Treverrow left the project due to alleged creative differences with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and J.J. Abrams, who kicked off the StarWars sequel trilogy with 2015’s “The Force Awakens” was hired back on to create 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” with a brand new script.
However, in 2020, the first draft of “Duel of the Fates” leaked online, with many who were disappointed in Abrams’ vision declaring that it was a superior script to what fans had seen, with John Boyega’s character of Finn getting a much larger role. Although the “Pacific Rim: Uprising” actor is excited by many of the ideas that have been presented in the leaked draft, he confessed that he still has no plans to read it.
‘Star Wars’ Star John Boyega Says He Would Be ‘Heartbroken’ To Read Leaked ‘Duel of the Fates’ Script
In a recent appearance on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast (via The Playlist), Boyega said that he would be “heartbroken” to read the script, adding that his meeting with the director was one of the best meetings that he had while he was working on the Disney franchise.
“I can’t read that one because I’d be heartbroken,” Boyega said. “I was… I had a sit down with Colin, and I gotta tell you that was one of the best ‘Star Wars’ meetings I’ve ever had because it felt like two nerds who were like, ‘Yesssss! That’s what we want to see!’”
Although he won’t read the script, the “Attack the Block” actor admitted to seeing the concept art, which got him excited about many elements in the script itself. “Stormtrooper rebellion, I’m like… that stuff was cool, and hopefully Lucasfilm will give him an opportunity down the line to work on something else cause I’m sure they would love to collaborate with him again in any capacity,” he said.
Although he previously said that he didn’t want to play the character of Finn anymore, he’s open to the character popping up elsewhere in the franchise. “Who knows if somewhere down the line they have a younger actor or whatever, and they try and expand on Finn?” he speculated during the podcast. “Who knows if we get that: we get to see what made him so special.”
John Boyega Says That He Is DONE Playing Finn In A Galaxy Far, Far Away
The 30-year-old British actor appeared on SiruisXM’s “Tell Me Everything With John Fuselsang” earlier this month to shut down the idea that he will ever return to a galaxy far, far away.
“At this point I’m cool off it. I’m good off it,” Boyega said during the podcast. “I think Finn is at a good confirmation point where you can just enjoy him in other things, the games, the animation. But I feel like ‘VII’ to ‘IX’ was good for me.”
At this point in his career, Boyega says that he has new “allies” that he chooses to align himself with. “To be fair, [with] the allies that I’ve found within Joel Taylor and Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis, all these people I’ve been working with… versatility is my path,” he added.
Boyega next appears in the indie drama, “Breaking,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is now appearing in select theaters.
Colin Trevorrow Is Still Glad That He Got To Work On ‘Star Wars’
In a previous interview with UPROXX, Trevorrow said that he was still “deeply satisfied” to have gotten the experience to work with Lucasfilm, even if they didn’t use his script.
“It was complicated,” he said of leaving the project. “But, honestly, I mean, since we’re talking now in 2022, I can say honestly I’m very grateful to [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] for recognizing that she and I were never going to make a movie that we were both proud of together.”
“And she’s been doing this for so long and she cares about me and I care about her and her family,” he continued. “And [producer] Frank [Marshall] and I are partners still.”
“I’m a part of this group of incredible filmmakers, so it was a complicated moment, but now, having been able to do this and really feeling like this is what … I’m glad I did this,” he added. “I’m deeply, deeply satisfied for having done this.”