John Boyega had a bad war. Star Wars, that is. After being cast as potentially the most interesting character in the new trilogy, subsequent writers seemingly didn’t know quite what to do with him and the intriguing premise of a Stormtrooper with a crisis of conscience was never really pushed further.


There was apparently racism from some sectors of fandom, and this was handled differently for him than it was for Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram. In a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything, he said:

“That’s the peace that I felt. Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected. Do you understand what I’m saying? It makes me feel like, ‘Okay, cool. I am not the elephant in the room.’

Because when I started, it wasn’t really a conversation you could bring up. You know how they went through it. It was kind of like, ‘Let’s just be silent.’ It wasn’t a conversation you could bring up. But now to see how blatant it is, to see Ewan McGregor come and support…It, for me, fulfils my time where I didn’t get the support.”

So not good vibes towards Star Wars then? Would Finn ever return? Apparently not:

“At this point I’m cool off it. I’m good off it. To be fair, [with] the allies that I’ve found within Joel Taylor and Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis, all these people I’ve been working with… versatility is my path.

I think Finn is at a good confirmation point where you can just enjoy him in other things, the games, the animation. But I feel like ‘[Episode] VII’ to ‘[Episode] IX’ was good for me.”

You can see an excerpt from the interview with Boyega below. The Woman King has issues of its own, as the unfortunate and uncomfortable truth about the subject matter recently came to light.

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