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It's a very exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. We're just weeks away from the release of J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker, which will conclude the nine-film Skywalker Saga forever. Additionally, Disney+ is bringing live-action Star Wars TV to the masses, with The Mandalorian already breaking internet thanks to Baby Yoda. The new streaming service has the ability to greatly expand the galaxy far, far away. But it looks like John Boyega isn't interested in playing Finn on the small screen.
Finn is one of the three heroes of the current trilogy, starting The Force Awakens as a Stormtrooper who was too mortified by the fury of the First Order. The popularity of the franchise has made Boyega a household name, but it doesn't look like he's interested in continuing his signature character's journey on Disney+. When he was recently asked about this prospect he joked, saying:
Well, that's pretty cut and dry. It looks like John Boyega has no interest in joining the likes of Obi-Wan and The Mandalorian on Disney's new streaming service. But he might be interested in playing Finn on the big screen again, if his co-stars were interested.
John Boyega's comments to Variety might disappoint Star Wars fans who are excited about the narrative possibilities that Disney+ provides. While the future of the franchise's life on the big screen is a mystery, there's plenty of exciting content coming to The House of Mouse's new service. In addition to The Mandalorian, Ewan McGregor will star in his own series as Obi-Wan Kenobi. What's more, Diego Luna will reprise his Rogue One character Cassian Andor in yet another live-action show.
But we shouldn't expect Finn to pop up in one of these projects, or get his own series on Disney+. John Boyega wants to remain a movie character, and might be open to playing his character again in that way. Although he did admit in the same interview that he'd be down for another movie, given Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac joined him. But unfortunately, his co-stars don't seem interested.
Disney+ does have some great Star Wars content for subscribers, with all of the Skywalker Saga besides The Last Jedi streaming, in addition to The Mandalorian. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial.
The fame associated with the Star Wars franchise is intense, so it's been a whirlwind journey for John Boyega and his co-stars. And it looks like as a whole, they're looking forward to a break after The Rise of Skywalker finally hits theaters. After keeping the secrets of the franchise for so many years, it'll no doubt be a relief to finally relax. And if Boyega is going to ever return to the property, he wants to do it on the big screen. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
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