John Boyega, star of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ responds to ‘black stormtrooper’ tweets: ‘Get used to it’
The British actor takes to Instagram amid criticism about a black man wearing the uniform of the saga’s legendary villains in the new trailer for ‘Episode VII’
By Gersh Kuntzman | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Is he on the dark side…or the light?
A black actor who created a disturbance in the Force after he donned the uniform of an Imperial stormtrooper in a much-anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer has told curious fans to “get used to it.”
Many fans took to the internet after the trailer was posted online on Friday — with some criticizing director J.J. Abrams for casting a black actor to portray a stormtrooper.
But actor John Boyega responded cheekily on Instagram, saying a bit sarcastically, “Thank you for all the love and support! The fan mail…has added to my joy!”
He then added, “To whom it may concern…Get used to it. :)”
It is, of course, unclear if Boyega’s character is one of the Empire’s soldiers or merely wearing the stormtrooper uniform — as heroes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo did in the original “Star Wars” film when they infiltrated the Death Star to free Princess Leia.
The “Episode VII” trailer, which also features a new villain with a menacing three-bladed lightsaber, has been viewed more than 40 million times since Friday.