Even as a mixed race person, I was shocked given that they brought back the franchise presumably to maximise profits by giving audiences exactly what Lucas failed to deliver on after his first three films. He also isn't considered European looking AT ALL which is great but seemed risky...
Now, after seeing that last trailer, stereotypes being what they are, there's a certain physicality to the actor that I think he brings to the jedi role that Mark Hamill couldn't and wasn't really in Luke's character as a naive farm boy. Aside from this, I think it helps tell story because just as we are intersted to see how a black man will fit into the role of Jedi, so are we totally unsure of what his character is doing in this movie since he's more than likely not Luke's son (again not european looking at all but i could be wrong.)
My thing is--as someone who loves and wants to make movies--I don't want a film like this to be a political statement or be done because it's right to have multicultural casts. At the same time, it's totally believable that there wouldn't be racism in this universe so the idea that the race of lead jedi not mattering isn't ridiculous at all.
I now believe this was a great choice in casting not only because of the interesting dynamic it creates, but because he seems like a great actor. Your thoughts?
Most Helpful Girl
I think it's stupid. John seemed really great from what I saw in the trailers and in interviews. I like him. I'm excited to see these movies!1
Most Helpful Guy
I don't get the uproar. i'll judge the decision based on how the actor does portraying the character rather than making a decision based on his skin color1