Back before we all knew him as Finn, the former stormtrooper was named FN-2187. I had never really given much thought as to why he may have had that specific alphanumeric code, but as it turns out, it comes from a place of coolness. Which happens to harken back to the original Star Wars trilogy.
Remember at the front of A New Hope when Leia was yet to be rescued by a short-than-average stormtrooper? Well, the cell she was occupying at the time, happens to be cell 2187. And that’s not all, the plot thickens as the number is also a reference to a short film by the Canadian Film Board that is guilty of inspiring George Lucas. You can check out the tweet below from the official Marvel Studios Twitter account.
Finn’s stormtrooper number was FN-2187. The # is a homage to cell 2187 located in detention block AA-23 on the Death Star, the cell of Princess Leia in A New Hope. Cell 2187 from ANH is a ref. to “21-87” a National Film Board of Canada short that inspired a young George Lucas. pic.twitter.com/dBdY0kZ7nW
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 10, 2020
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These little references are always cool to find. Not as cool as say Cornelius “I don’t like you either” Evazan showing up in Rogue One but I nice little nod to fans of the original trilogy for sure. This is also a good bit of trivia, the type of thing you could test your nerdy friends’ knowledge with.
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Source: Marvel Studios