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With the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, there has been equal measures of joy and disdain flowing through the Star Wars fandom. There are some who eat up every single thing the franchise offers and others who checked out after Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. There's no way to please everyone, though some complaints are a whole lot more understandable than others. Lately, the biggest complaints have come from those annoyed that the series has its first black storm trooper in actor John Boyega. Luckily, not only has Boyega heard about this, he's crafted a masterful response to his detractors.
Taking to his Instagram account, John Boyega broadcast the following statement in response to all those who oppose his casting in the J.J. Abrams Star Wars revival.
That right there is a perfect response: Boyega thanks the fans that are supporting his inclusion in the Star Wars universe, showing enthusiasm for his new project, while injecting just the right amount of bait for his detractors to take to heart. It has to be hard for the new members of the Star Wars cast to be in the spotlight of the series' second revival, especially considering that they're the front and center focus of the 88 second teaser trailer that's been blazing through the internet. Disney could have the first look at the galaxy far, far away with shots of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill and called it day. They didn't. So, we have to assume there's a reason John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Issac are at the center of the trailer.
The reason those three fresh faces are the center of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is probably the same reason they were all cast in their respective roles in the first place: they're talented young actors who are relatively unknowns in the Star Wars universe. They are ready to be rocketed onto the A-list. Considering the attention he's gotten for his role in Attack The Block, John Boyega seems like he's a great choice to be plucked out of genre obscurity and put into a high profile lead, especially by the steady hand of J.J. Abrams. Ultimately, Boyega is here to stay in the Star Wars sandbox, and the hateful contingent of the fan base is just going to have to, as he said, "get used to it."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is primed to blow us all away on December 18, 2015. It'll be interesting to see the responses of those who hated John Boyega's casting when the film actually drops.