Why John Boyega Is Bulking Up For Star Wars: Episode IX
This weekend, moviegoers will have the opportunity to see John Boyega co-pilot a giant robot and fight equally large monsters as Jake Pentecost in Pacific Rim Uprising, but it was only a couple months ago that we saw the actor reprising Finn for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Just like how we had to wait two years between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it won’t be until the final month of 2019 that we see Boyega and his Star Wars costars return for Episode 9, but Boyega is already planning his work-out regiment, as he thinks the tale will packed with even more conflict than the previous installments he’s been in. Boyega explained:
Next for me, filming wise, is Star Wars: Episode IX in July. They’ve officially given us a note to start training soon. I’m going to take a holiday before that. I think that, regardless of where the story goes — and I haven’t read it, by the way — I think it’s going to be all out war. So I know that I’m going to have to work out and strengthen for that part.
Even with Pacific Rim Uprising finally arriving in theaters, John Boyega is keeping busy. As he recently told CinemaBlend ahead of his upcoming appearance at Awesome Con in Washington D.C., while he will be taking a vacation soon to recharge the ol’ batteries, he’ll still need to begin bulking up soon for Star Wars: Episode IX. With Episode 9 being moved from May of 2019 to December of the same year, principal photography is scheduled to begin this summer, but for Boyega (and no doubt many of the other actors), he’ll need to ensure he’s in proper shape before the cameras start rolling. We’re a long ways off from learning any Episode 9 plot details, but given how The Last Jedi ended, I can’t say I’m shocked by Boyega saying that the final entry of this Star Wars trilogy will be “all out war.”
Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are ahead!
When we left off with Finn and his allies at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, nearly all of The Resistance had been wiped out by The First Order, and the handful of survivors managed to escape from Crait on the Millennium Falcon thanks to Luke Skywalker distracting Kylo Ren with his Force projection. Even with their pitiful numbers, General Leia Organa predicted that because of Luke’s sacrifice, The Resistance will rise again. It remains to be seen how much time will have passed when Episode 9 begins, but since the movie will presumably mark the end of the conflict between The Resistance and The First Order, it’s a good bet that this war will go out with an especially big bang, and Finn will need to be in great shape for those final fights.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019, but if you’re interested in watching John Boyega’s most recent work, you can either head to the theater this weekend to see Pacific Rim Uprising, or you can watch The Last Jedi, which is now available on Digital HD and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, March 27.