John Boyega has stated that he will not return to the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
As Finn in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, John Boyega became an international breakout star. However, the actor, who is set to appear in the upcoming films “Breaking” and “The Woman King,” has expressed no desire to return to the galactic franchise.
“At this point, I’m taking it easy. “I’m fine,” Boyega stated on SiriusXM’s “Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang.” “I think Finn has reached a point where you can just enjoy him in other things, like games and animation.” But I think the transition from ‘[Episode] VII’ to ‘[Episode] IX’ was beneficial to me.”
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“To be fair, [with] the allies I’ve found in Joel Taylor and Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis, all these people I’ve been working with… versatility is my path,” Boyega added.
Boyega also spoke about his encounters with racism in the “Star Wars” fandom, an issue that “Obi-Wan Kenobi” star Moses Ingram addressed earlier this year. Disney and Obi-Wan himself, Ewan McGregor, publicly defended Ingram and condemned the racist backlash she was receiving.
“Seeing Moses Ingram protected makes me feel safe.” Do you follow what I’m saying? It makes me think, ‘OK, cool.’ ‘I am not the room’s elephant.’ “Because when I first started, it wasn’t really a conversation you could have,” Boyega explained. “You know how they dealt with it. It was almost as if they were saying, “Let’s just be silent.” It wasn’t something you could bring up. But now, seeing how obvious it is, seeing Ewan McGregor come and support… for me, [it] fulfils a time when I didn’t get support.”
“It doesn’t make me bitter at all,” Boyega continued. It makes me feel like you’re that guy at times. And it was something my father taught me. Sometimes you’re not the guy who gets the blessing, and sometimes you’re Moses, leading the people to the mountain but seeing the destination. You don’t get in, but you can get others in. And that is where you find happiness. And seeing other people accepted, and then seeing that the studios are now like, ‘Okay, cool.’ This isn’t an elephant in the room discussion. We must assist our Black client.’ It’s amazing.”