John Boyega: Star Wars VIII will be darker

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 January 2016
John Boyega

John Boyega

John Boyega has revealed that 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' will be much "darker" than 'The Force Awakens'

John Boyega has revealed filming for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is underway and the movie is much "darker" than 'The Force Awakens'.

The 23-year-old British actor is reprising his role as rogue Stormtrooper Finn and admits the sci-fi franchise is going to take a sinister turn in the next instalment.

In an interview with, he shared: "(We're) just starting work on 'Star Wars VIII,' the next film, so I'm back to keeping secrets again. It's great. Much darker, but we're very excited."

Mark Hamill's character Luke Skywalker is set to have a prominent role in the sequel, while Daisy Ridley is returning as Rey, 'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Adam Driver will be donning his black mask and hood again as villain Kylo Ren.

Boyega was involved in several big action scenes in 'The Force Awakens' and he admits he has even more stunts to do in 'Episode VIII' so he is going to up his gym sessions.

Speaking about preparing for the new movie, he said: "For ('The Force Awakens') we really just took it scene by scene, there wasn't a huge regime. My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more."

Rian Johnson is directing 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', while J.J. Abrams - who helmed 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' - is acting as executive producer.

The movie is scheduled for release on 26 May 2017.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran
  • UK release: 14 December 2017

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