John Boyega made waves last fall when he complained about the treatment of actors and characters of color in the latest Star Wars movies.
The British GQ interview predictably circulated around the globe, especially considering the trilogy that made Boyega a star – 2015’s The Force Awakens, 2017’s The Last Jedi and 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker – had generally been viewed as making progressive leaps in the Star Wars universe by casting a woman (Daisy Ridley), Latino man (Oscar Isaac) and Black man (Boyega) as its three leads. Boyega, though, made it known he felt marginalized in the role of Finn, the stormtrooper-turned-Rebel Alliance fighter who’s never quite front-and-center — or nuanced a character — as Rey (Ridley) or central villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
“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. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up,” he told the magazine, also bemoaning the treatment of Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico.