Following his defection from the First Order that pushed him to become a Resistance member, John Boyega says Finn is now a 'space terrorist' in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He may not be a Jedi-in-the-making, but Finn is shaping up to be a really cool character, having missions of his own and even leading the charge against a stealth job against his former workplace.
The Last Jedi is just a month away from debuting in theaters and Dinsey has started revving up its marketing machine, to keep the hype train running until the sequel is finally here. Apart from the slew of TV spots and even a brand new IMAX poster, the film's cast has also started doing press, sitting down for interviews and providing everyone with nuggets of information regarding Rian Johnson's installment in the saga set in a galaxy far, far away.
Speaking to SciFiNow Magazine, Boyega opened up about Finn's personal narrative trajectory in The Last Jedi - now that he has become a full-fledged operative for the Resistance and a targeted man for the First Order:
“You’ve got your foundation for the character. Now you’re moving onto the next project and you’re trying to, you know, make more of the character. You can’t make more of someone you don’t really know. And so for me the fear that I did have going into VIII was that I hope that we get more of a sense of where [Finn] belongs… The story for him in this movie is him making that decision himself as to where he will belong. Where he wants to identify himself. And I think that’s very important. Finn is now a known kind of space terrorist. They see him as a rogue. So that causes a lot of tension. He can’t just go through space the way he used to.”
The actor also teased the much-awaited head-to-head between former subordinate and senior, when Finn and Captain Phasma battle one another, as seen in The Last Jedi's trailers. ("Unfortunately he has to go back to work in this film. And they do meet. It’s not the best reunion in the world,” teases Boyega.) How Finn winds up in a fight with the sleek-looking Chrome trooper is anybody's guess, but one presumes it happens when Finn and fellow Resistance fighter Rose undertake a covert mission to infiltrate the First Order. Ironically, the infiltrating job suits Boyega's description of his character as a space terrorist, at least from the First Order's perspective.
Despite being a pivotal part of everything that went down in Star War: The Force Awakens, it felt like Finn did not really have a concrete narrative arc. Granted that he did not have any plan after leaving his Stormtrooper post other than to get far from the First Order, all his actions after he summoned all the courage to do the unthinkable and sneak out Poe was a reactionary measure - rather than taking it upon himself to carve his own path outside of being a trained minion under Captain Phasma. Knowing that the character has his own purpose in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (seeking the mysterious DJ) will help solidify Finn as being a proper co-protagonist in the new Star Wars trilogy.