Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega has responded to critics in the wake of the negative comments that followed the introduction of a black stormtrooper in the film's recent teaser trailer.
Boyega, who is rumored to be the film's lead, took to Instagram to offer his insight after the trailer's release last week, writing: "Thank you for all the love and support! The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn't it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I'm in the movie but as a star wars [sic] fan I am very excited."
Addressing concerns over the idea that a stormtrooper could be black, Boyega wrote: "To whom it may concern... Get used to it. :)"
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2015, takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The movie will include original trilogy actors such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew and Carrie Fisher.