Yesterday’s cast announcement for Star Wars: Episode VII brought on a lot of excitement but it also brought a lot of shaking heads and questions. Most importantly, why was there only one new female character (played by Daisy Ridley) and a plethora of male characters? Why didn’t J.J. Abrams and his team come up with more parts for women?
Well, maybe they did. But will it be enough?
New reports are saying that there is another major female role in Episode VII. This news will make many happy, though the cast will definitely still be full of more men than women in the end. Not to harp on this but it’s just not right that there are only two – two! – female characters in a franchise about an entire galaxy. Sure, Ridley might be playing an important lead role but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be more supporting female roles. It’s about fairness, sure, but it’s also about reality. There are more women than men, even in a galaxy far, far away.
As you might remember, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o was a rumored choice for the film back when nobody knew anything about the cast. Speculation suggests that she’ll be playing the upcoming female role and obviously that’s a great choice. But don’t bet on Nyong’o just yet, Abrams has proven that he can throw us a curveball (Andy Serkis?! Max von Sydow?!). While Luptira would be a wonderful addition, her selection isn’t written in stone.
It’s good that Episode VII will have more female roles, though it’ll take more work before the cast is truly even. I don’t want them to just fill a quota, obviously I want quality as well as quantity. It’s just a bummer that the most anticipated cast list in ages is announced and it’s full of a whole lot of dudes and very few ladies. This is Star Wars, J.J. Abrams has a massive universe to do whatever he wants. Let’s hope he takes the lead and shows other modern blockbusters what equality truly looks like.
Source: Geek Tyrant