John Boyega: Star Wars secrecy led to double life

John Boyega felt like he was Batman when he was shooting Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens because he was living a double life.

The British actor has been cast as Finn in the upcoming movie, which is shrouded in secrecy ahead of its December (15) release. The effort to keep all plot lines under wraps was massive, meaning John was left permanently nervous he would give something away.

“Through the audition process we didn’t get to take the script home so we had to go to Pinewood (studios in the UK) and learn our lines and then go home,” he told US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “I felt like I was living a double life like Batman. It was a real situation, so to have the script in the read through was…

“The most interesting thing (about getting the part) was telling my dad. I went home and I was like, ‘Dad, I’ve just been cast in Star Wars.’ And he was like, ‘OH MY GOD! You are in Star Wars? That is fantastic, I knew it! What is Star Wars?’ He didn’t know.”

Adam Driver has also joined the cast of the iconic franchise, and he had many of the same feelings as his co-star. He got the call inviting him to talk to director J.J. Abrams about the project while he was shooting the end of season two of TV show Girls, and he immediately jumped at the opportunity.

After months of back and forth as he decided whether to sign up, Adam was eventually on board, but even then he wasn’t open about it. In fact, he decided to keep the job a secret from his wife – something which was blown when J.J. assumed he’d told her and announced the news in the press.

The director has confirmed the movie is now finished, aside from some small colour changes which need to be made. At the moment it has only been screened to a select few friends and family members, but J.J. is still nervous about how it’ll go down with a wider crowd.

He has some experience of helming projects which have a dedicated fan base having taken on two Star Trek flicks over the years, although admirers of the two franchises are different.

“There are more of them (Star Wars fans) and because I have always counted myself among them I’m not going to disparage them and say anything bad about them, I think they’re fantastic, but they do frighten you sometimes,” he laughed, adding many come up to him and say they’re pleased he’s in charge of the new movie.

“What they’re really saying underneath it is, ‘If you screw this up I’ll kill you.'”

– Cover Media