The Force wasn't the only thing that awakened when the new "Star Wars: Episode VII" teaser was released. The Internet stood up and took notice of every little detail, and it was hard to miss the showcase for actor John Boyega as a nervous-looking stormtrooper. Fans raised their eyebrows at any stormtrooper getting such prominence, and many were surprised to see a black stormtrooper. (Or at least a man dressed in that uniform; we can never make too many assumptions about the plot.)

BuzzFeed captured some of the reactions to the first black stormtrooper:


We can only imagine how a virtually unknown 22-year-old actor like John Boyega feels about being thrust into the spotlight like this. The British star kept things classy on Instagram, while subtly shading the fans in a tizzy over a black stormtrooper:

With love xxx

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Nice. Get used to it. Much better than calling the critics stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders. It's too soon to judge what's happening with Boyega's character, or judge much of anything about "The Force Awakens," other than to judge the fanbase just as passionate as ever. That's a good thing, right?

"Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens" opens on December 18, 2015.

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