What Rian Johnson Wants For Finn In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Finn taking Rey's hand in The Force Awakens

As the summer months come to a close, we have the upcoming fall and winter movie premiers to look forward to. And no blockbuster is as highly anticipated as Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The upcoming sequel will once again move forward the tale of Luke Skywalker, and pick up at the crazypants cliffhanger from The Force Awakens. And while the generations of Star Wars fans are thrilled to see Luke and Rey train together, The Last Jedi also brings back beloved characters old and new, including the ex-Stormtrooper Finn. And now Rian Johnson has explained where he and actor John Boyega wanted to take the newcomer in his next adventure in a galaxy far, far away. He said:

We were on the same page. We wanted this to be the movie where his character strengthens --- not just by becoming a better-drawn character --- but by literally finding his strength and discovering what he believes in.

This statement, which comes to us from Variety, sounds super exciting. While Finn went on quite a journey in his first film, it should be interesting to see how he continues to develop his sense of self.

Finn lived the majority of his life as a Stormtrooper. Taken from his family as a child, Finn wasn't even granted the respect of a proper name. Instead he had a number, and was expected to follow orders without any thought to their morality. But when he saw the village of Tuanul massacred during the first scene in The Force Awakens, he realized he might not have actually been working for the good guys. It was this change of heart that saved both he and Poe Dameron, and helped keep the Resistance moving.

But when Finn wakes up in The Last Jedi, he'll notice that Rey had left him to find Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To. He doesn't have many personal relationships, so this might be a blow to his personal development. Luckily his buddy (and long rumored romantic interest) Poe is around. Plus, Finn will reportedly have quite the adventure with new character Rose Tico. Rose will likely mirror Finn's journey in some ways, as she's a Resistance member who works in maintenance who somehow gets involved in the greater battle against The First Order. They prove that even the least important person has the power to make a difference in the world, and I can't wait to see them stumble through their own mission.

It would also be interesting to see if Finn is tempted to return to The Dark Side. It looks like The Resistance still isn't doing all that well, and he may be encouraged to get on the winning side of the numbers. Hopefully Rose will help him curb these thought, and help him really step up in the battle against evil.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.