John Boyega, who played Ugwu in the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, will also play a key role in the upcoming 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The official trailer for the movie was released recently and Star Wars fan immediately took to Twitter to criticize the choice of John Boyega as a stormtrooper.
As fans debated the issue, a hashtag, #BlackStormtrooper, was born.
John Boyega responded subtly to all the criticism on his Instagram page:
This is definitely not the first time fans have been in an uproar over casting black actors (Remember Rue, Thresh, and Cinna from The Hunger Games? Or Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot?).
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