(NEW YORK) — Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has weighed in on Hollywood’s diversity issue.
“I think the problem is slowly getting solved but nowhere near fast enough,” Abrams told E! News.
“I think we have to choose from a pool that’s representative of the country we live in,” the writer/director said. “I think studios need to step up and be aware of the need to make films, not just having actors that represent the population but writers, directors and crew members that do.”
Abrams added that diversity isn’t just good for the industry, but also for the box office.
“I think it’s good business,” Abrams added. “I think the movies will get better, the stories will get stronger and audiences will respond bigger and that’s good for the bottom line.”
Abrams is no stranger to the diversity conversation. The self-described lifelong Star Wars fan received pushback online when a 2014 Force Awakens trailer showed that he’d cast black British actor John Boyega as a Stormtrooper named Finn. In the Star Wars canon, Stormtroopers were all clones, none of which were black.
It certainly wasn’t a problem at the box office. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned over two billion dollars worldwide.
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Source: General Entertainment