John Boyega says Star Wars Episode VIII will be ‘bigger’ and ‘darker’

Actor also discusses relationship with Daisy Ridley

John Boyega has hinted that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII will be darker than last year’s smash hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Boyega – who plays former Stormtrooper Finn Poe – also downplayed any potential romance between Finn and Rey. Rey is portrayed by co-star Daisy Ridley.

Speaking to Variety, Boyega stated: “I mean, we didn’t establish a romance in seven; we never played it that way. Daisy and I, we’re friends. Finn and Rey – they’re just friends. Finn is a stormtrooper, so he doesn’t really know what’s going on. So the romance thing is something that’s going to be interesting in the next instalment. It’s not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.”

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Speaking of the upcoming Star Wars instalment, Boyega revealed that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson will be taking the saga in a different and darker direction.

He said: “Rian Johnson is great. It’s a different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say: ‘How do you get bigger than ‘Force Awakens?’ But it’s crazy.”

Johnson recently shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Marking the half-way point in filming, the photos feature an X-Wing cockpit and a computer system. Writing on tumblr, Johnson said, “I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)”

The storyline and title for Star Wars Episode VIII are being kept firmly under wraps until its release on Dec 15 2017.