John Boyega holds the title of ‘biggest superfan cast in a major role in Star Wars universe’, and it’s not even close.
The London-born actor, previously known for the cult 2011 sci-fi comedy Block Attackwas the epitome of buzz after his performance as stormtrooper-turned-resistance Finn in 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega’s unbridled enjoyment was evident in his ecstatic reaction to The force awakens trailer or when he clapped again Star Trek Veteran William Shatner for Shadow in The Force.
With three films in five years, Star Wars made Boyega a household name. But somewhere along the line, his relationship with Star Wars the universe grew… complicated. It’s something the actor has been more open about in recent years Skywalker Saga completed in 2019.
Racist online attacks were directed at both Boyega and his Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker Her co-star Kelly Marie Tran eventually led him to call off the show’s toxic fans in 2020. That same year, he lamented that he was “the only cast member whose experience Star Wars it was based on their race.”
As he told The Daily Beast this week, he thought he was the lead when he was first cast The Force Awakensonly to see his role shrink as the trilogy progressed.
Despite the negative experience, however, Boyega has bounced back Star Wars fandom as he admitted to us in an interview while promoting his new dramatic thriller Breakingwhich depicts the true story of a Marine veteran who threatens to blow up a bank over a disputed disability claim (see interview excerpt above).
“It really gives you freedom,” says Boyega, who has been keeping up with the recent Disney+ streaming series The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan. “I was just in [Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction] like two weeks ago. Gives [me] freedom to go back to what I was doing before, which was just consuming Star Wars content without participation.
“And that in itself is nice to me. I feel like I graduated to young OG status. Just playing it games and watching what they do after our timeline in the universe, and it was good, it was fun.”
Considering Boyega’s role was more important The The force awakensit is not surprising that the actor, without hesitation, mentions this film as the favorite stage in which he played.
And while actor Oscar Isaac recently made headlines for saying he would be open to returning Star Wars someday — and original stars like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford all returned for the final trilogy — Boyega, now 30, doesn’t seem close to making such a (hypothetical) commitment.
“At this point, I am at peace. I’m fine,” he told SiriusXM’s Tell me everything with John Fugelsang. “I think Finn is at a good point of confirmation where you can just enjoy him in other things, the games, the cartoons. But I feel like [the Star Wars sequel trilogy] it was good for me.”
Breaking opens in theaters Friday.
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