As we are all buzzing with anticipation about the latest movie of the greatest franchise ever. Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens will be out in December 18th 2015. You can bet your life I will be at the Premier.
So when Disney bought the rights to Lucasfilm. I was excited that we will get decent movies again. Please, let's forget the lame prequels. We were steadily being introduced to the cast. We knew that Adam Driver, John Boyenga, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and the original cast members.
Everyone was buzzing! Then the first trailer came out. Now apart from the fact that this was Star Wars. When the trailer was released the talking point was that John Boyenga was (or disguised) as a Stormtrooper. Yes, that's right, apparently you can not have a black Stormtrooper. The feedback to this was pathetic.
This is what the racists were so upset about. Boyenga popping up as a Stormtrooper.
So, in a non fictional made up world. Why do people get so upset over colour? Easy to answer...society is conditioned by the social construct of what media wants to portray. Basically, in movies, the top roles went to the white actors. It's ok to have a supporting black actor. But the lead roles were always white and that role would represent a hero. A hero that everyone wants to be. We have been use to this for an age. So when Boyengas character popped up that was a statement. A statement of change. Credit to JJ Abrahms for casting Boyenga.
I applaud Abrams for this bold move. Which just like the diverse Marvel roster. Star Wars being so diverse encourages ethnic minorities to watch the movies.
The Empire have become the Rebels. The Rebels have become the Galactic Alliance.
Now with Boyenga being the first black lead role in Star Wars. Daisy Ridley is the female lead.
Whispers of the rumour mill are strife when it comes to Ridleys role. Some are saying that she is the Solos daughter. Others think that she is a sith that converts to a jedi. Wild rumours are always going to happen. However there is one rumour that is consistent for a while now. That Boyenga and Ridleys characters are romantically involved.
Now this would be the icing on the cake. Not only would it send a message that colour stereotypes has no place. But also that with Star Wars (a huge franchise) having a interracial relationship sends a positive message to the audience.
Could Boyenga and Ridleys characters be the next trilogy romance?
I hope that we see the two get together in some fashion. Of course I would like the romance to be authentic and not forced. But judging by the reports Boyenga and Ridley had great chemistry.
Watch this space...