“Disney used him”: Star Wars Fans Still Bitter Over John Boyega Exit as Disney Gears Up For Massive 2025 Lineup

John Boyega confirms he is never returning to the Star Wars franchise.

“Disney used him”: Star Wars Fans Still Bitter Over John Boyega Exit as Disney Gears Up For Massive 2025 Lineup

SUMMARY

  • John Boyega left the Star Wars franchise after receiving racist backlash from fans.
  • The actor revealed he had an honest conversation with Disney about the issue.
  • Amid the onslaught of future Star Wars movies, fans could not get over Boyega's exit.
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John Boyega rose to international fame after starring as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. With that popularity, he also faced a lot of racist backlash from fans, thus forcing him to leave the franchise and stay away from it for good.

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The actor is not the only one who experienced harassment from Star Wars fans as Kelly Marie Tran and Moses Ingram also became victims of racial slurs. Disney was very aware of this, and it seems there was no corresponding action from the company.

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John Boyega Is Never Coming Back To Star Wars

During an interview with SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang, actor John Boyega confirmed he is done with Star Wars and has no plans to go back ever again.

At this point, I’m cool off it. I’m good off it. I think Finn is at a good confirmation point where you can just enjoy him in other things, the games, the animation. But I feel like ‘[Episode] VII’ to ‘[Episode] IX’ was good for me.”

The Pacific Rim: Uprising actor received harassment from Star Wars fans following his appearance in the Skywalker trilogy. In fact, he told GQ that Disney should not exploit Black characters in their movies.

It’s so difficult to manoeuver. 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.”

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Boyega spoke with an executive at Disney after reaching out to him about the said harassment. The actor confessed he had a very transparent conversation with the Disney boss, as per his interview via The Hollywood Reporter:

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There was a lot of explaining on their end in terms of the way they saw things. They gave me a chance also to explain what my experience was like. I’d hope that me being so open with my career, at this stage, would help the next man, the guy that wants to be the assistant DOP, the guy that wants to be a producer. I hope that the conversation is not such a taboo or elephant in the room now, because someone just came and said it.”

Fans could not help but lament how Disney treated Boyega and his Star Wars character. Check out their reactions below:

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Interestingly, Boyega criticized the creative team behind the franchise. He revealed they knew how to work around Adam Driver’s and Daisy Ridley’s storylines, but they had no idea how to tackle it when it came to his and Kelly Marie Tran’s. Furthermore, the actor claimed this was a known fact by everyone.

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Upcoming Confirmed Star Wars Projects

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Last year at the Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm and Disney outlined their plans and revealed upcoming projects. At the moment, there’s the confirmed The Mandalorian & Grogu movie led by Jon Favreau and a sequel movie starring Daisy Ridley.

Moreover, Star Wars: The Acolyte and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew are both coming to Disney+ this 2024, while Andor Season 2 is expected to arrive in 2025. Other untitled projects coming from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Dave Filoni, and James Mangold were also announced.

Amid the onslaught of future Star Wars installments, fans will always remember how Disney treated the likes of John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, and Moses Ingram.

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.