Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Finn Has A Troubled Past

Posted by August 11, 2017 Comment

Rey isn’t the only character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi with a mysterious past. John Boyega‘s former stormtrooper was taken as a child and raised as a soldier until he broke away from the First Order. Boyega and director Rian Johnson revealed in Entertainment Weekly that we’ll learn some more about Finn’s family this movie:

“Yeah, definitely. But it’s not explored in depth in Episode VIII. But he definitely has a past that is troubled. … I don’t know how all that’s going to play out.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Finn (John Boyega) in a Ski Speeder on Crait

It sounds like our complete backstory for Finn won’t be coming in this movie, but perhaps the next one. Boyega said:

“We will learn more about his past and where he came from, and potentially why he made the decision [to escape] that he made. I’m also very curious. The question that needs to be answered is why he decided to leave as a stormtrooper in the first place. We will find out just a little bit more about him.”

Thus far we have been assuming that the village assault was the reason that Finn left, but Boyega is implying that there was more to it than that. Johnson says that, (light spoilers) despite the fact that Finn and Rey are separated for most of the movie, they’re stories will run parallel to each other:

“The big thematic push and pull in the movie is the past and what role the past has in moving us forward into the future.”

At least we know there is going to be a Rey and Finn reunion at some point.

Summary: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It will be released on December 15th.

(Last Updated August 11, 2017 4:56 pm )

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