Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters in just a matter of weeks, which means the film's stars are already making the rounds on talk shows. Earlier this week Daisy Ridley showed up to play games on The Tonight Show, and Wednesday night it was John Boyega's turn. He didn't play games, but he did talk about the absence of one of the franchise's biggest stars: Harrison Ford.
Ford departed the Star Wars franchise when his character, ace pilot and scoundrel Han Solo, was (spoilers here for a two-year-old movie virtually everyone has seen by now) killed off in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega, like many of us, is a lifelong Ford fan, and he too wishes Solo was back in the sequel, as he told host Jimmy Fallon.
"It's a different change when you're coming on to the next movie and Harrison Ford is not there. Han Solo is not there. It's the reality of Han Solo's death, and it's just mad, but whenever I can see him it's great times."
Boyega in particular seemed to bond with Ford during the filming of The Force Awakens (they went out for Nigerian food together), and of all the cast members, he believes he was the one who fanboyed out the hardest when meeting him.
"Everybody else was really modest and kind and sincere, whereas I was just like 'Can I have a hug, please?'"
Boyega also did get around to talking just a little bit about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, specifically Finn's mental state upon returning to the world after being comatose at the end of the last film.
"Finn wakes up thinking he's still in Force Awakens, thinking he's still in the snowy forest with the fight with Kylo Ren. And the first word he says is 'Rey' when he wakes up, he still thinks he's in the action."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters December 15.