Star Wars: Episode 7 - What We Know So Far
FinnPopping on to the screen wearing a Stormtrooper uniform and no helmet, John Boyega’s Finn was actually the first of the new characters we got to "meet" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but sadly the actor is still trying to keep his role in the movie as secretive as possible. As described by Boyega during the Star Wars Celebration panel, the character begins the story finding himself in incredible danger. This fact winds up changing his life completely, and "launches him into the Star Wars universe in a unique way." That’s not much to go on, but it was finally confirmed that the character does indeed start the movie as a Stormtrooper.
An interesting detail that has come out is that we do know that at some point Finn gets to handle a lightsaber - which we know thanks to that short clip that revealed he is the one facing off with Kylo Ren and his raggedy cross-guard lightsaber in the snow-covered woods. While some have speculated that he’s a Jedi (if anyone is a Jedi, we still believe it will be Rey), the most recent reports we’ve heard indicate that, as part of their training, the First Order stormtroopers are taught how to wield the traditional weapon of the Jedi Knight in what could amount to a kind of hand to hand combat training. We’ll have to see how adept he is with it, but Finn will definitely handle the weapon at some point. This also appears to be Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, the one he lost at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, which is rumored to be the starting point for The Force Awakens.
BIG SPOILER AHEAD
An advertisement for a The Force Awakens puzzle on Amazon may have revealed how Finn fits into the larger Star Wars universe, as the product description refers to him as Lando Calrissian’s son. We’ve also learned that his generation has been brought up on a steady diet of First Order propaganda, teaching kids to hate the Rebels, including Luke Skywalker. They see them as villains while viewing the Empire as the victims and good guys, which is why these kids become stormtroopers in the first place. In an attempt to strip them of all personality and individuality recruits are just given a number as identification, and Finn’s is FN-2187, which is where he derives the name Finn in the first place.
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