Female Leads In Star Wars


With the release of The Force Awakens and the forthcoming Rogue One film, the use of a heroine in-lieu of the traditional male lead has caused a lot of head-scratching from the so-called devotees of the franchise. There are several reasons that this is the case, and perhaps it is time to shed a little light on the situation.

Star Wars, in general, has been comprised of numerous films spanning decades of time. While the original trilogy (4-6) featured a shared lead male role with Han and Luke, you cannot deny that the opportunities for defeating the Death Star, and ultimately the believed destruction of the Empire could not have been possible without Princess Leia.

But with Episode VII:

artworkThe Force Awakens, the franchise wanted to give its new audience a rebirth to a familiar story. Much like Luke in Episode IV, Rey comes from a low standing. She is someone that is unclear of her role in the larger picture but realises that she needs to do what she can to thwart The First Order (a mirroring of The Empire from the original trilogy).

This day and age, more than almost any other point in history, is about equality of women and men. The most significant and popular franchises of books and films currently are featuring strong female leads. With this changing tide, the upcoming films for Star Wars needed to follow suit.

Rey personifies the same kind of spirit and tenacity seen in the prequel trilogy with Luke and Leia’s mother, Padme. It would only be fitting that, with the vast belief that Rey is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, she might take after her grandmother and aunt.

All this being said, expect more strong female characters in the upcoming Rogue One and through the completion of this current trilogy. Finn is going to take on a supporting role to the abilities that Rey soon learns how to master, with the help of her new mentor of course.



Rogue One: Needed or Not?

There is a camp of individuals that believe that the forthcoming release of Rogue One is an unnecessary addition to the Star Wars film franchise.

It has been deemed a movie intended solely to capitalize on the revitalization of the hit film series and nothing more.

However, there are some serious arguments as to why you not only need to watch this movie for yourself but as to why it deserves its spot in the filmography.

For one, the story sets the stage for what would be Episode IV: A New Hope. This new story (which isn’t new at all to those who follow the novelizations of the Star Wars canon) follows a group of rebellion fighters as they devise and execute the greatest heist in the galaxy.

a-shadowtrooperThese guys are going after the plans for the Death Star. So the first point as to why this is a legitimate and necessary film: the plot follows the canon and gives you some insight into just how the rebellion got those plans in the first place.

Secondly, Star Wars is a lot more than Jedi and Sith. While there have been numerous memorable characters that have shown that they can hold their own (even without the use of the force), this film is going to nearly exclusively steer away from the need to have Jedi or Sith involved. If you recall, almost all of the Jedi have been eradicated coming into Episode IV. So it’s about how substantial and crafty the growing rebellion was at this time.

Rogue One is going to be a great story that will be as informative as it is fun to watch. As someone who considers themselves an authority on all things Star Wars, it is quite exciting to see a little about the events that were done in the aftermath of Episode III, but what would set such an important course for characters that weren’t even introduced to the rebellion until Episode IV.

All in all, Rogue One will end up being revered to most as a welcomed bridge between the prequel trilogy and the original 3. With this film being a success, and only if it is successful, more of these in between films will likely be popping up in the years to come.

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