J.J. Abrams John Boyega Star Wars

Star Wars: BBC animation regales us with the story of how John Boyega learned he'd be in The Force Awakens

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Oct 28, 2018

Is Ken Burns not your cup of documentary tea? Okay, how about John Boyega narrating the story of how he learned that he'd be one of the main stars in the new Star Wars trilogy? Yeah, we knew that would interest you, and thanks to BBC Two we now have the full tale, told by the Finn actor himself.

Delivered via a mix of animation and face-to-face testimonial, Boyega said that he got an email from director/screenwriter J.J. Abrams asking to meet. Wanting to sound busy in order to impress the man, Boyega said he was at an art exhibition in Greenwich (London, not New York), despite actually chilling at home with a lady he was courting at the time.

He said he'd be able to slip away from the nonexistent exhibition and meet J.J. at a restaurant. When Boyega got there, he was expecting Abrams to be the bearer of bad news and attempted to convince the filmmaker/screenwriter/producer to give him just one more audition, not allowing Abrams to get a word in edgewise.

When Abrams was finally able to speak, he was able to inform Boyega that he was going to be the new star of Star Wars. The next day, Boyega got a call from The Force Awakens producers, telling him that he would begin training for the movie. It was at that moment that the actor knew his life was about to change forever.

Watch the entire story unfold below:

Last we saw of Finn, he had struck up a quasi-romantic relationship with Resistance mechanic turned fighter Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) in The Last Jedi. He attempted to sacrifice himself on Crait, trying to destroy the First Order's Death Star laser, but Rose bumped him out of the way at the last second. Thanks to the holographic efforts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the two were able to escape on the Millennium Falcon with the remaining members of the Resistance.

Finn will return in the final chapter of the new trilogy, the currently untitled Episode IX, which hits theaters on Dec. 20, 2019. Abrams returns to direct with a few new characters played by Keri Russell and Matt Smith.


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