Lucasfilm, Jordan Peele, other creators express support for 'Star Wars' star John Boyega after he joined protests
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Lucasfilm, the production company behind the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, Jordan Peele and other creators said they stand with John Boyega after the actor delivered an impassioned speech during a Black Lives Matter protest in London earlier this week

“Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message that, ‘Now is the time. Black lives have always mattered. Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something,’” the production company tweeted on Wednesday in its support of Boyega, who played Finn in the recent Star Wars films.

“The evil that is racism must stop,” the company continued. “We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega, you are our hero.”

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During the demonstration in London on Wednesday, which came as protests over the death of George Floyd have continued across the world in recent days, Boyega condemned racism, and said “Black lives have always mattered,” while pointing to the past deaths of Sandra Bland and Trayvon Martin, among others.

“I’m speaking to you from my heart," he added. "Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f--- that.”

However, since his comments, a number of creators have not only their voiced support for Boyega on social media, but have also pledged to work with him in future projects.

“We got you, John” Peele, the writer and director behind films like “Get Out” and “Us,” said in a tweet on Wednesday.

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Matthew A. Cherry, the director of the Academy Award-winning short film “Hair Love,” also said on Twitter that he would work with Boyega, and urged non-black creators “to affirm that they have his back as well.”

 

“Harry Potter” writer J.K. Rowling, who was involved with the film adaptations of her novels, said she would be “happy” to work with Boyega anytime.

 

“Any project. Any role he wants,” tweeted Seth Grahame-Smith, who produced Stephen King's 2017 film “It” and was the co-screenwriter for “The Lego Batman Movie."

 

“I have something great I would offer him today. Tell yer agents man,” Rodney Rothman, the screenwriter for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “Grudge Match,” tweeted.

Others also voiced their support for Boyega, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the hit broadway musical "Hamilton."

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