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There are several English actors in the new Star Wars trilogy: Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, and John Boyega, just to name a few. Some of them use their normal accent, or something close to it. However, for some reason Finn has an (American?) accent, rather than John's natural accent. Why?

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    I assumed it was to show that he was always a Rebel... It's always seemed to me that the English accents were always skewed heavily for the Empire/Sith and the American accents towards the Rebels/Republic, which pretty much keeps up with the American trope that people with English accents are bad guys. – Taegost Dec 15 '17 at 17:12
  • @Taegost Kylo and Snoke have american accents... – Slack-lothiad Dec 15 '17 at 19:12
  • Yeah, that's why I said "skewed heavily". I believe in-universe the it's all based on where they grew up, just like in the real world – Taegost Dec 15 '17 at 19:28
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He tried with a British accent first, and JJ Abrams said it didn't work.

Straight from the mouth of John Boyega himself in this interview on the Graham Norton show:

This pretty much settles the matter for John Boyega / Finn specifically. But for more about the in-universe significance of British and American accents in Star Wars generally, see the following Q&A from another SE site devoted to sci-fi and fantasy:

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