If John Boyega had his way, Finn would end up in a romantic relationship with Rey. Though the Star Wars sequel trilogy has largely avoided a love story a la Han and Leia, the newer films have certainly toyed with the concept. This was most readily apparent in The Force Awakens when Rey first met Finn. In an effort to impress the scavenger, Finn lied about being a Resistance fighter and even asked Rey is she had a "cute boyfriend" back on Jakku. Since the two remained separated for most of The Last Jedi, any flirtation hasn't gone beyond that.
Fans have been quick to 'ship Star Wars characters online, envisioning "Stormpilot" (Finn and Poe) and "Reylo" (Rey and Finn) among others. Within the movies, it looked like Rose and Finn might become an item, thanks to their little kiss on Crait, but Boyega is rooting for Finn to find love with Rey.
In an interview with /Film to promote Pacific Rim Uprising, Boyega was asked about viewer interest in seeing a romance blossom in the new trilogy. His answer is bound to get people talking:
"Because Finn is the one character, for me, who has a distinct, unique relationship with everybody. He had this kind of banterous relationship with Han, then he has this loving relationship with Rey. Now with Rose, it feels like he has this great relationship. Personally? Rey. Yeah, Rey."
Rey has served as a key component of Finn's character motivation from the start. In Force Awakens, Finn felt responsible for getting Rey involved in the conflict (which led to her being captured by Kylo Ren) and spearheaded a daring rescue operation to save her from Starkiller Base. At the outset of The Last Jedi, Finn's primary concern was meeting up with Rey so the two could flee and start a new life in the Outer Rim, far from the clutches of the First Order. It's apparent Finn has strong feelings for Rey; whether they're friendly or something more remains to be seen. When the two hugged at the end of Episode VIII, they were obviously quite happy to be back in each other's company. Of course, Finn and Rey endured trying ordeals in the middle chapter, so it could have merely been an embrace of relief.
As fun as this would be to see, it's not exactly a necessary component for Episode IX to work. With Kylo Ren now in charge of the First Order and the Resistance looking to rebuild after heavy losses, there's more than enough on the finale's plate to deliver another compelling entry in the saga. One has to think if the sequels were going to feature a romance at the forefront, the seeds would have already been planted by now. It's possible J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio added love to the proceedings in Star Wars 9, but it wouldn't be surprising if everyone stayed platonic and loved each other as friends.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019