Did The New Star Wars Films Mishandle Their Diverse Characters?

John Boyega was very forthcoming about his feelings concerning his Star Wars character. Was he right?



John Boyega is one of many upcoming actors in Hollywood. Not just a talented actor, he is actively involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and a strong defender of diversity, equality, and social justice.


In a recent GQ interview, actor John Boyega, best known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, candidly expressed his views about the treatment of his character in the feature films.


Regarding his involvement in the Star Wars films, he said in his recent GQ interview:


“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] 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.”


Boyega commented further regarding what he considers the mishandling of certain characters...


“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” he says. “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 [expletive] all. 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.”


You can read the full interview here.


Clearly, John Boyega isn't shy when it comes to expressing his feelings about Star Wars.


As a huge Star Wars fan, I was a bit disappointed that Finn didn't get more character development in the sequel trilogy. I thought he was one of the more interesting new characters in The Force Awakens, but not much was really done with his character after that initial film.


What do you guys think? Do you agree with Boyega? Were the new diverse Star Wars characters given a raw deal? Should they have been handled differently? Let me know in the comments section...