John Boyega shined as he attended the European premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wearing Nigerian traditional dress. On Wednesday evening, the actor, who portrays Stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn in the intergalactic film series, joined his co-stars in London for the premiere of the saga’s latest instalment.
The 27-year-old, who was born in the capital to British-Nigerian parents, graced the blue carpet wearing a blue Agbada, a wide-sleeved robe traditionally worn by men in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
Boyega completed his look by wearing a Fila, a traditional Yoruba cap frequently paired with an Agbada.
He was joined at the star-studded event by members of his family, who were dressed in matching garments.
Several social media users expressed their admiration for Boyega’s sartorial choice, praising him for paying homage to his African heritage.
“He looks ‘out of this world’,” one person commented.
“For a Nigerian kid raised on Star Wars, this means everything to me. Representation matters. Thank you,” someone else wrote.
Boyega shared a post on Instagram about the London premiere, saying he “had an amazing time”.
“Last leg of the tour! Couldn’t be more grateful for such an amazing opportunity,” he wrote in the caption.
John Boyega (Finn) rose from relative anonymity to worldwide stardom, while Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) transitioned from acclaimed arthouse fare like Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis and Ex Machina to the world’s biggest movie franchise.
As for the future of the Star Wars series? After five movies over the past five years — The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker and standalone entries Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story — Disney CEO Bob Iger and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy are taking a hiatus from the theaters. Iger has said there won’t be a new Star Wars feature for at least three years, and there are no firm details for what the next chapter will bring.
What we do know is that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is plotting a new trilogy unrelated to the Skywalker Saga and Marvel boss Kevin Feige also has a separate film in development. However, the status of the much-hyped trilogy overseen by Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is in limbo after they departed the project; the official word was that they didn’t have the proper time to give Star Wars due to their expansive (and lucrative) deal with Netflix, but there was also a report that the duo had become wary of Star Wars’ toxic fandom in the wake of blowback from their final season of Thrones.
Star Wars fans will have to content themselves with the small screen until the next movie. In addition to Disney+’s successful launch of The Mandalorian, the streaming service has live-action series based on Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Diego Luna’s Rogue One character Cassian Andor. Disney+ also will launch a Star Wars game show, Jedi Temple Challenges, hosted by Jar Jar Binks alter ego Ahmed Best, to go along with a steady stream of novels, comics and merchandise, as well as immersive experiences at Disney theme parks.
But when it comes to Rey, Finn and Poe, the actors behind the characters stand in agreement on what they’d like to see.
“I just think it’s really important,” Boyega agreed, “especially now where we’ve got so many options in terms of how we watch content, I think it’s important for the biggest movie of all time to make sure it has it’s place in the cinematic universe. Because that’s how we love seeing Star Wars.”
The world premiere for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was held in Hollywood, California on Monday evening.