Star Wars: 7 Black Characters You Should Know

These actors/actresses added to the magic and mystique of Star Wars

actor Samuel Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson (Image: Pinterest)

Today, on Dec. 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, was released in theaters. The first film in the sequel trilogy is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Force Awakens follows new leads, alongside characters from past installments.

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With Disney backing the film, and two sequels already scheduled for May 26, 2017 and 2019, respectively, The Force Awakens is projected to break box office records with profits exceeding $1 billion. With all the Star Wars talk in the news and among filmmakers, BlackEnterprise.com created a slideshow of five black main characters from various Star Wars films.

1. Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999

Character: Mace Windu

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