As it heads into production, we keep hearing from the cast and crew that Star Wars: Episode VIII is going to be quite a bit more physical than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And star John Boyega is in training to get toned for his return as Finn. Today on his personal Twitter account, the actor showed off his workout routine, and just how in shape he really is. Earlier this year, he had this to say about his role.
"My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more."
While The Force Awakens strongly hinted that Rey was the next in line to become a Jedi, it sounds like John Boyega isn't ready to give up his lightsaber just yet. The young actor has not only been working out, he has also been practicing his fencing skills, which hint that he might be getting a lightsaber of his own in the next sequel. Or he'll be quite proficient in using that riot baton should he have to square off against Nines (aka TR-8R) again.
John Boyega also recently posted a photo of himself on his Instagram page, standing alongside his sister. He appears in his fencing uniform. He wears a hat that translates to 'Samurai', which is matched with Kendo shirt and gloves. Kendo is the sword-fighting style most commonly associated with the saga's lightsaber duels. Could Finn become a Jedi? Anything's possible.
No story details have been revealed for Star Wars: Episode VIII yet. When we last saw Finn, he had been struck down by Kylo Ren and was in critical condition. It's speculated that the next sequel will pick right back up with Rey visiting Luke Skywalker. Perhaps, in a nod to Luke Skywalker's recovery scenes at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, will get to see Finn recuperating from his injuries. Maybe the bacta tank will even make a return. What we do know about the story is that it will not be a lighthearted affair. Says John Boyega about the transforming tone of the movie.
"[We're] just starting work on 'Star Wars VIII,' the next film, so I'm back to keeping secrets again. It's great. Much darker, but we're very excited."
Rian Johnson is writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII. Production is set to begin next month, with the studio recently moving the release date from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Take a look at John Boyega's latest update as we await an official title for the movie, which should be announced sometime in the near future.