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There are many franchise-changing events that go down in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but none were more significant than the death of Han Solo. The character was not only one of the most beloved of all time by fans, saddened to see him go, but he also met a legitimately dramatic end at the hand of his own son, Kylo Ren. All the same, if you're expecting characters like Finn and Poe to spend a lot of time mourning in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you may be disappointed. John Boyega said earlier today,
Today saw the stars and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi assemble in Los Angeles for a press conference, and it was during the proceedings that the cast was asked about the impact of Han Solo's death in the film. Being blunt enough to inspire a laugh from the audience, Boyega explained that Finn doesn't really have much opportunity to think about the death of the legendary space pirate who he had only recently met. Not only is he recovering from the serious injuries he sustained at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he is also trying to save more lives by supporting the war effort of the Resistance.
Furthering that point was Oscar Isaac, who was sitting to John Boyega's right on stage. Admittedly there wasn't much of a relationship showcased between Poe Dameron and Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he did continue his co-star's point about how the film depicts life during wartime and the necessity not to dwell on any single death -- regardless of how significant the person. Furthermore, the Resistance apparently finds itself in serious trouble at the star of The Last Jedi's story, so time just isn't on their side for that. Said Isaac,
Unlike every other Star Wars sequel, The Last Jedi picks up in the moments following the end of The Force Awakens -- which is why we can confirm that the Resistance definitely isn't in good shape when Rian Johnson's movie starts. It's true that Poe Dameron and his crew of X-Wing pilots were able to successfully destroy the Starkiller Base, but The First Order remains as powerful as ever under the guidance of Supreme Leader Snoke. Given all of this happening, it makes sense that there just isn't the opportunity to grieve for Han Solo that fans might expect.
Daisy Ridley had a response of her own to the question, but her thoughts on the matter definitely ran contrary to what John Boyega and Oscar Isaac had to say. While Finn and Poe are both soldiers who are seasoned in war, Rey doesn't have that kind of background, and Ridley explained that she quickly latched on to Han Solo as an important figure in her life -- leaving her emotionally hurt by his sudden death. Said Ridley,
John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley all had to dance around spoilers in their responses to the question, but it won't be long until fans find out for themselves what kind of impact Han Solo's death has on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The newest chapter in the legendary sci-fi saga is almost upon us, with the film set to come out in theaters on December 15th -- and we'll have tons more from the movie's press days here on CinemaBlend for you in the coming weeks!