Boyega, who claims to be an avid Star Wars toy collector since before his casting as Finn, captioned the video with a thanks to writer and director Rian Johnson for Finn’s blaster. The video and a closer look at Finn’s new blaster is available below:
The new blaster is certainly a sleek design, including some fancy lighting effects that continue to emphasize a reliance on practical effects as we saw in both Rogue One and The Force Awakens (although the blaster will likely get som CGI augmentation when it does fire so it doesn't look like a toy in the finished film). Trailers for The Force Awakens focused on the bait and switch of Finn with the lightsaber that used to belong to Anakin and Luke (and now Rey), and so far the best look we have of him in The Last Jedi shows him still healing from the injuries he received from Kylo Ren, so the prospect of Finn going off on his own mission is definitely an exciting opportunity for this character.
The Last Jedi is following its predecessor's trend of staying spoiler free in marketing (at least so far), and while we've gleaned a few details about Finn's involvement from interviews with Boyega and others, The Last Jedi still has a lot of Boyega related details up its sleeve, including the full nature of his relationship with newcomer Kelly Marie Trans' character, Rose. The movie may not feature a romantic arc like Han and Leia in Empire Strikes Back, but there have been rumors that there is some sort of a spark between her and Finn, despite the popular fan shipping of Poe and Finn. Regardless, there's a lot in store for the many new characters introduced in The Force Awakens, and we can expect more news to trickle out as we slowly await the December release of The Last Jedi.
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