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John Boyega in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It hasn't even been two and a half years since the Star Wars film franchise relaunched in 2015 with The Force Awakens, but already our gazes are turned to Episode IX, the conclusion of the current trilogy. With The Last Jedi having only come out four months ago and Solo: A Star Wars Story arriving later this month, it will be a while until we start learning specific plot details about Episode IX. However, John Boyega has revealed that the next time we see Finn back on the big screen, he'll be rocking a longer hairdo. As Boyega put it:

I can't wait to start shooting the next and final leg of the franchise. The first step is growing out my hair, so you can wait for the trailer to see why.

Having recently finished promoting his latest movie, Pacific Rim Uprising, John Boyega is preparing for the Star Wars: Episode IX shoot in July. We knew that preparation would include bulking up, but as Boyega mentioned while speaking with Yahoo, he'll also be growing out his hair, meaning we're done with the short trim he had in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. This suggests that unlike The Last Jedi, which began only moments after The Force Awakens ended, a significant amount of time will be passed when Episode IX begins. It could just be a few months, although I'm hoping there will be at least a few years of distance between The Last Jedi and Episode IX, thus allowing Finn and the other main characters to have further developed.

At the end of The Last Jedi, most of The Resistance had been wiped out by The First Order, but thanks to Luke Skywalker distracting Kylo Ren, the remaining survivors were able to escape Crait aboard the Millennium Falcon. Finn nearly wasn't part of that group, as he tried to take out The First Order's giant cannon in a suicide run, only to be stopped by Rose Tico, who wisely pointed out that they won't win this war fighting what they hate, but saving what they love. Hopefully Finn will continue heeding these words as The Resistance slowly builds back its numbers and starts taking the fight to The First Order again. Whatever is in store for out heroes in Episode IX, the long hair will help with distinguishing the older and more experienced Finn from who we've watched over the last two main Star Wars movies.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about that movie and the rest of the Star Wars franchise. In the meantime, browse through our 2018 release schedule to learn what movies are coming out later this year.