John Boyega preferred Trevorrow’s Episode 9. Boyega has been pretty vocal about how he was not a fan of his character’s arc in The Rise of Skywalker. Who can blame him? Finn spent most of that movie shouting “Reyyyyyyy” and his Jedi abilities appearing from nowhere seemed poorly thought out.
There was of course another version of the script for Star Wars: Episode 9. A script from original director Colin Trevorrow. If you have not read Trevorrow’s script by now, why not? Some fans have commented that Trevorrow’s script for Duel of the Fates is superior to The Rise of Skywalker. I won’t argue with those fans, however in my opinion, that doesn’t mean it was a great script. Skywalker is that bad, it’s hard not to best it in my opinion.
One fan of that Duel of the Fates script was John Boyega. It’s not hard to see why Boyega prefers the character arc in Duel of the Fates to The Rise of the Skywalker. The actor recently spoke to Yahoo Entertainment and was asked about concept art that showed Finn as a leader of a Stormtrooper revolution.
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“I think Colin Trevorrow was going to tell that story,” Boyega says now, acknowledging that he’s seen — and loved — the unused concept art for Duel of the Fates. “That image of Finn with the blue flag, and you have the AT-ATs lined up with tribal marks, and the Stormtroopers take off their helmets. That would have been sick! That would have been dope, man, hands down.”
I don’t get the feeling that J.J. Abrams deliberately sidelined the character he created for Star Wars. Instead I feel like Abrams just did not know how to end the ‘Saga’. Therefore, the story Abrams came up with was far too convoluted and out of the blue that it left no time for Finn. I do feel for Boyega, he was part of three Star Wars movies which were simply made up as they went along, and his character suffered.
Whilst I feel that Finn’s arc was better in Duel of the Fates, that’s perhaps my limit. I still don’t think Duel of the Fates addressed its status as the climax of the Skywalker Saga. One of the main issues with the Star Wars sequel trilogy was Disney’s insistence that it be part of the ‘main saga’ . If this had been Episodes 1-3 of a new series then the third movie could have been far better. No one would have had to wrap up all nine episodes in a neat little bow. Unfortunately, the attempt to do so was one of Skywalker’s biggest failures.
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