Boyega was attending the UK gala screening of "Secrets of the
Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey", a documentary on the making
of the international blockbuster directed by J.J. Abrams.
"It's a definite cool experience and there's something that is
quite crazy about this whole thing of 'Star Wars' and how much
people still love it after so many years," Boyega said of the
"I'm so glad that I got to play a part in this huge story."
"Episode VIII", written and directed by Rian Johnson, will
continue the tale of new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (Boyega),
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
When asked about the difference between working with Abrams and
Johnson, Boyega said: "J.J. and Rian come from the same ilk in
terms of creativity."
"But Rian has his own thing and I know that Rian's thing suits
'Star Wars' and it suits the future story, especially continuing
with Finn and continuing with Rey and our new lady Kelly [Marie
Tran]. It's going to be really, really fun."
Disney is also planning to expand the "Star Wars" universe with
spin-offs, including one about a young Han Solo.
The studio has yet to reveal who take on the role made famous by
Harrison Ford and Boyega said he was keeping a close eye on
"I think fundamentally it's that charm. I think we forget that
this is not the Han Solo from the trilogy, this is a younger Han
Solo," he said. "So there's a chance for him to be a different
person and to still have the same charm we all know but a new
take at the character."
Boyega suggested he was throwing his support behind fellow
British actor Taron Egerton, who, according to a media report,
could be one of the main contenders for the role.
"Taron, go get it, go get it, Taron. Go get it," Boyega said.
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