John Boyega on the Tone of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Working with Rian Johnson

Written By: Nick Poulimenakos

The summer blockbuster season is drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean that the movie scene is getting any less exciting. This December, arguably the most anticipated film of the year hits screens, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film will take place directly after Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will follow Luke Skywalker teaching his newest apprentice, Rey, on the ways of the force. While many fans are excitied to see Luke on screen again, The Last Jedi will also feature John Boyega’s Finn waking up from his coma and being sent on a dangerous mission. Now, Boyega is dishing out a few secrets on the upcoming sequel set in a galaxy far far away.

In an interview with Variety, Boyega spoke about the current state of the resistance.

“The Resistance isn’t in the best condition. Things are shaky.”

As Variety presses on, Boyega begins to discuss what the tone of The Last Jedi will be and the choices characters will be forced to make.

“It’s a chance for each character to decide what side they’re on and decide what they’re fighting for. It’s an epic dark story. At the same time it’s still fun. It’s still ‘Star Wars.”

An epically dark story that still maintains the fun that all Star Wars films have? Is it just me, or is Rian Johnson crafting one of the best Star Wars stories ever told? The conversation then moved to what Boyega was looking for when it came to Finn being in The Last Jedi and he discussed how him and director Rian Johnson were on the same page from the beginning.

“We were on the same page. We wanted this to be the movie where his character strengthens — not just by becoming a better-drawn character — but by literally finding his strength and discovering what he believes in.”

As expected, the interview turned to the untimely passing of actress Carrie Fisher as The Last Jedi marks her final role in cinema. Boyega says that the cast was hit hard when the news broke but goes on to promise that TLJ will pay homage to her legacy.

“Carrie Fisher means freedom. She influenced people to be authentic and say what you want, however you want. I’ll miss her energy. You were always going to hear Carrie Fisher somewhere saying something that she has no business saying, that makes everybody laugh.”

If I trust anyone to do Carrie Fisher justice, it’s Rian Johnson. Based on the teaser trailer alone, Johnson looks to be giving fans something different when it comes to Star Wars films but still keeping in line with the classic feel of it. Evidently, the film will be darker than The Force Awakens but will not be a carbon copy of another darker entry into the Star Wars series, The Empire Strikes Back. While fans were worried that a dark sequel meant that Lucasfilm was just going back to what they know, Johnson already eased the tension when he said that The Last Jedi will be its own film. Based on Boyega’s words, The Last Jedi is shaping up to be one of the year’s best films and my anticipation for it just went through the roof.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into theatres on December 15, 2017


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