John Boyega pleased with Finn's evolution in The Rise of Skywalker

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 November 2019
John Boyega

John Boyega

John Boyega is pleased about Finn's development in 'The Rise of Skywalker' after branding the characters as a "comedic goody dude"

John Boyega has opened up about how his character evolves in 'The Rise of Skywalker'.

The actor – who plays Finn in the 'Star Wars' franchise – wanted his character to be developed beyond being a "comedic goofy dude who never gets stuff done".

John told Entertainment Weekly: "I definitely wanted more after 'Episode VIII' ('The Last Jedi'). ['Rise of Skywalker'] makes Finn's 'Episode VIII' arc makes more sense. We got to bring out a side of Finn we haven't seen."

Finn has changed allegiances during the course of the trilogy, initially fighting as a Stormtrooper in the First Order before switching to the Resistance and Boyega believes he finally has a clear identity in this film.

He said: "I don't know if Finn was fully confident about his position in 'Episode VIII' ('The Last Jedi'). In 'Episode IX' (The Rise of Skywalker) is where you have a Finn that now knows what team he fights for.

"There's very interesting beats with Finn in terms of his relations to other characters – there's an aura around him, a new kind of confident energy."

The 27-year-old actor will play Finn for the final time in the film, which marks the end of the latest 'Star Wars' trilogy and the Skywalker Saga as a whole, but he admits that he is glad that his character has maintained a sense of "mystery".

He added: "It feels OK, because, with just three films, there's still a curiosity and a mystery about Finn. There are still certain things that I really don't know about him. It feels like, 'OK, cool. It's a balanced, right time.'"

John also opened up about how director J.J. Abrams encouraged the cast to improvise their dialogue.

He explained: "J.J. came back with a new energy and new vibe. He wanted dialogue to be messy and natural, and that got all of us really excited."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 22min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams
  • UK release: 19 December 2019

Emperor Palpatine (McDiarmid) is back and building an army, so Rey (Ridley), Poe (Isaac), Finn (Boyega) and the gang go up against him and Kylo Ren (Driver). The internal and external battle of Ridley and Driver is the strongest element, with magnetic chemistry, but elsewhere it’s disappointing fan service, a film that…

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