Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram has been warned about Star Wars racism

“If you have talking droids and aliens but no colored ones, it doesn’t make sense.”

Lucasfilm is aware of the dark side of Star Wars fandom.

After John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran faced racial harassment from fans following their respective roles in the recent Skywalker trilogy, the production company behind the franchise is preparing for a backlash against POC stars.

Moses Ingram, who plays a villainous inquisitor who hunts down the Jedi trainer (Ewan McGregor) in the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, revealed that ahead of the series’ May 27 premiere, Lucasfilm will

“It was something that Lucasfilm actually stood in front of and said, ‘This is a thing that’s unfortunately likely to happen. But we are here to help you; You can notify us when it happens,'” Ingram told The Independent.

Ingram noted that throughout production, Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow “put in place the right systems to make me feel safe while we were getting the job done.” “Of course there are always herds of hate,” Ingram said. “But I have no problem with the lock button.”

The Queen’s Gambit alumna stars alongside McGregor and Hayden Christensen, as well as Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, after Jedi were murdered under Order 66 when Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) turned to the dark side as Sith Lord Darth Vader. Obi-Wan lives on Tatooine and watches a young Luke Skywalker as the fate of the Empire hangs in the balance and the Inquisitor (Ingram) tracks him down.

“‘Obi-Wan’ will bring the greatest variety I think we’ve ever seen in the galaxy before,” Ingram added. “It’s long overdue for me. If you have talking droids and aliens but no colored ones, it doesn’t make sense. It’s 2022, you know. So we are only at the beginning of this change. But I think starting this change is better than never having started it.”

Boyega previously revealed he had a “very honest, very transparent conversation” with Disney executives after speaking out about the franchise’s marginalization of black characters. “I hope the conversation isn’t such a taboo or elephant in the room now because someone just came up and said it,” Boyega added.

The Last Jedi actress Tran also wrote an essay for The New York Times in 2018 reflecting on her Star Wars backlash as a woman of color.

“Her words seemed to validate what I had already learned growing up as a woman and a person of color: that I belong in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories,” Tran wrote. “Her words reinforced a narrative I’d heard my entire life: that I was ‘different,’ that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough simply because I wasn’t like her.”

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