Space race: How ‘Star Wars’ became a battleground for diversity

"Star Wars" may well be set long ago in a galaxy far, far away but it has become a battleground…

“Star Wars” may well be set long ago in a galaxy far, far away but it has become a battleground for a very modern debate over race, gender and sexuality that has sucked in fans and stars alike.

The new trilogy launched by Disney in 2015 has seen women and characters of color like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) take center stage — angering a vocal, toxic minority.

Asian-American actress Kelly Marie Tran, who became the franchise’s first leading actress of color in 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” was hounded off social media by racist and sexist abuse.

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