John Boyega Is Done With Star Wars, Says ‘I’m Good Off It’

John Boyega played Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, spanning from The Force Awakens in 2015 to The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. However, it seems that was enough for the actor, who says he has no interest in returning to a galaxy far, far away. Boyega noted in the past he would return to Star Wars under a few conditions, however, it seems the actor changed his mind. During an interview on SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang, Boyega discussed his time with the franchise and the chances of returning for a future installment of Star Wars. However, he says, “at this point I’m cool off it. I’m good off it.”

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“At this point I’m cool off it. I’m good off it. 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 [Episode] VII to [Episode] IX was good for me. To be fair, [with] the allies that I’ve found with Joel Taylor and Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis, all these people I’ve been working with… versatility is my path.”

Boyega is clearly taking a different direction with his career going forward. His next film is Breaking, a movie following the true story of Brian Brown-Easley, a marine war veteran who makes a costly choice while reintegrating back into civilian life. Breaking is helmed by Abi Damaris Corbin, marking her first time directing a feature film. The following month Boyega stars in The Woman King alongside Viola Davis. The film is a historical epic inspired by true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Boyega Cites Racism as a Reason for Leaving the Star Wars Franchise

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Following the premiere of the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, a spotlight was put on the Star Wars fandom and the racism Moses Ingram experienced. She wouldn’t be the first actor to receive backlash for her role, with Boyega going through something similar. The actor tells SiriusXM, “Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected.”

“Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected. Do you understand what I’m saying? It makes me feel like, ‘Okay, cool. I am not the elephant in the room.’ Because when I started, it wasn’t really a conversation you could bring up. You know how they went through it. It was kind of like, let’s just be silent. It wasn’t a conversation you could bring up. But now to see how blatant it is, to see Ewan McGregor come and support… for me, [it] fulfills my time where I didn’t get the support.”

Unfortunately, times were different for Boyega when he was cast in 2015, and actors weren’t as outspoken about their mistreatment within a massive, blockbuster franchise like Star Wars. Luckily, things are beginning to change following the support Moses Ingram received after Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hopefully, the universe, home to millions of species, is more accepting of people of color.