Colin Trevorrow’s scrapped ‘Duel Of The Fates‘ would have seen Finn instigate an insurrection on Coruscant
With the Skywalker saga now complete, and the franchise set to embark on a bold, new direction – details about Colin Trevorrow’s original vision of ‘Episode IX’ have come to light and they have revealed a very different finale to the one envisioned by J.J Abrams in The Rise Of Skywalker.
Assumed to be titled ‘Duel Of The Fates‘, Trevorrow’s closing act would have seen many characters branching off in different directions with multiple storylines coming into play. The most notable of the alternative storylines has revealed a far more bold final act for John Boyega‘s Finn. The former Stormtrooper’s story arc would have come full circle and find him leading an insurrection against the First Order on Coruscant.
While speaking with Yahoo, Boyega responded to Finn’s scrapped heroic finale and wasn’t shy about his reactions:
“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.”
When asked about Disney’s handling of characters played by people of color, Boyega didn’t bite his tongue. He said: “What I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side,” Boyega said. “It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”
Boyega also hinted that his character was stripped of all “heroic” moments in The Rise Of Skywalker which seriously underplayed Finn’s impact: “I felt it was important for me to talk about a truth that is embarrassing to talk about. We all know that what makes roles so lucrative [are] the moments you give them. If Captain America isn’t given the scenes to boost his representation, and to make him enjoyable for you guys, we won’t think he’s cool. Why shouldn’t Black characters and Black actors also fight for that same kind of representation? I think it’s a done deal with that”
Given Boyega’s time in the galaxy far, far away has come to a close, it’s a shame to hear him reflect on his time as Finn with such disappointment. However, he isn’t opposed to returning to breathe new life into Finn should the opportunity arise. He continued: “I’m a Mandalorian fan, so Lucasfilm is doing very well with the TV shows,” Boyega said. “An animated show would be dope! We could do it from home.”
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