How John Boyega Felt When He Learned Rey And Finn Split Up In The Last Jedi

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It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. With Disney now in charge of the property and alternating between main installments and standalone films, we should expect a new movie every year for the foreseeable future. Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just a week away from finally arriving in theaters, continuing the narrative established in The Force Awakens. While fans are thrilled to see the return of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, his tutelage of Rey will prevent she and Finn from sharing scenes together nearly as much as the first film. John Boyega recently addressed this, and his original trepidation from being separated from Daisy Ridley. He said:

It was horrible when I read the script for the first time and I wasn't with her. We auditioned together. We went through this whole experience together. To be split apart was scary for me. But then I understood that is something that we could draw from --- something that Finn really feels, and Rey really feels. And then I was like, 'Oh! Rian does know what he's doing.'

It looks like The Force, and the connection with Daisy Ridley, is strong with this one. It's touching to see how fond the two actors really are of each other, and it will no doubt translate to both of their performances in The Last Jedi.

John Boyega's comments to Variety show how close he and his co-star got while filming The Force Awakens. And it make sense; the duo were in the majority of their scenes together. Rey and Finn were thrown together when he crash landed on Jakku after defecting The First Order alongside Poe Dameron. They traveled through the galaxy together on the Millennium Falcon, getting themselves involved in The Resistance under the tutelage of Han Solo. But it looks like they'll be spending quite some time away from each other in the next film.

It also seems like the character Finn will be feeling similarly dismayed by the separation from Rey. John Boyega recently revealed that Finn's first line is Rey's name, a moment that was shown in one of the trailers. Finn will be waking up from a coma since his battle with Kylo Ren, and during that time Leia sent Rey to find her brother. With Finn going on an adventure with newcomer Rose Tico (and having a bit of an existential crisis), there doesn't seem like they'll be much time for the characters to reunite.

All will be revealed in just a week's time, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters December 15th-- you can pre-order your tickets here (opens in new tab). In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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 famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.