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Star Wars Actor John Boyega Finally Relents, Says $51.8 Billion Franchise Isn’t All Bad After Watching The Mandalorian: “Star Wars has made the man, in a sense”

Star Wars Actor John Boyega Finally Relents, Says $51.8 Billion Franchise Isn't All Bad After Watching The Mandalorian: “Star Wars has made the man, in a sense”

This is the way, indeed. After a disappointing run with Marvel over the past few years, Disney is turning on a new leaf with their Lucasfilm branch at the company. The Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, which kicked off the franchise’s streaming aspect of the business was the first to arrive at Disney+ and is still going strong, spearheading the next batch of heroes and martyrs into the future with clarity and vision.

John Boyega
John Boyega

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Lucasfilm Gets a Facelift at Disney; John Boyega Notices

The new era of cinema has weathered a lot of storms, ranging from inclusivity to tackling racism and censorship. And through it all, the industry has persisted. Even though it has yet to come out the other end of the tunnel, one of the incredible aspects is the ups and downs the audience has gotten to witness from the outside looking in. A part of that journey was witnessing the treatment parried out to John Boyega and then the defense of Moses Ingram.

The criticism and venomous rage that is felt under the scorching light of racism pushed Boyega away from the franchise to which he had once dedicated his love. And to top it all, the brutal wrecking ball that Disney took to the arc of Boyega’s Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy drove the final nail in the coffin for the actor.

John Boyega and Oscar Isaac in Rise of Skywalker
John Boyega and Oscar Isaac in Rise of Skywalker

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But with the change of pace and vision that came in the aftermath of the franchise blossoming under the banner of streaming, the actor has once again been receptive to Lucasfilm’s approach. And in his newfound appreciation for the things that have been going right for the galaxy far, far, away, he notices a certain Pedro Pascal-helmed series making headway into a bright future.

John Boyega Credits Disney’s Run With The Mandalorian

A new era of heroes has descended. And among them reside a monosyllabic Mandalorian whose arc has perhaps drawn the fandom to a frontier marked by hope. And one very dejected alum notices the same. In a recent interview with The Times of London, Boyega claims:

“For me, Star Wars has made the man, in a sense… The experiences, the fun times, good times, ugly times, bad times, it makes you who you are as you navigate through the industry, and that has definitely been interesting. I feel like the arc that JJ [Abrams] tried to tie up, that’s where I feel comfortable with the release of him. And since then I’ve been able to enjoy, as a fan, The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’m enjoying the balance of all things.”

The Mandalorian
(L-R): Grogu and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) in The Mandalorian

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Although it seems like a heavy weight has been lifted off of the fandom as the wrath of one of its most beloved characters begins to soften, the possibility of what-could’ve-been drives a stake through the heart. Lucasfilm’s approach with the sequel trilogy was the biggest embarrassment of all, and it was rightfully depicted through Boyega’s rage. 

Boyega finds hope, optimism, and light at the end of the tunnel. And yet, the thought persists: only if Finn’s character was done right by, the future could have looked so much better.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are now available for streaming on Disney+.

Source: Deadline

Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists