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Star Wars' Han Solo Movie Breaks New Ground, Will Have Two Black Actors On Screen In Same Movie

Written by Tim Midura on Tuesday, March 07 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Star Wars' Han Solo Movie Breaks New Ground, Will Have Two Black Actors On Screen In Same Movie

James Earl Jones was only a voice-over, while Ahmed Best and Lupita Nyong’o were CGI characters.


Source: Variety

Star Wars isn't really known for its diversity. Space operatic storytelling? Yes. Diversity? Not so much. Until now. The untitled Han Solo solo movie has cast Michael K. Williams in an unknown role, the second black actor in the film after Donald Glover. Slow progress a long, a long time ago.

The original trilogy had Billie Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, while James Earl Jones did the voiceover for a white actor. The prequels had Sam Jackson as Mace Windu, while Ahmed Best portrayed the comic relief/negative example of a CGI Jar Jar BinksEpisode I did also include Hugh Quarshie in a minor role as Captain Panaka, though. While Episode VII starred John Boyega as Finn, it relegated Lupita Nyong'o to the CGI Maz Kanata.

The Han Solo solo movie is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke and is set to release in 2018.





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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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