Is Star Wars' Finn a Jedi?

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From Digital Spy

Previews of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tricked us into thinking that it would be John Boyega's Finn who developed Force powers in the film, thanks to multiple images of him wielding Luke Skywalker's original, blue lightsaber.

Of course, we now know that this was a bluff, and it was Daisy Ridley's Rey, not Finn, who took the first steps on the path to becoming a Jedi (Finn turned out to be pretty terrible with a lightsaber, tbh).

But was it as misleading as we thought? Reddit user drzemor has pointed us to an interview last year with The Force Awakens editor (and frequent JJ Abrams collaborator) Maryann Brandon that has made us wonder whether Finn doesn't have powers of his own too.

When asked about tricking people into thinking Finn was a Jedi at a University of California talk, she questioned whether that was the case.

"We don't know that Finn isn't a Jedi," she said. "Do you know that he's not?

"Obviously he's special, because he went against his training as a stormtrooper."

Brandon went on to say that Lucasfilm "officials of Jedi knowledge" told her that "there are different levels of Jedi" with different abilities with the Force. She related a story in which George Lucas explained to Abrams that Obi-Wan Kenobi was only "average" with the Force.

This isn't the first time it's been theorised that Finn is/will become a Jedi, either.

So what do you think? Is Finn the Last Jedi? Will he be the first openly gay Jedi to appear in a Star Wars movie?

Boyega will return alongside Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis in Rian Johnson's The Force Awakens follow-up.

Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran are also joining the cast.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15.

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