Why Star Wars’ John Boyega Is Glad J.J. Abrams Is Directing Episode IX

John Boyega Lightsaber The Force Awakens

The Star Wars franchise had a rough summer, as the Han Solo movie suffered a significant setback when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were removed (and replaced by Ron Howard) as the film's director. And the drama continued when Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow stepped down as the director of Episode IX. That development subsequently saw The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams return to the trilogy that he started, and as such, his chance to properly close out his story has John Boyega very excited. The Finn actor opened up at New York Comic-Con and explained:

I think what's fantastic is it feels like it's coming back full circle. I don't know nothing about the script, the story. I don't know where Finn's going, I don't know where Rey is going, but definitely I feel this is the war to end all wars in this movie. I'm interested to know how he will handle that. I'm asking so many questions and I haven't had a chance to sit kinda down and write J.J. a message just to say congratulations and I'm stoked. My fixation now is that he needs to get some SLEEP and GEAR UP because we're doing another one of these movies, mate! But I think he's gonna do a great job, as always. He's J.J.

So there you have it, John Boyega seems excited about the prospect of J.J. Abrams returning behind the camera for the next installment in the Star Wars series, because he can bring the franchise "full circle." As the man who created characters like Finn, Ray, Poe, and all of the rest, Abrams already has an understanding of who these characters are and where they should go.

The importance of John Boyega's call for J.J. Abrams to get some rest, per his comments to Comingsoon.net, is highlighted by the simple fact that The Force Awakens director is going to need it on this job. Rumors regarding the development of Episode IX have suggested that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was actually approached for the gig, but ultimately opted to decline because of the burnout from working on Episode VIII. Now that J.J. Abrams has had a couple of years to rest and recuperate from his work on Episode VII, he can immerse himself in the final installment in this new trilogy.

John Boyega will return as Finn in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017, and next year he will step into a Jaeger for Pacific Rim: Uprising on March 23, 2018. If you are looking for more information on all of the significant films set to debut this year, take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide and fill out your moviegoing calendars accordingly!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.