On June 3, Star Wars actor John Boyega (Finn) joined in the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in London’s Hyde Park. British-born Boyega delivered an impassioned speech to the protestors and was even willing to put his livelihood on the line.
At one point during his speech at the protest rally, Boyega said, “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this..”
Now, fellow Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has become the latest member of the Disney and Lucasfilm family to express unwavering support for Boyega’s actions.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 3, 2020
In a Twitter post, Hamill wrote, “Never been more proud of you, John. <3, dad.”
Hamill and Boyega worked together on the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Hamill primarily appeared in Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, but also had scenes in Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
Who else has spoken out in support of John Boyega?
The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm issued a joint social media statement supporting Boyega’s protest participation:
“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 evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega, you are our hero.”
Star Wars producer J.J. Abrams also shared a heartfelt message for Boyega on Twitter, writing:
“You KNOW that as long as I’m allowed to keep working, I’ll always be begging to work with you. Deep respect and love, my friend.”
Abrams has also pledged to donate $10 million to charities that are working to fight racism.
What do you think about the Star Wars and Walt Disney family of companies standing behind John Boyega right now? Are you glad to see Mark Hamill support Boyega’s protest speech?