Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams says Finn’s origin will be addressed in the film.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Abrams assured fans that Finn’s story does indeed receive more attention in Episode IX— enough to give audiences a better idea of who he is as a character.
The director stated, “It is part of the story of this one… And it was alluded to in Episode VII, but there’s a bit more light shed on that in this one.” He went on to explain that Rey and Poe would be explored as well, though he clarified, “I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods… But there are a lot of questions about Finn’s past, about Poe’s past, obviously Rey and Kylo, and then some of the new characters we meet.”
The Force Awakens makes a point to mention Finn had no prior incidents of “non-conformity” before the movie’s events, and General Hux tells Kylo Ren his stormtroopers are programmed from birth to serve. With that in mind, it was curious why Finn had such a change of heart and left the First Order behind. Some viewers assumed there had to be more to the story, and it sounds like The Rise of Skywalker is going to have some revelations about the former FN-2187.
It certainly seems to match what actor John Boyega evidently wanted for Finn after The Last Jedi. It was recently reported that Boyega sought to have his character developed beyond the “comedic goofy dude who never gets stuff done.” Exploring what is likely to be a dark backstory, seems like a good way to do just that.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives on Dec. 20.