Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a box office blockbuster and a cultural phenomenon ever since its release on December 18. The long-awaited sci-fi adventure has earned a record-shattering $930.7 million domestically and $2.05 billion worldwide, with the follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII currently in production at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Star Wars: The Force Awakens turned John Boyega into a household name, and thankfully, he's using his new fame for good, with the actor recently paying a visit to some sick children in London over the weekend. Here's what the actor had to say about his visit to the Royal London hospital on his Instagram page.
"This little Stormtrooper Daniel had a wonderful wish after seeing The Force Awakens. Daniel currently lives with a brain tumour and rather than having Finn to himself he wanted Finn to meet the kids at the Royal London hospital and give them some toys. I stayed in character while I was with this brave boy asking him what a car was. He taught Finn about everything earth related! Really thankful for the opportunity this child granted me and I'm just humbled! I hope I played a little part in making you smile young stormtrooper."
The actor dressed up in his now-iconic Finn costume, meeting with this five-year old named Daniel Bell, and handing out toys to a number of kids in the hospital. He also shared another photo where he's seen walking through the hospital halls with Daniel and another youngster named Layla, who asked where Finn's friend Rey (Daisy Ridley) was. John Boyega shared a heartwarming exchange between himself and Layla during their visit.
"Layla: Finn where's Rey? Finn: I don't know, I got beat by kylo and I can't remember anything. Layla: okay I'll be your Rey today. Okay? Finn: okay! Lead the way."
John Boyega's hospital trip comes just a few weeks after Dwayne Johnson invited a sick fan to visit the set of Baywatch when production moves to Savannah, Georgia. Last year we reported on a number of stars who put their celebrity to good use, such as Robert Downey Jr. presenting a custom prosthetic arm for a young fan, and making another sick child an honorary Avenger. Chris Evans and Chris Pratt also made good on a Super Bowl bet, where each actor visited children's hospitals in Seattle and Boston as their respective Marvel characters.
While we don't know how long Star Wars: Episode VIII will be in production for at Pinewood Studios, Disney and LucasFilm have set a December 15, 2017 release date for this highly-anticipated sequel. The studios will also launch their first stand alone adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in theaters this December. While we wait for more on Star Wars: Episode VIII, check out the photos from John Boyega's visit to the Royal London hospital over the weekend.
This little stormtrooper Daniel had a wonderful wish after seeing the force awakens. Daniel thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EXS6B168Jr— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 14, 2016