John Boyega visits children's hospital in character as Finn from 'Force Awakens'

By Wade Sheridan   |   March 14, 2016 at 12:44 PM
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LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- John Boyega paid a special visit to the Royal London Hospital recently where he met children in character as Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Boyega brought along with him various Star Wars toys as he planned to meet 5-year-old fan Daniel Bell who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Instead of just meeting his favorite Force Awakens character by himself however, Bell wished that the actor would also meet with the other children as well.

"This little stormtrooper Daniel had a wonderful wish after seeing the force awakens. Daniel currently lives with a brain tumor and rather than having Finn to himself he wanted Finn to meet the kids at the Royal London hospital and give them some toys," Boyega wrote on Instagram Sunday alongside a set of adorable photos taken during his visit.

"I stayed in character while I was with this brave boy asking him what a car was. He taught Finn about everything earth related! Really thankful for the opportunity this child granted me and I'm just humbled! I hope I played a little part in making you smile young stormtrooper," he continued.

In a separate post, Boyega transcribed a conversation he had with Layla, another young fan at the hospital who was dressed up as Finn's partner from Force Awakens, Rey.

"Layla: Finn where's Rey? Finn: I don't know, I got beat by kylo and I can't remember anything. Layla: okay I'll be your Rey today. Okay? Finn: okay! Lead the way," Boyega wrote alongside a photo of Layla holding his hand guiding him through a hallway next to Daniel.

Bell's mother Rosalind expressed her gratitude on Facebook by commenting on the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity's status about the meeting they help set up. "Thank you so so much Rays of Sunshine and John Boyega for granting Daniel's wish to meet Finn and take toys to the hospital. It was just amazing, I have no words! Daniel is still totally overwhelmed, I have never seen him so happy," she wrote.

Boyega will be seen once again as Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII due in theaters December 15, 2017. The sequel which has already started filming, will be "much darker" according to the 23-year-old.

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