Just when you thought the most devastating aspect of the coming trilogy of new Star Wars movies was that Hayden Christensen might turn up again, newcomer John Boyega has dropped a big hint that The Force Awakens is going to be a weepy. The newest Jedi in the galaxy told GQ in this month's issue that he couldn't resist floods of tears when he first found out what was going to happen:
When I read the script I cried, and Im not really a big crier Im more like a frog-in-the-throat kind of guy, wholl try to hold it in and make sure I dont let it all out.
Obviously, that's about as close to a spoiler as we're likely to get at this stage, given how tight JJ Abrams is on his sets (to the annoyance of Anthony Daniels, quite amusingly), but it's a big enough hint that something terrible is probably going to happen. Could it be that there are so many moments of resolved familial tension when Luke Skywalker turns up that Boyega couldn't help but reach for the Kleenex? Is he just really scared of lightsabers? No, it's far more likely that there's going to be at least one major death in the film. Given that Boyega also mentions in his interview that Finn's story "mirrors the stories of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo", there are a couple of intriguing possibilities. Luke loses all of his father figures in the original trilogy and Han Solo is an outsider who gains a family despite quite literally being the personification of the rogue anti-hero. Jumping to all sorts of conclusions, it's not hard to imagine that Finn stumbles into a new family when he meets Rey, is taken under Han Solo's wing because he sees something of himself in him, and then sees his new father figure devastatingly torn out of his life. After all, having Han Solo die at the end of the first film would not only be a brave move, it would also be exactly the right kind of creative choice needed to propel the trilogy forward. It might not be a popular decision, but necessary evils are a big part of the Star Wars universe, and that's the kind explosive narrative swerve that could reduce even the hardiest of souls to tears. What do you think John Boyega was crying about? Share your own theories below in the comments thread.