John Boyega on returning to ‘Star Wars’ one day: ‘I’m fine’

Reserved, busy and Happily earthbound at the moment, John Boyega has no plans to return to a galaxy far, far away anytime soon.

The actor, whose role as Finn in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy propelled him to stardom, has taken issue with the blockbuster franchise, and for good reason given the years he spent dealing with racist trolls who harassed him relentlessly online. .

“At this point I am calm. I’m fine,” Boyega said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang.” “I think Finn is at a good confirmation point where you can enjoy him in other things, the games, the animation. But I feel like[Episode] VII’ to ‘[Episode] IX’ was good for me.”

Instead, the star is looking for “versatility” when it comes to her movie roles, which include the recently released drama “Breaking” and the upcoming historical epic “The Woman King.”

“To be fair, [with] the allies that I’ve found within Joel Taylor and Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis, all of these people that I’ve been working with…versatility is my path.”

But Boyega isn’t holding on to resentment, sharing that he’s “at peace” given how Disney recently handled the racist backlash against actor Moses Ingram for his role in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

“The fact that Moses Ingram is protected makes me feel protected. He makes me feel like, ‘OK, great. I’m not the elephant in the room,'” the actor continued, noting that, when he first joined the franchise, the studio was “silent” on conversations about race.

Ewan McGregor, the star and executive producer of the recent Disney+ series, strongly condemned the racist online attacks directed at Ingram, which he said “broke my heart” and “made me sick to my stomach.”

For Boyega, McGregor’s reaction and Disney’s response in general “serves my time where I didn’t get support.”

“For me, seeing other people accepted and at the same time seeing that the studios are now like, ‘OK, great. This is not an elephant in the room conversation. We need to support our black client.’ It’s fantastic,” she said.

After his final performance in the trilogy’s polarizing conclusion, “The Rise of Skywalker,” Boyega candidly shared his frustrations over the treatment of his character in a 2020 GQ interview. The British actor said he wasn’t “exposing anything.” by clearly stating that Finn was “left out” while the white characters played by Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver were given all the “nuance”.

“What I would say to Disney is don’t bring up a black character, market it to be much more important in the franchise than it is and then put it aside,” he told the outlet. “It’s not good. I’ll say it straight.”

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