Finn may not have become a Jedi in the Star Wars movies, but this gorgeous fan art shows what John Boyega’s reformed stormtrooper could have been.
Finn, the stormtrooper who became a rebel hero in the star wars sequel trilogy, never became an on-screen Jedi despite what many expected for his future. A fan rectified that, painting Finn as a noble Jedi knight in full dress.
The artwork, originally shared on Twitter by artist Andres Bellorin in January 2021, has once again made the rounds and shown just how much the fandom still appreciates the breakout character. It features a realistic portrayal of Finn actor John Boyega wielding a green lightsaber and wrapped in a royal purple cowl. Bellorin captioned the image saying: “I thought my man John Boyega deserved a lot more character development in the sequel trilogy and since they already showed Finn as a force user anyway, here’s my concept/Fan Art of Jedi Master Finn.”
I thought my man @JohnBoyega deserved a lot more character development in the sequel trilogy and since they already showed Finn as a force user anyway, here’s my concept/Fan Art of Jedi Master Finn. pic.twitter.com/TsfE3L86hN
— Andres Bellorin (@AndresBellorin1) January 15, 2021
Boyega made his first appearance as Finn in 2015 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which launched the trilogy that served as the sequel to the original Star Wars films. A stormtrooper who was never given a name beyond the identification code FN-2187, Finn befriended pilot Poe Dameron and then Rey, securing his loyalty to the Rebel Army. Promotion for the film included a scene in which Finn wields a lightsaber, leading many fans to believe he would be training to become a Jedi.
Instead, the trilogy focused on Rey’s Jedi training under Luke Skywalker, while Finn was sent down a different path. In the third movie, The Rise of Skywalker, Finn was revealed to be Force-sensitive, but there was no indication of how this would shape his life in the future. Boyega himself has expressed frustration with his role and strongly criticized Disney’s treatment of actors of color in Star Wars: “…What I would say to Disney is don’t bring out a black character, market them as much more important in the franchise than they are, and then push them aside. That is not good.”
Boyega also described the original plans for Episode IX, pointing out that he would have played a bigger role and led a revolution of ex-stormtroopers. Whether or not that prevented his Jedi Master legacy, it’s clear that fans are still interested in other possibilities for Finn’s story.
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