Over the years, Star Wars has always been kind of a “boys only” club. Obviously, when The Force Awakens was announced and the photo of the cast during the first table read came out, many people cried foul when there weren’t many females included in the photo. In fact, the only women in the photo were Daisy Ridley and Carrie Fisher. However, it appears that Disney has heard those cries and it seems they are working to change things behind the scenes.

As more information was revealed about The Force Awakens, we slowly learned that a couple more women would join the ranks in more important roles. Gwendoline Christie is, of course, playing Captain Phasma and Lupita Nyong’o will be playing the part of Maz Kanata. Fans can also expect Felicity Jones who will be starring in the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Still, the issue of gender inequality remains an issue. But now steps are being taken to address this problem for future Star Wars films. According to a recent LA Times report, their studies have concluded that the number of female writers and directors in Hollywood is much lower than what film school statistics have reported them to be. It’s because of this that people have begun to have closed door meetings to address this problem.

Adriana Alberghetti, an agent for director Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland), and more has already gotten meetings for four female directors and three female screenwriters to work on future Star Wars projects. While this sounds like a move in the right direction, you have to keep in mind that Star Wars VIII & IX already have their writers and directors picked out. So it won’t be until after 2020 when a woman takes the reigns of a Star Wars film. Even then, nothing is guaranteed.

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In a recent interview, J.J. Abrams did have this to say regarding his hopes for the future of the franchise,

“Star Wars was always a boys thing and a movie that dads could take their sons to, and though that’s still very much the case, I was really hoping that this would be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well. I’m looking forward to kids seeing this movie and seeing themselves in it and seeing that they’re capable of doing things that they could never imagine possible.”

Well, there you have it. What do you folks think about this issue in Hollywood? What actresses would you like to see take the lead in future Star Wars films? What about behind the scenes? Let us know in the comment section below.

Star Wars The Force Awakens comes out in theaters on December 18.

Source: Screenrant

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