John Boyega Has HARSH Words for Disney’s Handling of Finn in the Star Wars Sequels


Ouch. It looks like Disney’s failure with the Star Wars sequel trilogy is complete. Even the actors are turning on Disney, echoing many sentiments that fans have had about the sequels.

Now John Boyega is speaking out again about how he, and his character Finn, were treated by Disney in a recent GQ interview. Boyega contends that despite being the co-lead in The Force Awakens, Disney didn’t know what to do with the character of Finn, and that the trilogy became all about Rey and Kylo Ren.

“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”

And this isn’t untrue. Finn was the very first of the Disney-created Star Wars characters we saw in the very first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, and the movie followed his point of view until Rey is introduced. The marketing built Finn up to be just as important as Rey.

But that all changed with The Last Jedi, as Finn is sidelined with a “fetch quest” and is relegated to sidekick status by The Rise of Skywalker.

With there being so much discussion about race recently, it puts Disney in a very awkward position to have to explain things like why the only Black character in their trilogy was shrunken down on the Chinese poster for the first film.

Actors Turning on Disney Star Wars Sequels?

It’s not just Boyega that has issues with the Disney Star Wars sequels just mere months after the release of The Rise of Skywalker.

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) said he has no desire to return to Star Wars unless he absolutely needed the money. Daisy Ridley (Rey) has recently said that she is unable to find much work post Star Wars.

Even Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, didn’t seem to care much for how Luke was handled in the sequel trilogy. He got into an argument with director Rian Johnson over Luke’s character in The Last Jedi, and said he had to think of him as “Jake Skywalker” and not Luke just to reconcile it.

Most damning of all is that the creator of Star Wars itself, George Lucas, famously referred to Disney as “white slavers” during an interview right after The Force Awakens was released.

Since then, it’s come to light that George Lucas provided Disney with a roadmap for Episodes VII, VIII and IX… but these treatments were ignored. Instead, Lucasfilm — under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy — plowed ahead on their version of Star Wars.

To this day, there seems to be bad blood between George Lucas and the Mouse House.

It’ll be interesting to see what the legacy of Disney’s Star Wars sequel will be. Given the waning interest in Star Wars by the general public (save for The Mandalorian), Disney might be forced to take a step back and regroup before launching another trilogy.

But for now, it seems like more and more people associated with the sequels are turning to “the dark side.”

[Source: GQ]

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