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The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15.

By Chris Tauber
December 15, 2017 03:27 PM
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Star Wars heroes have survived wampa attacks, carbonite hibernation, trash compacting and much more. So in The Force Awakens, when John Boyega’s Stormtrooper-turned-hero Finn suffered a lightsaber to the back, everyone knew somehow he’d return.

And he does in The Last Jedi, looking like he could take on the whole Empire himself.

“His emotions are kind of against the clock now, and it’s a very vital moment for him,” Boyega, 25, says of Finn in PEOPLE’s new special issue Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to The Last Jedi (on newsstands now).

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Not since Darth Vader threw the Emperor over the railing in Return of the Jedi has a Star Wars bad guy turned good. That was the case with Finn in Episode VII. But now that he looks like he has physically recovered from that lightsaber injury, where is his head at?

“We meet Finn at a point in Episode VIII where he needs to decide where he belongs,” Boyega says. “The Resistance are under pressure, the First Order are in retaliation mode, and they’re fighting back with everything they’ve got.”

Clues to Finn’s next chapter are seen in The Last Jedi scenes of him and new buddy Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), who helps him stay a good guy. And then there’s that rematch with Captain Phasma. For a bigger preview of what’s to come, watch the exclusive PeopleTV special.

The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15.