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I love Star Wars. It's one of my favourite franchises. I loved the story, I loved the characters and the universe that George Lucas created. There is nothing I could fault in the franchise except one thing - the lack of diversity in the main characters.

In the original trilogy there was only one black character who featured and that was of course Lando Calrissian played by Billy Dee Williams. However, that was it. There was not another notable ethnic minority character to feature. Now of course, Hollywood back in the 70's was predominantly more prejudice than it is today.

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian in Empire Strikes Back.

Then there was the absolute dreadful George Lucas prequel trilogy. Again the pattern is the same. Only one ethnic minority mainstream character Mace Windup played by Samuel L Jackson. This to me, is a very ignorant view on ethnic casting. We should be embracing more diversity in movies instead of having a white dominated cast. I accept that this was the way a few decades ago but it's the 21st century now. A century that should involve more black and female roles. For example I credit the Wachowski brothers who directed the Matrix trilogy. Most of the cast were of ethnic minorities and was a great success.

The Wachowski brothers wanted to involve more ethnic actors in the Matrix trilogy.

So now we have Episode 7: The Force Awakens. As we know the movie is directed by JJ Abrams who is a brilliant director. He has rejuvenated the Star Trek franchise and I am confident he will do the same with Star Wars. I applaud the casting of the new movie. It's very diverse and is a positive step in the right direction.

The main cast of the Force Awakens. L-R Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. A diverse cast but needed cast.

I applaud Abrams for making this move. I hope that in future movies of Star Wars we see even more diversity. An even more of a positive statement is that Boyega and Ridley's character form a romantic relationship. If that is true (which I hope it is) that would be the most positive statement a movie can make. Star Wars is a global leader in the franchise universe. It has a huge following and people are influenced by things they love/follow. A mixed race relationship in Star Wars would be ideal to help break down narrow minded and bigoted views.

Are Boyega (Fin) and Ridley's (Rey) characters going to be the new romantic couple in this new trilogy?

So I am excited for the Force Awakens. As i said I love the cast. I think they have a brilliant director and hoping for a classic movie.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is out 18th December 2015.


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