|Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – John Boyega|
The first thing we see in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is the sight of a Black guy, John Boyega, in Stormtrooper armor sweating on Tatooine. It’s pretty epic and is jaw-dropping in spots. Unfortunately, some fans are complaining about it.
While we weren’t going to write about it, we figured enough people have been asking that it’s worth addressing.
We have no idea what character Boyega plays or what the plot is, but here are some reasons we can assume Boyega is in a Stormtrooper outfit.
1. Stormtroopers Aren’t Clones
It’s only in the prequels that all the Stormtroopers (called Clonetroopers) are clones. It was established in the Expanded Universe that the Emperor started replacing clones with regular people through recruiting and conscription. This is pretty obvious when you watch the original trilogy. Stormtroopers are all different sizes, shapes and have different voices. So, no, the Stormtroopers in Star Wars Episode VII aren’t clones.
2. There’s No Reason to Assume All Stormtroopers Are White
The idea that the Empire would recruit only White guys is ludicrous. Even the original clone template Jango Fett wasn’t White, but the actor Temuera Derek Morrison is Maori (Polynesian). So, even if all the Stormtroopers were clones of Jango, they still wouldn’t be White.
3. The Black Guy Could Be Disguised as a Stormtrooper
Luke Skywalker and Han Solo both dressed as Stormtroopers. Boyega’s character could be disguised as a Stormtrooper for some reason. So, he might not even be a real Stormtrooper.
Update: By the way, this proves the Stormtroopers aren’t clones. Otherwise, Han and Luke would never have fit in the armor. What are the odds that they would both be the exact same size as the clones?
4. The Black Guy Could Be a Former Stormtrooper
Luke Skywalker was talking about joining the Empire in the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Maybe Boyega joined the Empire and has a change of heart after it fell.
5. John Boyega is the Lead in the Star Wars Episode VII
It’s been rumored for a while that the new Star Wars movies could have a Black leading man and iTunes may have confirmed it. If you look at the official description on the iTunes trailer website it reads this way:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga
Notice who’s the first actor mentioned: John Boyega. The official cast list also lists “Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker.” Both descriptions have his name first which COULD be implying that he’s the main character.
By comparison, the iTunes trailer for Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace lists “Actors Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid.” Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor were arguably the lead on that movie. If Boyega is the lead then it makes total sense for him to be the first guy shown in the trailer.
6. It’s 2015, So Get Used To It
22-year old British actor John Boyega sent out this Instagram message:
It’s a new age and, according to the U.S. census, 13% of the United States classifies themselves as “Black (not Hispanic)“, so to ignore that demographic makes no sense. While 13% of America doesn’t sound like much, the total percentage of minorities in America has gone from 20% to 28% since 1990 alone. The world is more diverse and movies should accept that.
Why do you think there’s a Black guy in the Star Wars trailer?
Update: Thank you for the insightful and thoughtful discussion. Unfortunately, due to the number of hateful, racist and inflammatory comments on this post all comments are closed. If you wish to say why you hate Black people in movies, please go elsewhere.
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