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The Force was with him: John Boyega catches a Pikachu on Star Wars set

Is the Death Star a Pokestop? Are these the Meowths you're looking for? The hit mobile game meets a galaxy far, far away.

John Boyega, who stars as Finn in the new Star Wars trilogy, is a Pokemon Go player.
Mark Mann

Movies look glamorous on the big screen, but film shoots are long slogs, with plenty of time spent standing around.

So it should come as no surprise that Star Wars actor John Boyega is playing Pokemon Go on set at Britain's Pinewood Studios. If you quizzed the full cast and crew, you'd probably find half the Rebels and half the Empire are secret players.

"I do have the (Pokemon Go) app," Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn in the series, told TechCrunch. "Currently at level 5, CP levels are looking good. I found a Pikachu at Pinewood Studios while filming Star Wars. I told EVERYBODY. 'I got a Pikachu!' I was the most popular kid on set for like a day."

Some have sneered at Boyega's relatively low level, but come on, he's trying to save the galaxy here. And he's a fan of the unity the game has produced.

"I was in Boston a few days ago and I thought there was like a fight going on, there were so many people crowding," he said in the interview. "I was like, 'What's going on? Oh, they're just playing Pokemon.' It's great the ways technology has brought us all together. It's a very interesting time."

Boyega talked to the publication while in Seattle judging Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a global student technology competition. While admiring the students' tech savvy, he reminisced about his own younger days.

"I grew up around a lot of technology, I just couldn't afford it," he said. "I bought my own first game console when I was 17. So, you know, technology was around me, but we kept it classic for a bit."