No matter who you are, or what film you've starred in, as an actor you're always going to have a case of stage fright as your next film is opening. In John Boyega's case, it's a pretty galactic sized case of the nerves, as he's not so sure how audiences will react to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While doing press at the 2016 Film Independent Indie Spirit Awards nomination announcements, Boyega was asked how he thought the latest installment of the Star Wars saga would land with audiences. Some actors might have played it cool, while others might have went overly optimistic with a wink and a grin. But being the fan that he is, the actor told Deadline the following:
This is a discussion I was having with J.J. [Abrams] yesterday and I was just like ‘How are people going to react to this movie?’ But there’s going to be a reaction for sure. I’m going to try to see it as many times as possible with different audiences just to gauge everyone’s opinions of it.
The Attack The Block star isn't the only person nervous about Star Wars: The Force Awaken's opening, as even the Disney brass are trying to talk down the expectations that the seventh film in the Skywalker saga will be the end all, know all film experience. With many predicting it will be the biggest film of 2015, as well as a possible contender for the highest grossing film of all time, there are a lot of expectations that could prove to be dangerous, if left unchecked.
EA Games certainly can speak to that truth, as their optimistic projections for their tie-in video game, Star Wars: Battlefront, have been dashed with less than anticipated sales. This has effectively turned the game from a sure fire success into a title that will surprisingly be discounted for Black Friday, only 10 days after the game first dropped in stores. With this sort of news in the press, it's easy for see why invested in Star Wars: The Force Awakens would want to try and dial down the hype machine.
Still, when it comes to John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, or even J.J. Abrams – these guys are the new kids on the block. More importantly, they're the three new kids who've had their faces and names plastered all over in connection to the new Star Wars movie. They are effectively the public face of this film, and that's risky enough, considering the last time the franchise trotted out something new. With the specter of the prequels hanging high over everything that's followed their wretched path, being a part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a blessing, as well as a curse. Much like Schrodinger's Cat, the franchise that George built is in a neutral position, just waiting to fall to the light or dark side of expectations.
In any case, we hope that John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, J.J. Abrams, and the entire cast and crew from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will break a leg when the film opens to the public on December 18th. We've got a great feeling about this.