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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


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.

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.”

John Boyega responds to Star Wars fans on Instagram.
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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.

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars The Last Jedi.
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.”

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.


Disney cosplayer becomes enchanting princess Cinderella

Published: 21/Jan/2021 18:59 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 19:05

by Brent Koepp


A Disney cosplayer went viral on Instagram after enchanting viewers with her jaw-dropping take on beloved princess, Cinderella. 

One of the most iconic animated films of all time, Cinderella is still as influential as it was when it made its debut in 1950. The Disney adaptation brought a magical take on a classic fairytale and is often considered the best version of the story.

Prolific cosplayer ‘Anastasia Lion’ celebrated the beloved movie by bringing its princess protagonist to life with her insanely accurate costume. Her stunning re-creation of the heroine will be sure to leave fans in awe.

Screenshot of Cinderella transforming in Disney animation film.
The Disney princess is based off a classic folk tale.

Disney cosplayer becomes real life Cinderella

The fairy tale centers on Cinderella, who is mistreated by her wicked stepmother. Her fate changes, however, when her fairy godmother transforms her into a princess so that she can attend the Royal Ball.

Cosplayer Anastasia Lion made waves on social media when she shared her true-to-life take on the Disney heroine. The Russian-based artist faithfully re-created the character’s look from the beginning of the movie when she is a servant for her step-family.

Photographer ‘ph_mosienko’ brilliantly captured the moment, with their work bringing the animation’s visual style to life. Anastasia looks so much like the Disney princess, it’s almost as if she’s walked out of the screen.

In another stunning shot by Elizaveta, the cosplayer showed off her depiction of Cinderella’s flowing blue dress which she wears to the Royal Ball. The gorgeous stone pillars and flowing flowers in the background bring the whole piece together, as it truly looks like the princess is fleeing the event before midnight. 

Despite releasing over 70 years ago, Walt Disney’s enchanting take on the classic folk tale has become iconic in pop culture. Viewers around the world still love the film, and it’s popular in the cosplay community.

Those who have managed to never see the 1950 movie can watch its HD remaster on streaming services Disney+ and Amazon Prime. It is also available to purchase on all digital platforms.