Did You Really Think John Boyega Would Spoil Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Vanity Fair
John Boyega is an integral part of the Star Wars universe. As such, this means he’s probably really good at keeping secrets. Extremely big secrets. Secrets that have multiple layers and various entryways, secrets that require all entrusted parties to submit themselves to background checks and a series of Jedi mind tricks designed to test their ultimate trustworthiness. Boyega was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in the year of our lord 2014, which means he’s been keeping these galactic secrets for literal years. So why, why in the name of Jakku would he reveal a major Star Wars spoiler on Twitter, of all places?
Well, he didn’t do that, of course! But it seems the young actor still has a lot to learn about how quick some Star Wars fans are to assume that everything he tweets about might subtly allude to some plot point for Finn and the rest of his spacey squad. On Wednesday, the actor tweeted out a mysterious but benign message: “Time to play a villain ey…”
Of course, hundreds of Boyega’s Last Jedi-minded followers quickly assumed he was alluding to Finn going back to his Stormtrooper roots, or maybe, possibly diving fully to the dark side in the upcoming film. Boyega’s tweet was, after all, pretty vague. Maybe he was pulling a George Lucas (“Who or what is the phantom menace?” “Oh, it’s Darth Sidious.”). Maybe Lucasfilm or Disney had given him clearance to randomly reveal something juicy to the legions of impatient fans. However—and remember this, because it’s key—there’s not a snowball’s chance in Tattooine that the studio would ever let him do that! In addition, Boyega was clearly alluding to a project he has yet to film, whereas The Last Jedi wrapped last summer.
Boyega quickly righted the ship (probably after receiving a fusillade of calls, texts, and emails from his publicity team), clarifying that the tweet had nothing to do with Star Wars.
An impish Mark Hamill also had a little fun with the tweet, quote-tweeting Boyega’s message. “See how easy it is to accidentally leak a spoiler, son? (Hope you didn’t say anything about OUR relationship in #EpVIII) #ScaredSithless,” he joked. (Calling Boyega “son” seems like it may have been a sly troll as well.)
Boyega tweeted back at Hamill, calling him “dad” and asking him to “train me.”
Of course, it’s not crazy to think that a spoiler might have leaked for The Last Jedi (but um, click here if you’d like to know some actual juicy secrets). Back during the lead-up to Rogue One, the prequel starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, a number of spoilers spilled out to the world, including a spoiler about who Mads Mikkelsen was playing, in addition to a bunch of character details from a leaked companion book for the film. However, the biggest slip came when actor Jiang Wen, who played the gun-wielding Baze Malbus, accidentally mentioned that his character dies at the end. The YouTube clip of that panel event is worth watching for Alan Tudyk’s panicked reaction alone (Kathleen Kennedy, on the other hand, is a picture of intimidatingly cool calm). Wen’s accidental reveal shoots down our theory that Lucasfilm keeps a handler with a dart needle ready to sedate any and all actors who are about to spill major secrets—but it does confirm that spoilers can happen anytime, anywhere. Just don’t expect them from John Boyega any time soon.