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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage Finally Lets Finn Talk

November 19, 2015

While we’ve seen a lot of John Boyega’s Finn in the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we haven’t really heard him say much. At least until now, as Finn’s front and center in the latest TV spot, shown below.

This new spot dropped earlier today, and while it doesn’t seem to spoil any new big ticket reveals from the upcoming film, it certainly gives us some more details into the life of Finn. More specifically, it gives us more background into how long he may have been with the First Order, before quitting its ranks to join Rey and BB-8 on the journey of a lifetime. Though Finn’s chosen a new path in his life, as seen in this TV spot shared by JoBlo, it’s one that’s looking mighty familiar to us on the other side of the screen, as his storyline looks reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s adventures in theclassic trilogy.

Obviously, the fact that Finn possess the blue lightsaber that all heroes must possess at the beginning of their Star Wars journey recalls the moment that Luke first heard about his father’s heroism during the Clone Wars. While Finn’s status as a Force Sensitive has come into question throughout the massive marketing blitz that is the road to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he looks like he’s just as eager to fight a Stormtrooper with the chosen weapon of galactic justice.

Then, of course, there’s the big callback towards the end of the spot that directly connects to the original trilogy. If you cue the video above to 00:25, you’ll see Finn in the gunner’s seat of the Millennium Falcon, letting out a gigantic holler of enthusiasm. Not only is this infectious to the viewer, but it also recalls the memory of Han and Luke zapping TIE Fighters while escaping the Death Star. You can watch that clip below:

 

Even John Boyega’s chemistry with Harrison Ford is reminiscent of his style of banter with Mark Hamill in the 1977 original, which has us wondering if Finn will be the film’s Force Sensitive character after all. There’s still a good chance that the way the TV spot is cut is deliberately misleading, though the coincidences do add up in the limited running time presented. Still, we’d rather debate the ambiguity of the commercial rather than know flat out what’s going on, as the mystery will be preserved for the opening day payoff.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens reveals all of its secrets on December 18th.