John Boyega Says ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ is Bigger and Darker, Teases Finn and Rey’s Relationship in the Film

By May 15, 2016
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Say what you will about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but if there’s one thing that the movie did right, it was giving fans a new set of characters that they could fall in love with and follow throughout the newest trilogy, without ever just wanting the original crew to come back. In my mind, the first act of the film, which introduces all of the new characters, is probably the strongest part of the film because of the thrill and excitement packed into each of those introductions.

One of those key new players ended up being John Boyega’s Finn, a stormtrooper turned fugitive on the run, who may not have had the force powers that the film’s marketing had made us believe, but was involved in the shaping of the new trilogy an equal amount nonetheless.

While speaking with Variety recently as well, Boyega talked briefly about what fans can expect from director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, echoing the previous statements of a number of his costars in the film:

“It’s very easy. Rian Johnson is great. It’s a different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say: “How do you get bigger than ‘Force Awakens?’” But it’s crazy.”

As for the developing, possibly romantic relationship between him and Daisy Ridley’s Rey? Boyega doesn’t seem so certain about there being a romance between the two:

“Yes, Finn and Rey – they’re just friends. Finn is a storm trooper, so he doesn’t really know what’s going on. So the romance thing is something that’s going to be interesting in the next installment. It’s not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.”

Honestly, there were only a few moments in The Force Awakens that seemed to hint at a romantic connection between Finn and Rey in the first place, and for a majority of the movie, they seemed like partners in crime more than anything else. So I could see there being a real relationship between the duo investigated more in Episode VIII, but I could also see the two characters just being friends throughout the rest of the trilogy. Personally, I’d be fine either way.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable