If true, John Boyega would be joining the likes of Ewan MacGregor and Mark Hamill, both appearing on Disney+ Star Wars shows playing their original film characters. But it’s a little surprising that Boyega would come back to a galaxy far, far away considering what he said previously.
Scum and Villainy
Boyega made some negative comments about Disney after The Rise of Skywalker was released, saying that his character, who was billed as a lead in The Force Awakens, ended up being marginalized and sidelined.
He later walked back some of his criticisms, saying that he would be willing to return if JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy were on board.
What I would say to Disney is do not bring out a Black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side.John Boyega to GQ
Boyega has also had some online confrontations with Star Wars fans, especially around the time that Kelly Marie Tran was bullied off of social platforms by trolls. “Lord. Must I be blunt? I don’t f— with you no more,” he tweeted, also saying that he had been looking forward to telling the “toxic fans to f— off.”
In addition, he mysteriously dropped out of a Netflix original Rebel Ridge, leaving the studio without a star for their $25 million productions. Given his record of speaking out — and, apparently, walking out — the most surprising thing here is that he and Disney are willing to give each other another chance.
But word on the street is that Boyega has already met with Lucasfilm to begin discussing the possibilities. Kathleen Kennedy in particular has shown great love for the new cast of characters highlighted in the sequels. She has mentioned before that she would love to continue telling stories about Finn, Rey, and Poe.
With the success of The Mandalorian and the much-hyped upcoming Obi-Wan series, it may have only been a matter of time before one of the “new big three” jumped ship from celluloid to streaming.
What We Know
There’s not a lot of information right now, and none of it can be verified. Before the success of Disney+, the continuation of the Star Wars universe was planned for cinemas. There were several movies and trilogies confirmed to be in development, and one of them was rumored to be a Finn story.
One possibility would be reworking the standalone movie script, said to be written by JD Dillard and Matt Owens, into a series. Another would be to focus on Colin Trevarrow’s original Episode IX script that featured Finn working from within the First Order to create a rebellion amongst the stormtroopers.
No matter the source material, it’s easy to see why Boyega could be convinced to lead a series playing a character that he felt was cheated out of the spotlight. Of course, Disney money sweetens the deal quite a bit, as well as the pedigree of Star Wars content on Disney+ looking to be heads above the much-maligned sequel trilogy.
JJ Abrams returning, however? That one I’m not sure I can swallow.