IN ACTION: John Boyega in his Stormtrooper role
ACTOR JOHN Boyega has hit back at fans who slammed the decision to cast him as a Stormtrooper in the latest Star Wars film.
Boyega, from Peckham, south London, took to his personal Instagram account after his appearance in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens received overtly racist comments.
"To whom it may concern... Get used to it,' the 22-year-old Brit wrote cryptically in an Instagram post."
The inclusion of a black Stormtrooper in the seventh instalment of the franchise became so controversial that it led to the hashtag #blackstormtrooper to surge as a trending topic on Twitter, with fans saying his presence in the movie creates a plot hole.
Twitter user @elletrix commented: "Youtube comments complaining about #BlackStormtrooper not being accurate but not the cast for prince of persia, exodus or noah?"
@iainmacintosh added: "Black Stormtrooper criticism? They’ll accept an alien-filled galaxy powered by ‘force’ but they’re not having a black man in uniform?"
Boyega, however, was mostly pleased with the reception he has received so far from fans, writing: "Thank you for all the love and support!
"The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn’t is crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I’m in the movie but as a star wars fan I am very excited! A year is a long time but it will be worth the wait."
Meanwhile, returning cast-members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were absent from the 88-second teaser, giving fans a first look at the younger generation featured in the new film.