John Boyega wants POC storylines to be inclusive and important.
Earlier this year, John Boyega spoke to GQ about marginalizing his and other POC characters in Star Wars.
If you need a refresher, he said, "It's so difficult to maneuver […]. You get involved in projects and you won't necessarily like everything. [But] What I would say about Disney is not to bring out a black character to market them to be far more important than them in the franchise, and then let them be pushed aside. It's no good. I'll say it right away. "
These were harsh words that caught Disney's attention.
Disney recently asked Boyega to sit down with a manager there to work out these remarks and come up with a plan for how the studio can improve this in future films.
Speak to the Hollywood Reporter for one November storyBoyega expressed anger at the situation. He said he had "a very transparent conversation" with a Disney executive who came up about his Star Wars criticism.
"In the end, there were many explanations about how they saw things," he said. “They also gave me the opportunity to explain what my experience was like. I hope that at this stage I will be so open to my career and help the next man, the man who wants to be DOP's assistant, the man who wants to be a producer. I hope the conversation is not a taboo or an elephant in the room now because someone has just come and said it. "
Hopefully this is an evolution of the stories we see in the Star Wars universe.
Nuance and character development are important not only to the story, but also to an actor's success. If you can never show who you are and how to take an audience on a journey, then how can you expect to keep getting hired?
How can you be inspired to take on new roles?
Or work as a headliner and make a career?
These are systemic issues that need to be addressed across the industry. Kudos for Boyega speaking and Disney listening.
Let's see what happens next.