Fans of Resistance hero Finn (John Boyega) can rejoice with the news that the character will likely get more screen time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker than in previous films. As the first black lead in a Star Wars trilogy, and one of just a few prominent black roles in the entire saga, the character of Finn is no stranger to controversy. His very existence in the first teasers for The Force Awakens was enough to rile up some viewers, who couldn't figure out why a film series about different groups coming together wasn't full of exclusively white people.
Some of the criticisms of Finn, though, have been more intelligent; being a former Stormtrooper who betrays the First Order early on in The Force Awakens, some fans have argued that Finn should show more sympathy for his one-time comrades, who were presumably all abducted and brainwashed just like him. Others have expressed disappointment with what they saw as a repetitive character arc for Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as for his comparatively lessened screen time in that movie.
While all of these latter complaints can be argued against, Boyega himself sympathized enough to tell one such fan: "I hear you." In his Tweet response, he goes on to tease a meatier role for his character in The Rise of Skywalker: "I was really adamant on more Finn involvement. Hopefully you like it!" While it's unclear exactly what Finn will be doing in the film, Boyega's tweet seems to imply that he got what he wanted, and fans of Finn should expect to see a lot of him in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
I hear you! Give it a shot ep 9! I was really adamant on more Finn involvement. Hopefully you like it!— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) November 13, 2019
Finn won't be alone, of course. Aside from returning costars Daisy Ridley's Rey, Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, and Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico, Boyega will appear alongside Naomi Ackie's Jannah, described as a "fierce and principled freedom fighter," and Keri Russell's thief character Zorii Bliss. He might also cross paths with Lando Calrissian, who returns with Billy Dee Williams in the role once again. From the trailers, it already appears that Jannah and Finn will work closely together, as well as with Rey and Poe, characters who have spent very little time together on-screen until now.
The Rise of Skywalker releases December 20th, and will conclude the nine-part Skywalker Saga. News on the future of Star Wars films after that is slim, with Disney seemingly focusing on their new streaming platform and the limited series they have planned for it, like The Mandalorian and the upcoming Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi shows. It's possible that Finn's story might continue in a spinoff series as well, perhaps even focusing on a more personal story about his connection to the First Order troops he once called friends. That assumes, of course, that he survives the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - something we'll have to find out next month.
Source: John Boyega/Twitter
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019