'Star Wars' star John Boyega says Disney used his race to market the movies then sidelined him

Ben Arnold
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Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.
Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in Star Wars: Episode IX. (Disney)

John Boyega has slated Disney for using his race to market Star Wars, before sidelining his character in the sequel movies.

In an interview with GQ magazine, the British star says that “all the nuance” was given to Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver's characters, while the likes of him and Kelly Marie Tran saw their characters diminished.

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“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver. You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f*** all,” he said.

Boyega and Tran in The Last Jedi (Credit: Disney)
John Boyega and Kellie Marie Tran in The Last Jedi. (Disney)

“So what do you want me to say? What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience...’ Nah, nah, nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience. They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything.”

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He went on: “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.”

In the first teaser for The Force Awakens, released in 2014, John Boyega's mutinous Stormtrooper, later given the name Finn, is the very first image on screen.

Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

However, as the plot of the new trilogy expanded over The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Boyega's character became increasingly extraneous, fans and critics noting that his storyline in The Last Jedi in particular was something of a narrative dead end.

Boyega hit headlines over the summer with his impassioned speech at the Black Lives Matter protests in London.

“Black lives have always mattered,” the London-born star told the crowd.

“We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.”