A Woman Stormtrooper May Be Next For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

After the sight of John Boyega dressed in the iconic armor of Imperial Stormtrooper sent a certain, racist portion of Star Wars fandom up a wall, the franchise may soon be courting more buzz on the diversity front.

UK paper The Mirror has a report claiming that British actress Amybeth Hargreaves will appear as a Stormtrooper in JJ Abrams' secretive Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The news comes from a BBC journalist who attended the industry-heavy Spotlight UK conference, so it's about as unofficial as it gets.

The paper suggests any number of plot combinations that could put Hargreaves in the armor – including serving as an undercover agent or a double for Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie whose part in the sequel remains unknown. Whatever the details, it appears in some respects the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga may be pushing the diversity of that world further than some had guessed but maybe not as far as others had hoped.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec, 18, 2015.

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