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John Boyega says return to Star Wars could happen, but with a twist

Published: 22/Oct/2020 14:06

by Daniel Megarry

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Star Wars actor John Boyega has teased that he’s open to making a return to the blockbuster sci-fi franchise, but this time he wants to get animated.

The British actor first joined the galaxy far, far away as stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn in 2015’s The Force Awakens, although he has since voiced concerns that his character was “pushed to the side” as the sequel trilogy progressed.

In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, John revealed that he’s not completely closed off to revisiting his character for more stories in the future, but he’d forgo a big-screen appearance in favor of an animated TV format.

John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars
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John Boyega has previously criticized the handling of his Star Wars character Finn

“I’m a Mandalorian fan, so Lucasfilm are doing very, very well with the TV shows,” he said when discussing the potential for the franchise to explore Finn’s character more. “If they could do it on TV and do all that kind of stuff, man I’d love to watch it.”

Asked whether he himself would come back to portray Finn once again, he replied: “Well yeah! Animated would actually be dope. We could do it from home.”

John Boyega wanted Finn to have a bigger role in Star Wars

Leaks and concept art for Colin Trevorrow’s unfilmed Star Wars Episode IX script Duel of the Fates have suggested that Finn’s role as a rebellion leader would originally have been given a lot more focus, which is something John wanted to see happen.

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“That [concept] image of Finn with the blue flag, and the AT-ATs lined up with tribal marks, and the stormtroopers take off their helmets,” he said. “That would have been sick. That would have been dope man, hands down.”

John also addressed his recent headline-making comments about the Star Wars franchise, where he criticized the handling of his and Kelly Marie Tran’s characters and said Disney didn’t “know what to do” with them.

“I felt like it was important for me to talk about a truth that’s embarrassing to talk about,” he reflected. “We all know that what makes roles so lucrative [are] the moments you give them.

“If Captain America isn’t given the scenes to boost his representation, and to make him enjoyable for you guys, we won’t think he’s cool. So why shouldn’t black characters and black actors also fight for that same kind of representation?”

John’s next project Red, White and Blue – which forms part of Steve McQueen’s new anthology series Small Axe – is set to air on BBC One and Amazon later this year. It recently premiered at the New York Film Festival and received rave reviews.

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The Mandalorian director reveals why he wanted more Baby Yoda in show

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:08

by Emma Soteriou

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Baby Yoda was used to balance out the action-packed Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, according to one of the show’s directors.

The Mandalorian’s Carl Weathers didn’t make it a secret that he would be directing Chapter 12 of the show, sharing his excitement with fans online.

Now the episode has aired, the actor has spoken out about what it was like directing and starring in ‘The Siege’.

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Baby Yoda is a firm fan-favorite

Why The Mandalorian needs more Baby Yoda

Having only hit the screen in 2019, Baby Yoda has quickly become one of the most popular Star Wars characters to date, so why not use that to your advantage?

Well, Weathers did exactly that. In a conversation with Empire on their Spoiler Special Podcast, the actor said: “When I read the script, one of my comments was to ask John to put more of the Baby in there.”

Though no one could complain about more Baby Yoda content, there was a valid reason for Weathers making this decision, which he went on to explain.

Din Djairn, Cara Dune and Greef Karga
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Mando united with some old friends for a mission

“The journey that we’re on is fraught with danger and is very action-oriented, and there’s a lot of weapons-fire and bad guys going down and chases and all that good stuff…” he said.

“But there’s also the Baby. This gentler, softer, sweeter side that comes out of everyone who interacts with him. And that to me was just a wonderful balance.”

Though fans may not directly notice the difference when watching the episode, Baby Yoda’s presence breaks up what could otherwise be a very heavy chapter with big revelations.

Speaking about the challenges in creating the episode, Weathers also addressed the bomb that was dropped half way through: “The challenge for me as a director – and I’m certain the challenge for Jon as a writer-producer – was keeping people engaged, wanting to know what’s going to happen next.

“And when you find out what’s really involved here, you finally get to, ‘Oh man, this thing is much bigger than we thought.’”

That’s definitely how we felt watching Chapter 12 unfold. New episodes of The Mandalorian are available to stream on Disney Plus every Friday.