By: Dominic Jones
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is now just 77 days away, and one of the characters we can't wait to learn more about is John Boyega's Finn. Lucasfilm has intentionally kept the character's history in the dark. Now, Cinelinx has heard some new rumors about the character's backstory, specifically about his time in The First Order. As usual, there is a chance this may not be true but if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now. This is your SPOILER ALERT!-
According to Cinelinx, the reason we don't know Finn's last name in the film is because the character has no last name. Jordan at Cinelinx writes, "The First Order isn't huge on names, and much like the Empire before them, have all of their people go strictly by numbers and designations." He also points out that there is precedence for this in the Empire, as seen in Claudia Gray's novel Lost Stars.
They also report that the reason Finn can use a lightsaber in The Force Awakens, without necessarily being Force sensitive (not to say that we know that he that isn't) is that The First Order trains all their stormtroopers to use both lightsabers and shields. This would be done as a call back to classic Ralph McQuarrie paintings, which features stormtroopers using lightsabers and shields.
And finally, in regards to Finn's relationship with his commanding officer Captain Phasma, Jordan writes,
"Apparently Finn is Captain Phasma's protege of sorts. I don't know to what degree, but it sounds like she takes the trooper under her wing during training. This would explain why Finn is part of a mission with Phasma and Kylo at the beginning of the movie, and could be part of the reason why she takes a more personal interest in tracking him down."
That would add an interesting dimension to Finn's decision to desert his post. Also, I like the idea of The First Order not allowing any individuality among its ranks. Overall, I like these rumors. I think they give Finn a unique backstory, unlike anything we've really seen in Star Wars up until this point.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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