“Now, I get to say I hold a lightsaber.”
Those are some of the first words Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega told ETonline when we spoke over the weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
During the stunning Live Action presentation on Saturday, an Episode VIIposter designed by famed artist Drew Struzan was revealed (and gifted) to the 7,500 attendees, confirming that Boyega’s character wields (and uses) the infamous blue lightsaber that once belonged to Luke Skywalker and his father Anakin (who later becomes Darth Vader).
“The fans get to know the blue lightsaber is back!” said Boyega. “And it just so happens to be in my hands. So, you know. Might as well use it.”
Finn’s tie to the infamous saber was hinted at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in April, when concept art showed Boyega’s character with a lightsaber in tow. But suspicions are now confirmed: Finn will use a lightsaber in The Force Awakens, a secret he had no problem keeping from anyone and everyone.
“I actually haven’t told my dad,” said Boyega. “My dad’s been dying to know whether or not I hold a lightsaber, so after I go and talk to everyone I’m definitely going to go tell my dad, ‘Oh yeah, Dad. I hold a lightsaber!’”