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John Boyega teases hairier Star Wars: Episode IX look, but what does it mean?

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Sep 25, 2019, 12:51 PM EDT (Updated)

Will J.J. Abrams fast-forward the timeline to close out the Skywalker saga when Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters late next year? We don’t know, but it at least sounds like a possibility after John Boyega’s latest comments about gearing up for the film’s upcoming shoot.

While attending a recent sponsor event in Britain, Boyega mysteriously hinted that Finn may look shaggier when next we see him in the Star Wars universe, telling the British press that he’s letting his hair grow out ahead of showing up on set to begin filming, and teasing fans that they’ll see what it all means.

“I can’t wait to start shooting the next and final leg of the franchise,” Boyega said, via Ireland’s “The first step is growing out my hair, so you can wait for the trailer to see why.”

Even in a galaxy far, far away, it takes time for hair to grow, and the longer the hair, the safer it is to assume the more time has elapsed. So perhaps it’s reasonable to expect that at least some of Episode IX may take place in a future rather distant from the closing events of The Last Jedi, which itself picked up pretty much right where The Force Awakens left off.

Armed only with Boyega’s brief remarks, we’re tempted to let our imaginations run a bit. But considering his tease that we’ll just have to wait for a trailer to see what his new ‘do is all about, it may be safe to bet it involves an interesting plot point or two.

Maybe we’re going out on a limb here, but if the clean-cut Boyega appears in early set candids looking like a walking carpet, it would invite all kinds of speculation: will he be stranded and abandoned? Will he reemerge as a seasoned, path-walking badass who’s grown his hair out as some sort of statement? Will he just lose the will to hang in there (as he briefly did in The Force Awakens) and let himself go? Or has the erstwhile Stormtrooper been captured and imprisoned by a (Phasma-less) First Order bent on payback?

Boyega already revealed in early April that Finn and Rey (Daisy Ridley) would spend more time together in Episode IX than Rian Johnson allowed them in The Last Jedi. And if that’s the case, then as Finn goes, so, to some extent, goes Rey, presumably.

A lot of hair can grow in a year and a half, which is roughly when the final Skywalker movie will wrap. Now all we have to do is sit back and wait for Ridley to drop a hint or two about how she’s tweaking her own appearance as production ramps up. Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to release Dec. 20, 2019. Will you Finn fans be letting your hair grow out till then?

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