The very first scene in the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer shows actor John Boyega popping into shot as a black Storm Trooper perspiring and panting hard in a desert (the rolling dunes of Tatooine perhaps?). Some fans took umbrage with there being a black Storm Trooper. Basing their fist shaking ignorance under the assumption the prequels reveal that all Storm Trooper were clones of Bounty Hunter Jango Fett.
Apparently these fans didn’t consider that in the time of the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, the Empire has been recruiting from general populations for years. Or, as other fans have pointed out, Boyega may not even be a Stormtrooper — he could be a rebel in a Stormtrooper uniform, like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Well, if you thought a black Storm Trooper ruffled a few feathers, how is the internet going to respond to a proposed female Storm Trooper?
BBC entertainment journalist Lizo Mzimba seemingly broke the news on Twitter that unknown English actress Amybeth Hargreaves had been cast as one of the elite soldiers in the Disney reboot.
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) January 16, 2015
However, it has not been confirmed whether the actress will play a credited female stormtrooper or if she could be playing a stunt double of cast member Gwendoline Christie. Gwendoline has been attached to the latest Star Wars movie for some time but there has been no confirmation for what part she would play apart from that she could play an important soldier of some sort.
With Emperor Palpatine out of the picture for some years, the Deathstar destroyed, the Empire’s foothold on the galaxy has wained. Ushering a new Empire for a new age, means accepting soldiers of all diversities and gender. It makes sense that we would see Stormtroopers of color and different sex.
The movie, the seventh in the Star Wars film series, is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.