LONDON-BORN actor John Boyega has thanked his parents for allowing him “to make the right choices and pursue my dream with no guarantees” ahead of his debut in the latest instalment of the hit Star Wars franchise.
The 23-year-old star, who was born in Peckham, south London, takes on the role of Stormtrooper Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o – his biggest film role to date.
“Thanks Samson and Abigail for raising me with the help of God to make the right choices and pursue my dream with no guarantees,” he wrote on Instagram. “I hope everyone will be motivated to take ownership of your life. Treat your time here with respect and use the force.”
The inclusion of a black Stormtrooper in the seventh instalment of the franchise became so controversial last year that it led to the hashtag #blackstormtrooper to surge as a trending topic on Twitter, with fans saying his presence in the movie creates a plot hole.
“Being in such a position has its ups and downs. You’re open to the opinion of the world! Not only about the movie but about yourself,” he added.
“I just wanted to tell my supporters how thankful I am for your kind words and continued support.”
In September, Royal Mail announced the actor would feature on a limited edition stamp to mark the film’s release.
The stamps, illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, depict nine iconic characters from the first six films and three from the forthcoming film: Rey, Finn (Boyega) and Kylo Ren.
Boyega had a breakthrough role in 2011’s Attack The Block, but it is his role as Finn that is set to make him a worldwide star.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment in the film franchise directed by JJ Abrams, will be released on December 17 and will feature much of the original cast as well as some new faces.