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John Boyega fires back at “toxic” Star Wars fans

Published: 22/Aug/2020 13:44 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:09

by Daniel Cleary

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British Actor John Boyega has hit out at “toxic Star Wars fans” after revealing that he has already moved on from his role as Finn in Disney’s popular franchise.

John Boyega has appeared as the lightsaber-wielding rogue Stormtrooper, Finn, in the final three sequels of the Skywalker saga, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rise of Skywalker.

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Despite his appearances, he previously revealed that he had no intention of returning to the role, following the release of the ninth movie, explaining that he has “more to offer than that.”

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John Boyega’s response to fans hoping for his return in the Star Wars Universe.

The Star Wars actor has also been quite critical of the trilogy in recent months, revealing to the Hollywood Reporter in April, that there were “disappointments” with the direction the series took after 2015’s Force Awakens release, “I will be honest in saying I think that they could have done better with it, especially with Finn and Rose.”

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John Boyega hits out at “toxic” Star Wars fans

However, on August 21, he shifted his focus and took aim at “toxic fans” of the Disney franchise, calling out those who are still criticizing online him over his role.

“Toxic Star Wars fans still find their way to my mentions. Lord. Must I be blunt? I don’t f*** with you no more,” he said.

The 28-year-old’s tweet received mixed reactions, with backlash pouring in from some Star Wars fans, while others praised him on speaking out against the hate.

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Boyega followed up on his statement, explaining that he was relieved to finally hit back at the toxic fans after ‘waiting so long.’

“Lord waited so long to tell the toxic fans to f*** off,” the Star Wars actor explained.

While it is clear that Boyega has no intention of returning to his role, one of his fellow actors, Adam Driver, has been rumored to return as Kylo Ren in a new Star Wars spinoff.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.