After the marketing for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) focused on Finn's lightsaber battles, he seemed to be positioned as the new Jedi of the saga. Of course, when the film was released it was revealed that Rey was the one to walk the Jedi path, discovering her Force sensitivity and defeating Kylo Ren in the final lightsaber battle.
But does Rey's Jedi journey mean that Finn isn't Force sensitive? Many fans are still hoping that Finn could become a Jedi too, and it turns out, Daisy Ridley also wants to see this happen.
Daisy Ridley Shares Her Thoughts
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Daisy Ridley talked about how the marketing teased Finn being a Jedi, and why she thinks this could still happen in [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868).
"But he did wield the lightsaber, so I'm going to say he is Force sensitive. Because you know, we've all got that Force within us!"
Although you don't need to be Force sensitive to use a lightsaber, it is the weapon of a Jedi, and this could be taken as a hint that Finn will later harness his latent Force abilities.
Ridley's comments also harken back to JJ Abrams' own belief in the inclusivity in the Force; that although it's stronger in some, many people are able to harness this energy.
"Being strong with the Force didn’t mean something scientific, it meant something spiritual. It meant someone who could believe, someone who could reach down to the depths of your feelings and follow this primal energy that was flowing through all of us. I mean, that’s what was said in that first film!"
Of course, Finn's story is incredibly powerful whether he's Force sensitive or not: as an ex-Stormtrooper, Finn is one of the most original characters in The Force Awakens.
But it would be a shame to waste all that Jedi foreshadowing, and it's entirely possible that Finn will discover his own power in the Force in Star Wars 8. In fact, there are already plenty of clues that this it where his plot will lead.
Jedi Finn Hints In Episode VII
One of the most interesting things about Finn is that out of all the troopers in the First Order's military, he is the only one to overcome a lifetime of conditioning. Finn was raised with a completely different moral structure to what we're used to: the First Order made certain that their stormtroopers were convinced that their way was the only way.
Obviously, when it came to his first mission, Finn's empathy for others overruled his training, as he found himself unable to slaughter the Jakku villagers as commanded. Was this just Finn's compassion? It's important to note that Force sensitive people tend to have very strong minds, allowing them to withstand torture and telepathic probing, which is how Rey resisted Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.
When the New Republic is destroyed, there was another big hint that Finn is Force Sensitive. Just as the Starkiller Base fires on the Hosian system, killing billions of people, we see a shot of Finn looking up to the sky. He starts as if he's heard something, looks up, and is the first one to witness the destruction happening in the skies above Maz Kanata's casle.
What's interesting is that at this point we hear screams of people on the soundtrack, carried over from the previous shot of the planets exploding. Yet no-one around Finn is screaming.
It's entirely possible that those screams we heard on the soundtrack were actually what Finn was hearing, or rather, sensing. We know that destruction on this scale causes an immense ripple effect in the Force: after all, Obi Wan Kenobi felt the destruction of Alderaan from light years away in A New Hope.
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."
Perhaps Finn's latent Force sensitivity is channeled by his compassion, allowing him to sense the pain of others.
But that's just a theory. We do actually have a little Easter Egg which hints that Finn could be Force sensitive: his trooper number, 2187. This number is the title of an experimental film which inspired George Lucas to invent the Force, and he also used this number as Leia's cell designation in A New Hope.
It's worth noting that Leia Organa is also a Force sensitive person, although we don't learn about her strength in the Force until Return Of The Jedi. Perhaps Finn will follow in Leia's footsteps, concentrating on the Resistance until later on, when he'll harness his Force abilities.
At this point all we have is speculation, but it's good to know that Daisy Ridley also likes this idea!