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UPDATE! John Boyega On Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX; Would Return to Star Wars if Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac Come Back

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    [​IMG] Leaked concept art for Duel of the Fates, Colin Trevorrow's unmade draft of Star Wars: Episode IX, showing Finn leading a Resistance uprising on Coruscant.

    Not long ago, John Boyega had indicated a desire to 'move on' from Star Wars and later criticized Disney over handling his character, Finn, following his reduced role in the Sequel Trilogy after The Force Awakens. However, it seems that Boyega is indeed open to revisiting his Star Wars role on television, particularly if it uses Colin Trevorrow's planned story arc for Finn as a basis for that story.





    Colin Trevorrow's story for his version of Star Wars Episode IX was... Something. Getting into its highs and lows of his Duel of the Fates script is probably worthy of an article in and of itself, but in short, Finn's story arc was seen as a high point. Originally, he was set to infiltrate First Order-occupied Coruscant alongside Rose in an attempt to get the Resistance's beacon to call the Galaxy to action. While they would both get captured and imprisoned, Finn would lead an insurrection of Stormtroopers to take to the streets and lead citizens in a mass uprising against the Sith Troopers, which would later get backup from Poe Dameron and Chewbacca, and the arrival of a fleet of allied forces led by Lando Calrissian. Some of these ideas were loosely adapted into The Rise of Skywalker, but the nature of the storyline focused on Rey, Finn, and Poe as a team meant that Finn couldn't be separated from the group to launch a Stormtrooper uprising, and instead it was shown that some Stormtroopers (like Jannah) had defected from the First Order, following his lead on Exegol as they faced off against Sith Troopers.



    However, nothing says that they can't be adapted to fit the setting after the events of that movie, since it stands to reason that the war with the First Order could continue for a certain amount of time after the Battle of Exegol. Furthermore, The Rise of Skywalker explored the idea that Finn had Force Sensitivity (thus giving him the potential to become one of the first of the New Jedi alongside Rey), an element that was not present in Trevorrow's script, which could be explored in a more character-focused narrative set after the events of the movie after not receiving a conventional pay-off in the film itself. In any case, it seems like John Boyega is a huge proponent of this idea. Recently, Yahoo! Entertainment got an opportunity to speak with John Boyega while he was promoting his new Amazon Prime show, Small Axe, where he talked about these ideas - along with the idea of returning to the Star Wars franchise on TV. Here's what he said:

    Boyega likened the story to Finn a 'Captain America' moment, likely referring to his now-famous scene in Avengers: Endgame where he gets to lead the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in a charge to save all of reality from Thanos, and said that it was important to give actors of color big moments like these. Although there were elements of the Duel of the Fates script that were problematic toward this development (Finn is basically turned into a slave before leading his uprising), the imagery that it would have led to certainly could have produced something inspiring to see on the big screen. All things considered, It'd still be inspiring even if it debuted on a smaller screen.



    [​IMG] More concept art from Duel of the Fates, showcasing the Coruscant Resistance commandeering First Order vehicles against their oppressors.

    Boyega's move to be suddenly more open to the idea of more Star Wars somewhat surprising, since it was only a few months ago that he told a fan not to expect a return to Star Wars. Heck, during the press tour for The Rise of Skywalker, he quickly shut down the idea of having a Disney+ series! Perhaps his most vocal expression of dissatisfaction with Disney and Lucasfilm surfaced in last month's interview with GQ, in which he explained that he was disappointed with how various characters played by actors of color were treated in the Sequel Trilogy:

    Adapting a story like the one in Duel of the Fates would also serve as a means to not only give Finn some of that same nuance afforded to Rey Skywalker and Ben Solo, and a climactic story arc that was missing from The Rise of Skywalker, but it would also give that same satisfaction to Rose Tico, a character whose total screentime was reduced to just over a minute in the theatrical release of that film (in spite of more scenes with her being filmed and cut in the editing room). To see an about-face from John Boyega at this point, after seemingly distancing himself from Star Wars, seems to suggest that we haven't seen the last of Finn, and it seems likely that we'll get an animated series involving the Sequel Trilogy characters (specifically the leads, as Star Wars Resistance doesn't quite count) eventually. Getting him back to voice Finn to adapt this part of an unmade screenplay would likely be a dream come true for a lot of fans, either in animation or live-action, and would provide Lucasfilm with an opportunity to do right by two of the Sequel Trilogy's leads.



    UPDATE!



    [​IMG] More Duel of the Fates concept art, showcasing Stormtroopers fighting against Coruscant citizens.

    While talking with Entertainment Tonight, John Boyega added that he's open to returning to Star Wars as long as he's not the only one returning. He emphasizes that he's not currently aware of what Disney and Lucasfilm's long-term plans are after the Sequel Trilogy's conclusion. Here's what he said:

    Of the two actors mentioned, Daisy Ridley has indicated more interest to return eventually, although she has noted that she feels that Rey's story has been sufficiently wrapped up for the time being. Oscar Isaac has been more apprehensive about returning and seems to be moving away from blockbusters for the time being (his role in Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake notwithstanding), although he joked with Deadline that he'd come back if he needed the money to buy a new house. Even if Isaac chose not to return, Boyega could always reunite with Kelly Marie Tran, who told Collider that she has interest in appearing as her character again if the story is right - and if they were to use Finn's arc in Duel of the Fates as an outline for a story set after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, then she would likely play a large role in that story.



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    I think adapting Duel of the Fates into a post-TROS storyline would be the best be. It'd feel a lot like the Shattered Empire comics post-ROTJ...man, that was one of the best four-shots in the early Disney Star Wars era.

    Replacing TROS with DOTF is out of the picture...although seeing that happen would be really interesting. I think Logan was the only time we've seen the outright denial of a previous storyline without an actual time-line related retcon... Anyways, Disney and Lucasfilm spent far too much money on TROS to recall it now, and it'd make little-to-no sense to do so.

    Hearing Boyega being open to coming back is awesome though! Overall, this is good news.
     
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    I never thought Boyega would not return. I got the impression that he wanted to do other things and was not interested in doing Disney Plus, but was certainly open to doing a film in the future. II honestly hope that if we get a X it's a 5-10 year jump ahead. And we get a new threat, I am fine if the Sith return, but I want to see a different type of villain, threat or conflict.
     
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    I would love this story line somehow adapted post TROS or into a D+ series......and I want Boyega and the crew back too....
     
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