John Boyega joined the Star Wars franchise as ex-stormtrooper and Resistance fighter Finn in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and reprised his position in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017, earlier than returning for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019. However now he is doubling down on his earlier assertion that he will not be again within the universe.
In 2020, he spoke out against how he had been handled whereas a part of the franchise, and in an Aug. 24 interview with John Fugelsang on Sirius XM’s “Tell Me Everything,” Boyega stated he is nonetheless not planning on making any extra Star Wars films. “At this level, I am cool off it,” he stated. “I am good off it. I feel Finn is at a very good affirmation level the place you possibly can simply get pleasure from him in different issues, the video games, the animation. However I really feel like ‘VII’ to ‘IX’ was good for me.”
In a September 2020 interview with GQ, Boyega stated he felt Lucasfilm’s therapy of his character was “not good” and stated the corporate wanted to be taught to not “carry out a Black character, market them to be way more vital within the franchise than they’re after which have them pushed to the facet.” In the identical interview, he additionally spoke out concerning the racism he had confronted from the Star Wars fandom, saying, “No one else within the forged had individuals saying they had been going to boycott the film as a result of [they were in it]. No one else had the uproar and dying threats despatched to their Instagram DMs and social media, saying, ‘Black this and Black that and also you should not be a Stormtrooper.’ No one else had that have. However but persons are shocked that I am this fashion. That is my frustration.”
A number of years later, Boyega stated throughout his August “Inform Me Every thing” interview that he is seen some adjustments to the Star Wars world since he spoke out. For one, he was glad to see Moses Ingram receiving support from her “Obi-Wan Kenobi” costar Ewan McGregor after she confronted racist assaults from followers.
“Moses Ingram being protected makes me really feel protected,” he stated. “As a result of once I began, it wasn’t actually a dialog you may carry up. However now, to see how blatant it’s, to see Ewan McGregor come and assist . . . it for me fulfills my time the place I did not get assist. It would not make me really feel bitter in any respect, it makes me really feel like . . . generally you are not the man to get the blessing. Generally you are Moses, you lead the individuals to the mountain, however you see the vacation spot, you do not get to go in. You get others to go in, and that is the place you get your happiness from.”
Although he will not be again in a Star Wars characteristic anytime quickly, Boyega has loads of upcoming tasks on his plate. In 2022, he’ll seem alongside Viola Davis in “The Woman King” and can star within the new Bleecker Avenue movie “Breaking,” which hits theaters on Aug. 26.