In the promotional material for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we were treated to multiple images of FN-2187, better known as Finn, wielding the former lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker. The image was so ubiquitous, it was widely believed John Boyega’s character would be the film’s new Jedi protagonist.
Of course later found out it was Rey who is Force-sensitive, although Finn did get to wield the lightsaber briefly. That means for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will need a weapon of his own — namely, a new blaster pistol. And thanks to the actor, we now have a first look at it.
Boyega posted a brief video of the prop weapon on Instagram, accompanied by the text, “Proud owner of Finn’s blaster!” and a thank you to director Rian Johnson, who presumably gave permission for the actor to keep the blaster.
The Star Wars team plays its cards notoriously close to the chest, so we don’t know much about the unlucky villains who are going to be on the receiving end of this weapon. In the trailer, we can see that Finn is still recovering from the injuries he suffered in his misguided attempt to fight Kylo Ren, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief that he’s put ancient weaponry behind him.
Finn’s role in The Last Jedi is something of a mystery, however. He clearly won’t spend the whole movie in recovery, and his actual part in the Resistance is heavily rumored, but unconfirmed. Kelly Marie Tran’s new character Rose will be working closely with him, and fans have already been matching the pair up romantically. The only thing that is known for sure, is that Boyega will finally fulfill his boast to Han Solo in the last film, and Finn will finally become a Big Deal.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. The film arrives Dec. 15.