Every time Finn or Rey caught up with a fellow member of the Resistance in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, it seemed their first breathless question was always “Where’s Finn?” or Where’s Rey?” But after spending the entirety of TLJ separated — at least, until Rey’s rocks-lifting rescue on Crait at the very end — we’re getting an early assurance from John Boyega (Finn) that Star Wars: Episode IX will be different.
Speaking at Awesome Con this past weekend in Washington, D.C., Boyega said he got that news straight from Daisy Ridley (Rey), who’d gotten it from Episode IX director J.J. Abrams himself.
“I haven’t read the script for Episode IX,” Boyega said, via /Film. “But Daisy did shoot me a text saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I just heard from J.J., and we’re back together.’ That’s what I’m really excited about, is Finn and Rey back together again.”
Abrams introduced Rey and Finn in The Force Awakens, pairing the two in an adversarial meet-cute on Rey’s home planet of Jakku. The setup found Rey increasingly disgusted with Finn’s chivalrous concern for her safety as they fled the First Order’s pursuit away from the desert planet and straight into the dubious care of Han Solo and Chewie.
Over the course of The Force Awakens, the two developed a lasting bond, working their way through self-doubt (Finn’s decision to flee; Rey’s encounter with her past in Maz Kanata’s castle) and a two-part lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren that separated the pair and took Finn out of commission until the start of The Last Jedi.
Rey’s sojourn with Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To island, as well as her visit with Snoke and Kylo, kept her far from the action for most of The Last Jedi until she and Chewie made their way to Crait on the Millennium Falcon — just in time to distract the First Order’s battering-ram assault and rescue the tattered remnants of the Resistance. Reunited at the very end of the movie, each of them had been through changes: Finn had forged a new, deep bond with Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), while Rey (who’d never left Jakku until she met Finn in The Force Awakens) had seen much, and learned even more.
As you can probably tell from Boyega’s confession that he hasn’t yet read the script, development on Episode IX is just getting cranked up. We’ve still got quite a wait ahead: Abrams’ Skywalker saga-ending chapter in the Star Wars universe is slated for a December 20, 2019, release.