The wait is nearly over. After more than two years of anticipation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a little over two weeks away from release, and it’s not just the fans who are excited. The stars are also eager for the public to see their work, including John Boyega, who plays Finn. We already got a taste of Boyega’s enthusiasm for the blockbuster after a video of him watching the last trailer came out, but unsurprisingly, he, along with his costars, have already seen the final cut early. Fortunately, the actor was extremely pleased with how it turned out.
When asked by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America (via Yahoo!) what he thought of seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its completion for the first time, Boyega mentioned how this is a great reminder that, “Star Wars is back.” He elaborated:
There's such a great balance between the new generation and the old. Full of action, full of passion and it's quite emotional. I enjoyed it.
One of the key focuses towards the seventh live-action Star Wars film has been its appeal towards all generations. Although old favorites like Han Solo, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and more are returning, newcomers like Boyega’s Finn, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron are the official leads for the new trilogy. So while this is certainly following up on aspects of the Original Trilogy, it’s also the beginning of a new story that will continue over the next couple of years, and, like all the other Star Wars movies, there will plenty of action and emotion. Boyega previously said that he’s going to see the movie as many times as he can in order to gauge what the audience thinks, but if other early reception is any indication, many will probably take to it the same way he did.
When we first meet Boyega’s Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s serving the First Order as a lowly stormtrooper. After defecting, he ends up on the desert planet Jakku, where he meets Rey and ball droid BB-8, and all three take their first steps into a larger world when they meet Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the rest of the Resistance. We’ve also seen Finn wielding Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber in several trailers and TV spots, and while it hasn’t been confirmed whether he will be a Jedi or not, he’ll get a taste of the dark side when he’s forced to fight Kylo Ren, which will look more like a street brawl than the graceful duels seen in the Prequel Trilogy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.