Boyega might be referring to any variety of issues right here — from being marketed as a real inheritor to the Skywalker legacy in The Pressure Awakens trailer after which having his involvement within the film minimized within the advertising for different elements of the world as a result of he’s Black to the best way he was relegated to facet character with the opposite actors of colour in The Last Jedi.
Boyega has been notably vocal up to now about his ideas on the trilogy’s center chapter. “I preferred the concept of those characters being challenged and separated and harassed, like everybody’s simply making an attempt to get to one another – that excited me,” he informed THR in 2019 whereas selling The Rise of Skywalker. “However I will likely be sincere in saying I believe that they might have carried out higher with it, particularly with Finn and Rose [Kelly Marie Tran].”
His emotions haven’t modified since then. Within the GQ interview, he factors out Disney’s failure to spotlight the trilogy’s characters of colour in any significant means.
“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” he stated of the best way the flicks explored Rey and Kylo Ren’s tales versus Rose, Finn, and Poe’s. “You knew what to do with these different folks, however when it got here to Kelly Marie Tran, when it got here to John Boyega, you understand fuck all. So what would you like me to say? What they need you to say is, ‘I loved being part of it. It was a fantastic expertise…’ Nah, nah, nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a fantastic expertise. They gave all of the nuance to Adam Driver, all of the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be sincere. Daisy is aware of this. Adam is aware of this. Everyone is aware of. I’m not exposing something.”
Certainly, by the top of the Sequel Trilogy, Finn is relegated to delivering humorous quips with solely a touch of a storyline that by no means coalesces and is generally tied to Rey anyway. Plainly Naomi Ackie’s character Jannah can solely exist as part of the saga as a result of she may be Lando Calrissian’s daughter. Oscar Isaac’s Poe is revealed to have been a drug smuggler at one level in his life, a harmful stereotype usually lodged at Latinx folks (this Colombian author is aware of). Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose by no means even will get to depart the Resistance base.