Star Wars race row in China after black character is shrunk on posters for The Force Awakens British actor John Boyega, 23, appears much smaller on the Chinse poster Other characters, including Chewbacca, are also missing from the advert The sci-fi epic film is set to be released worldwide on December 17 By Katie Louise Davies For Mailonline Published: 09:40 EST, 4 December 2015 | Updated: 09:54 EST, 4 December 2015 508 shares 14 View comments A black actor who features in the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens has been shrunk from a poster promoting the movie in China - prompting a race row in the country. John Boyega, 23 - who plays lightsaber-wielding Finn - has appeared much smaller on the Chinese advertisement than the UK version. The British actor and lead role in the sci-fi epic is placed under Han Solo and Princess Leia, as TIE fighters firing upon the Millennium Falcon take up the right side of the poster. http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/12/04/13/2F0F0F7100000578-0-image-a-73_1449237466623.jpg +1 John Boyega, 23 - who plays lightsaber-wielding Finn - has appeared much smaller on the advertisement in China (right) than the UK version (left) Other characters Chewbacca and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron are missing, while droid BB-8 is much larger in the Chinese version. People took to Twitter to share their concerns, with one branding the move as 'horrific'. One user wrote: 'They actually removed John Boyega from the Star Wars poster in China...this world man.' Meanwhile, a message on Star Wars forum read: 'Every Asian poster for the film that I am aware of has decreased the size of Finn's image and or moved him further back into the background of the images of the posters. 'The fact that this way of doing business went over Westerners' heads is surprising. Everyone was acting as if JJ or the folks at Disney, for example, cut that Japanese trailer.' In a statement, John Hsu, of the Walt Disney Company, China, said: 'We are thrilled to bring Star Wars: The Force Awakens to China on January 9. http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/12/04/14/2EDC737A00000578-0-image-a-74_1449239132117.jpg Daisy Ridley and John Boyega (far) are pictured in a scene from the film which will be released worldwide on December 17 'We're excited to be rolling out our marketing campaign and to connect with new fans in China through Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'