‘I’ve moved on’: John Boyega knocks backs calls for a potential Star Wars return - Dexerto
TV + Movies

John Boyega admits he’s “moved on” from Star Wars after sequel backlash

Published: 20/Jul/2020 7:27 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:56

by Isaac McIntyre

Share


John Boyega has said he’s already “moved on” from Star Wars, and suggested he has no plans to reprise his role as Finn again in the franchise, after admitting Disney “could have done better” with the saga’s ninth episode, The Rise of Skywalker.

London actor Boyega appeared as Finn in three consecutive Star Wars sequels, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rise of Skywalker. Since the conclusion of Disney’s new trilogy, he hasn’t been shy about sharing his mind on the three-film run either.

Advertisement

Boyega’s admission of moving on came after a Star Wars fan commented on a recent post on Instagram, calling for the UK star to appear in the franchise’s next movie “in action with a green lightsaber, dressed in black.”

“Lol, no thank you, I’ve moved on,” he replied. Boyega then returned to the replies soon after, when another fan suggested he “got those Disney bucks” and didn’t need the new Star Wars payday anymore. “Nope… not into playing one role for too long. I have more to offer than that. That’s all.”

Advertisement
John Boyega responds to Star Wars fans on Instagram.
Instagram: @johnboyega
John Boyega said he was “not into playing one role for too long” in reply to Star Wars fans.

The Star Wars star, who appeared in 2011’s Attack the Block before landing the Disney role in mid-2014, hasn’t held back in his criticism of the sequel trilogy since Rise of Skywalker’s run in cinemas ended late last year.

He admitted back in April there had been “disappointments” in the direction the series took following Force Awakens, and told Hollywood Reporter he thought Disney “could have done better with it, especially with Finn and Rose”. He did add, however, that it had been a “very fulfilling” role for him, even if he “won’t be coming back.”

Despite Boyega’s apparent disappointment in the sequel trilogy as a whole, he has been one of the leading voices against fan backlash directed at his co-stars. After Kelly Tran deleted her Instagram, he took aim at fans.

Advertisement
John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars The Last Jedi.
Lucasfilm
Boyega appeared as Rebel hero Finn in three blockbuster Star Wars movies between 2015 and 2019.

“If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters, understand there are decisions makers [sic] and harassing the actors/actresses will do nothing,” he said in a series of Twitter posts ahead of The Rise of Skywalker’s 2019 release.

“You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!” He later added most fans did “put themselves in our shoes”. It was important, he said, for them to have a good understanding “there is a process.”

Boyega’s next major project could be a sequel to the 2011 British flick Attack the Block. Just last month, the original movie’s director and writer Joe Cornish told the Script Apart podcast he had “met with John [Boyega] to talk about it.”

Advertisement

The Star Wars alumnus is also working on three new movies ⁠— Naked Singularity, Borderland, and Rebel Ridge ⁠— as well as a television series, Small Axe, according to IMDB. Boyega will also have a voice role in the next Lego Star Wars title.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

Share


Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

Advertisement

Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

Advertisement
Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
Legendary Entertainment
Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

Advertisement

Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
Reddit: GeordieGamerGuy
Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

Advertisement

Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

Advertisement

Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
Blizzard Entertainment
Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.