John Boyega pleased with Finn's evolution in The Rise of Skywalker

John Boyega pleased with Finn's evolution in The Rise of Skywalker

John Boyega has opened up about how his character evolves in 'The Rise of Skywalker'.

The actor - who plays Finn in the 'Star Wars' franchise - wanted his character to be developed beyond being a "comedic goofy dude who never gets stuff done".

John told Entertainment Weekly: "I definitely wanted more after 'Episode VIII' ('The Last Jedi'). ['Rise of Skywalker'] makes Finn's 'Episode VIII' arc makes more sense. We got to bring out a side of Finn we haven't seen."

Finn has changed allegiances during the course of the trilogy, initially fighting as a Stormtrooper in the First Order before switching to the Resistance and Boyega believes he finally has a clear identity in this film.

He said: "I don't know if Finn was fully confident about his position in 'Episode VIII' ('The Last Jedi'). In 'Episode IX' (The Rise of Skywalker) is where you have a Finn that now knows what team he fights for.

"There's very interesting beats with Finn in terms of his relations to other characters - there's an aura around him, a new kind of confident energy."

The 27-year-old actor will play Finn for the final time in the film, which marks the end of the latest 'Star Wars' trilogy and the Skywalker Saga as a whole, but he admits that he is glad that his character has maintained a sense of "mystery".

He added: "It feels OK, because, with just three films, there's still a curiosity and a mystery about Finn. There are still certain things that I really don't know about him. It feels like, 'OK, cool. It's a balanced, right time.'"

John also opened up about how director J.J. Abrams encouraged the cast to improvise their dialogue.

He explained: "J.J. came back with a new energy and new vibe. He wanted dialogue to be messy and natural, and that got all of us really excited."