We finally have a clearer idea of how FN-2187 became a stormtrooper in the First Order, and perhaps why he eventually defected to become Finn, a “big deal” in the Resistance in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It has everything to do with the new Star Wars: Battlefront II DLC: “Resurrection.”
Spoilers follow for the Star Wars: Battlefront II DLC: “Resurrection” and potentially The Last Jedi.
“Resurrection” picks up shortly after the events presented in the Battlefront II story campaign, about 30 years after the Battle of Jakku. Former Imperial Agent-turned-Rebel fighter Del Meeko is dead, having been killed at the very end of the main game. Iden Versio, the protagonist of Battlefront II and Del’s wife, investigates his disappearance with the help of their daughter, Zay (who is definitely not Rey, by the way).
With assistance from their old ally Shriv — who migrated from the Rebellion into the Resistance over the years — they discover the First Order secret that led to Del’s murder: “Project Resurrection.” Instead of being a Last Jedi spoiler that some fans expected it would be, this conspiracy actually offers a bit of important backstory about the First Order’s military.
“Project Resurrection” was an initiative started by the First Order in conjunction with Jinata Security (J-Sec), a paramilitary organization run by Gleb, who’s been training soldiers since the peak days of the Empire. For years, J-Sec stole children from impoverished planets on the Outer Rim like Pillio and Athulla, conditioned them with years of intense training, and then deployed them as stormtroopers in the First Order.
That’s right, Finn was almost definitely abducted as part of Project Resurrection, a name that probably vaguely references the impending “resurrection” of the Empire’s military might.
Remember in The Force Awakens when Kylo Ren remarks that maybe the First Order should have used a clone army and Hux defends his troops? Well, all of those First Order stormtroopers were children that were abducted from Outer Rim colonies roughly a decade after the Battle of Endor.
This also explains why rescuing Gleb from Vardos was an important part of Emperor Palpatine’s contingency plan, Operation Cinder, after his death. During the main Battlefront II story campaign, Iden’s final mission before she defects is rescuing Gleb, but we never really learned why she was so important until now.
The Emperor probably knew that whatever military remained after the downfall of the Empire would need to replenish its numbers, and therefore knew that they’d need Gleb to do that dirty work.
Project Resurrection might have eventually been Snoke’s doing when it came down to it, but it was probably Palpatine’s plan all along.
Star Wars: Battlefront II’s “Resurrection” DLC is available now and The Last Jedi hits theaters on Friday, December 15.