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Leia's 'Last Jedi' Sendoff Will Have "Deeper Meaning," Says John Boyega

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 8/9/2017 Aaron Couch
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have plenty of moments for original series stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to shine.

John Boyega, who plays the reformed stormtrooper Finn in the film, recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast, where he teased details of the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

"The Force Awakens was a great foundation," Boyega told THR's Scott Feinberg, "and now we're about to build a big house."

Boyega said the film, from director Rian Johnson, is darker and "very physical."

"Finn is much more active and involved in the fight, which is something that I really wanted," said Boyega.

Last Jedi will be the final installment to feature Fisher as Leia following the actress' untimely death in December. 

"I think the sendoff is really cool. Even before she passed away, I'd see her in scenes and be like, 'This is really cool for both Carrie and Mark, who are the last two original leads [alive in the franchise]. I felt like they deserve more and more - they've been doing this for a while and have been the beating heart of something special, and I just feel like [The Last Jedi] pays homage to them in general," said Boyega. "But unfortunately, now that she's passed, it does have a deeper meaning."

He added, "I think the fans are going to appreciate that."

The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15.

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