John Boyega has one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood as one of the primary leads in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he has another genre character he'd like to tackle next: Spider-Man.
In an interview with Yahoo Global News' anchor Katie Couric, Star Wars' Finn talked about that and several other things -- including this Friday's movie -- in an interview conducted inside the current Star Wars exhibit at Discover Time Square in New York City.
"What drew me to [Star Wars], #1 is the characters and their stories," Boyega told Couric. "It’s so human, but set amongst this space opera which gives it a magical affect. The ultimate fight against good vs. evil is something we can all relate, too. It gives us something to root and fight for."
Boyega was asked about the conspicious absence of Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) in virtually all of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers and marketing material
"Luke is not there for a reason. You have to trust the makers, the powers that be," said Boyega. "Luke is mysterious for a very big, major reason and it’s going to be cool."
When asked if his character would become a Jedi, Boyega was coy but did say that someone new would take on the robes.
"[Finn] is definitely a trained warrior. Jedis are a part of myth and a part of legend," said the actor. "In the trailer, we see Han Solo say, 'It’s true, it’s real. All of it.' It’ll be good to see who helms the Jedi role. That’ll be cool."
Speaking of roles, Spider-Man came up when Kate Couric asked what Marvel hero he'd like to play.
"I’ve wanted to play all of them… If I could only play one super hero, I would love to be Spider-Man. That would be fun."
Boyega's fandom isn't just idle talk, either. The actor said he struck up a friendship with Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. that Boyega likens to a mentorship role.
"I sought himout. I wanted to meet him and at the time we were at the same agency, so I sent him an email and just said I’d do it, if you’re up for it," said Boyega. "He sent me a charming email back saying that: ‘you know what, when you’re in LA to come over to the house and we’ll have a chit chat.’ So, we did. He’s fantastic. He has an abundance of knowledge. He wouldn’t call himself my mentor, but I call him that because of how much I learned from him."
Watch the full interview here:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18.