In a featured article on Variety, actor John Boyega spoke a bit about the state of the Resistance in The Last Jedi. Our heroes were dealt some serious blows in The Force Awakens and how they respond from those hardships will be key as the Sequel Trilogy moves along. Boyega also goes on to mention in the article how he considers Episode VIII to be an “epic dark story” that focuses on developing its characters and how Carrie Fisher’s presence impacted the rest of the cast. Check out his comments from the piece copied below.

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“The Resistance isn’t in the best condition,” Boyega tells Variety. “Things are shaky.”

All “Star Wars” cast members are sworn to secrecy, but Boyega does spill a few things about what to expect for the new film.

“It’s a chance for each character to decide what side they’re on and decide what they’re fighting for,” he says. “It’s an epic dark story. At the same time it’s still fun. It’s still ‘Star Wars.’”

Before filming began Boyega met with director Rian Johnson to make sure they shared a vision for Finn.

“We were on the same page,” says Johnson. “We wanted this to be the movie where his character strengthens — not just by becoming a better-drawn character — but by literally finding his strength and discovering what he believes in.”

There’s a bittersweet element to “The Last Jedi.” It marks the final big-screen appearance of Carrie Fisher. The actress behind Princess Leia died last December, and Boyega says it hit the cast hard. He promises the film will pay homage to her legacy.

“Carrie Fisher means freedom,” he says. “She influenced people to be authentic and say what you want, however you want. I’ll miss her energy. You were always going to hear Carrie Fisher somewhere saying something that she has no business saying, that makes everybody laugh.”