Boyega hasn’t had many nice things to say about his time making Star Wars films since the Sequel Trilogy completed with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He has gone on record expressing his interest in what original The Rise of Skywalker director Colin Trevorrow’s version of Finn would’ve been, while also being critical of how characters were treated based on their race.
During a Q&A session for his upcoming film Small Axe, Boyega said acting in a big franchise can be like a “luxury jail” for actors:
“Being in a big franchise, it’s kind of like luxury jail sometimes for an actor when you want to do something else. Because remember, in a franchise you’re working on one character for many years, which can starve your other muscles.
Boyega expanded on his desire to play “a different type of man” and his curiosity of Small Axe director Steve McQueen’s style:.
“And in wanting to be in something where I knew that I’d play a different type of role, a different type of man, and then knowing Steve through, we’re all a part of the same industry so I’d heard about Steve’s directing style, I was really really curious and excited to have the opportunity anyway to be a part of it. And when it came through I was on the tele like ‘this is my moment.'”
These comments, however, seem to show that Boyega was growing tired of playing the same character in one of the biggest pop culture franchises of all time. He mentions that working on a character for years can “starve your muscles.” This may be especially true when you consider how each episode of the Sequel Trilogy was released two years apart; there wasn’t much time for any actors to work on other projects.