John Boyega Doesn’t Want To Return To ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

Actor John Boyega has said he has no interest in returning to the Star Wars franchise, in which he played Finn in the latest trilogy in the George Lucas universe. In an interview with Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang, he confirmed that the role is out of his plans.

“I think Finn was left at a good point where you can appreciate him in other things, in games, in animation. But I feel like (episodes) VII to IX were good for me,” he commented.

Boyega added that he found “allies” in people he worked with during the pandemic, such as director Juel Taylor and colleagues Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya, to reorient his career: “diversity is my path”, said.

It is not the first time that the actor assumes the distance from the saga, an experience that he came to describe as “a luxury prison”. There was great anticipation on his part, which appeared in the opening images of the trailer for the first film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, revealed on November 28, 2014. Soon his character became known as the “Black Stormtrooper”.

The role, however, did not end up gaining the expected prominence and, in November 2020, Boyega claimed to have had an “honest and transparent conversation” about representation in the saga with Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, after having commented in an interview that his character and those of other black actors, such as Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, and even Oscar Isaac (“a brother from Guatemala”), had been placed “on the sidelines” of history. As a result, the studio’s initial guarantees were not fulfilled.

The experience was also marred by the racism of toxic fans on social media, as the studio initially adopted a strategy of silence.

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