John Boyega on His Reaction to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Script

Star talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens script and character’s story

The first frames of footage we saw for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured John Boyega’s Fin, distraught and out of breath in the desert of Jakku (an interactive video of which just debuted online yesterday). Since then, we’ve seen countless other images of his character in the marketing materials, and toys, including the shot of him holding a blue lightsaber. In a recent interview with GQ, Boyega opened up about the process of preparing for the film and revealed his reaction to reading The Force Awakens script, saying:

“When I read the script I cried, and I’m not really a big crier… I’m more like a frog-in-the-throat kind of guy, who’ll try to hold it in and make sure I don’t let it all out.”

He went on to talk about his character Fin’s story in the film, revealing that it mirrors some classic Star Wars character’s own paths.

“Finn is dope. His story is so epic. It’s a story that’s never been seen before, but it also mirrors the stories of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. And he’s quirky and charismatic and funny. For me, he was the best character in the script.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.

Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, the J.J. Abrams-directed film will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed on December 16, 2016 by Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryStar Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo movie on May 25, 2018. No release dates have been announced for Star Wars: Episode IX or for the third anthology movie. It was recently confirmed, however, that Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow will be helming the third Saga chapter.