Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th and since the premiere date was announced, the internet has been buzzing with anticipating, speculation and even outrage regarding frivolous lightsaber-related details. One detail in particular though, upsetting only the narrow-minded of the bunch, is the fact that Attack The Block star John Boyega was cast as the first Black Stormtrooper. But if you think he’s sitting around writing poems about how people can be so cruel, think again.
“It was unnecessary. I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t. I’m not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense. All the films I’ve done have had a secret commentary on stereotypical mentalities. It’s about getting people to drop a prejudiced state of mind and realize, Oh shit we’re just watching normal people.”
His two previous roles were that of a gang leader and a reformed gangster so John is more than familiar with the stereotypical roles most Black actors are typecast into. In The Force Awakens, He plays Finn, a Stormtrooper who Boyega says has a unique narrative never before seen in the Star Wars Universe. Finn’s character is in conflict, mostly with himself but also with the powers,” he tells V Magazine. We’ll find out what those powers are in two months time.
Most of us wouldn’t think of setting foot in the theater for a Star Wars release, but we might just give it a chance.
As for the small-minded fans holding fast to their stale sense of normalcy, you can have all the seats you require. In other words, you all will deal.