Star Wars Episode VII

Jonathan Salaver, Staff Writer

Star Wars fans are celebrating the first trailer unveiled online and in US cinema for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The newly released trailer consists of an 88-second preview for the new film. It is the first new edition to the series since 2005. The trailer features shots of the Millennium Falcon and the new T-shaped lightsaber. It is enough to have fans crying out for more information. The film reunites original stars like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. It is scheduled to release in cinemas on the 18th of December, 2015.

There has also been racial controversy over the new trailer. Actor John Boyega had four words for anyone who’s upset he is playing a black stormtrooper in the latest “Star Wars” film; “Get used to it.” The 22-year-old British actor posted the message on Instagram after his appearance in the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” aroused feverish discussion on social media. On YouTube, some questioned whether a black Stormtrooper made sense, while others reacted with racist remarks. “They’ll accept an alien-filled galaxy powered by ‘force’ but they’re not having a black man in uniform?” tweeted writer Iain Macintosh.

Despite the diversity of human and nonhuman characters mingling together in the fictional Star Wars universe, there have been just a handful of prominent black characters. Samuel L. Jackson played Jedi Master Mace Windu in three films, while Billy Dee Williams played Cloud City administrator turned Rebel General Lando Calrissian in two films. As fans continue to dissect the trailer, many have also 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.” Fans will have to wait a bit longer to find out more about Boyega’s character.