Star Wars star John Boyega isn’t joining the MCU, despite rumors to the contrary.
“That’s not in the vision for me now,” he says. “I want to do nuanced things. I want to donate my services to original indie films that come with new, fresh ideas, because I know it’s real hard to top Iron Man in that universe.”
It’s not the first time Boyega has been linked to the MCU. Back in 2016, he was rumored to have joined the then-upcoming Black Panther movie.
However, his concerns about Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy might make it difficult for the actor to board a Disney property. Especially after he was critical of their “diverse” representation.
“It’s so difficult to manoeuvre,” he explained. “You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”
He’s certainly in no hurry to pick up a lightsaber again, and it sounds as though Boyega would rather concentrate on other, independent films. Boyega will next star in Breaking by director Abi Damaris Corbin and is expected to reteam with Joe Cornish on the upcoming Attack the Block sequel.
Additionally, Boyega is set to star in the Netflix sci-fi comedy, They Cloned Tyrone.
He describes the film as a “unique and strange story that blew me away.” It features Boyega alongside Jamie Foxx as a variety of different-aged clones of the same person. “Pimp. Prostitute. Try to uncover a mystery in the ’hood. That’s all I’m giving you,” he said of the movie.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for Reso. You can follow him on Twitter.