Fans have been asking about the origins of Rey ever since The Force Awakens was released in 2015. But what about Finn? That's something we're going to explore in The Rise of Skywalker, assures director J.J. Abrams. Given that this has been billed as the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, this will truly be our last chance to explore these characters, on the big screen anyway. As such, it's important that we learn a bit more about our heroes, which is something Abrams is well aware of.
Both Daisy Ridley and J.J. Abrams have promised we'll learn more about Rey in Episode IX, so that isn't as much of a concern. But John Beyega's Finn has been a bit more of a question mark, as we know virtually nothing about his origins. However, in a recent interview, Abrams addressed Finn's past, saying it will be part of the movie.
"It is part of the story of this one. And it was alluded to in Episode VII, but there's a bit more light shed on that in this one."
In The Force Awakens, we first meet Finn, or FN-2187, as a stormtrooper within the First Order. Following a deadly raid on a village, he decides to escape the clutches of the First Order by setting Poe free. The two escape to Jakku, Poe gives him the nickname Finn and the rest is Star Wars history. All Finn reveals is that he was enlisted in the First Order when he was a child, and that FN-2187 was the only name they ever gave him. At least with Rey, we know she was left on Jakku by her parents and that she lived as a junker. Speaking a bit further, J.J. Abrams explains that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will shed some light on all of the main characters, not just Finn and Rey.
"I would say that each of the characters get more light shed on their histories. I'm not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are. But there are a lot of questions about Finn's past, about Poe's past, obviously Rey and Kylo, and then some of the new characters we meet."
Much speculation was made about Rey's origins ahead of The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson chose not to answer specific questions fans had, and the answers he did provide proved to be divisive. But that was a middle chapter in the trilogy. As Abrams explains, since this is the final chapter, things are different.
"We went into this movie very much in the mindset that this has to be conclusive. It has to. You have to get some answers. You have to learn some things."
Indeed, this movie has a lot to accomplish. Not only does it have to provide a satisfying conclusion to this Star Wars trilogy, but it's the end of the saga that was started more than 40 years ago by George Lucas. We'll see if J.J. Abrams can pull it off when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20. This news comes to us via Vanity Fair.