Star Wars Episode VII will be a total sausage fest

For the uninitiated, J.J. Abrams, director of the latest Star Trek films, Super 8, and co-creator of Lost has been given the opportunity to write, direct, and produce the next Star Wars sequel (currently subtitled The Ancient Fear), which will be (mostly) George Lucas-free. Personally, I had lost track of Abrams’s Star Wars plans until the recent cast picture was released.

Some may remember that the original Star Wars was nearly devoid of women. Like, in a big way. Apparently, it took place in a universe where most of the female population had died of Space Cancer and men reproduced asexually.

Most people who care—and I happen to care—chalk this up to Lucas and his overall failure to comprehend women as characters, instead of as womenfolk. As strange and majestic creatures wholly different to normal men like himself. So now that the franchise has been purchased by Disney and handed over to someone a bit more… coherent, many had high hopes that Abrams would correct this bizarre gender imbalance.

That hope is unfortunately a bit naïve.

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Let’s talk about Star Trek for a moment. This is coming from someone who actually enjoyed the reboot quite a bit. The man can make an entertaining movie, nerd rage be damned. I respect that he has a clear vision of what he wants and isn’t afraid to screw with canon to make a good movie.

But one of the unfortunate consequences of Abrams’s reboot is that it preserves the gender makeup of a series that first aired in 1966, when female characters on action shows were still pretty rare. This means the version of Star Trek that came out in 2009 had significantly less positive female characters than The Next Generation, even though the latter came out twenty years prior.

Star Wars Episode VII will be a total sausage fest

What’s worse, Abrams and his writers don’t seem to know how to use the few female characters they do have. Abrams took Uhura, a groundbreaking character, and turned her into a hollow love interest for Spock. And in the sequel, Carol Marcus does little of note besides parade around in her underwear.

Star Wars Episode VII will be a total sausage fest

So, it wasn’t really a surprise when the cast photo of the new Star Wars film was released, and there was only one new female face in the group. Fans have theorized that the new character (played by Daisy Ridley) might be Han Solo and Princess Leia’s daughter, which is not a huge stretch, considering Han and Leia had kids in the Expanded Universe.

Speaking of the Expanded Universe, have you seen Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

Star Wars Episode VII will be a total sausage fest

It’s a show geared towards kids, but you wouldn’t know that with all the dying and lightsaber impaling going on. After being forced to watch it, I was surprised at how good it actually was. So good, in fact, I was retroactively more pissed at George Lucas for screwing up the prequels so badly. The series follows the same general story arc of Anakin going over to the dark side, with the major difference being it’s done quite well. This show had me caring about stormtroopers… Stormtroopers!

And it just so happens to feature some of the most developed female characters in the entire Star Wars universe. In one particular episode, two female Jedi were fighting a female Sith. With lightsabers! They were talking and having complex feelings about moral greyness! My cup runneth over!

It’s unlikely we’ll get any scenes like that in Star Wars Episode VII: Whatever They End Up Calling It—at least, not with only one woman in the main cast. Is there any chance the new film will add more female characters before it wraps? The only way I see that happening is if Disney puts pressure on Abrams to include more females—it would certainly sell more merchandise (if that happens, I’m hoping for appearances from some of the popular Clone Wars characters like Ahsoka Tano and Ventress). But I fear that left to his own devices, Abrams’s Star Wars will end up looking a lot like Abrams’s Star Trek. Which is to say: very entertaining, but very safe regarding gender roles. If the movie is a disappointing sausage fest, don’t despair. We’ll always have The Clone Wars.

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  • Nice piece, I just have a couple of corrections – THE CLONE WARS is not a part of the Expanded Universe, it’s actually 100% canon and exists alongside the films. Also, JJ Abrams has yet to cast another female lead in the film, but that announcement is imminent.

    • Dex_Meridian

      I guess I’ve always misunderstood the canon protocol for Star Wars. I was under the impression that everything in the Expanded Universe fit together as canon with the films.
      Then at one point, I heard Lucas had made the ruling: anything outside his 6 films was not canon. Of course, he may have taken that back when the Clone Wars pilot movie came out in the cinema (awful decision, financially speaking). The problem with shoving that series into ‘canon’ is that Ahsoka is never once mentioned or remembered again. If the series is canon, Ahsoka is the Chuck Cunningham of the Star Wars universe, and I guess that makes Anakin surfing on a big lizard on Naboo to impress a girl the shark-jump.

      • $36060516

        I don’t think it was Lucas who made that decision, it was Disney after they bought Star Wars. The official announcement only happened last month.

        But Lucas said during some interview he never even read any of that Expanded Universe stuff himself, so he probably didn’t have a great interest in it as anything other than a revenue stream from people who couldn’t get enough light saber.

      • It’s easy now that Disney clarified things with a press release about a month ago: Movies, Clone Wars, and new animated series Rebels = canon. Everything outside of that = not. :)

      • And then there were the Clone Wars novels…which are once again “Expanded Universe” status. The Clone Wars animation series is more or less impossible to reconcile with the novels. At this point the Expanded Universe stuff is closer to Alternate Universe…

  • Hitchmeister

    Are you suggesting that “The Ancient Fear” of Star Wars episode VII might be cooties? ;-)

    • Jay_Bay

      *dabbles on a chalkboard, filling it up*

      It all makes sense now…

  • $36060516

    Not looking forward to the sadly predictable arrival of at least two or three sarcasm and insult-spitting dismissive white men furious that anything related to gender or race is being questioned in relation to pop culture. “LEAVE MY WHITE MALE CHILDHOOD ALONE!!!!”

    • Nah, it actually sucks. The suits at Hollywood can’t see beyond their dicks, and it is sad.

  • Were you expecting this to be any different? Every major contemporary film franchise is dominated by men, even the YA adaptations ala Twilight are. Yes it sucks, we don’t have to like it and it’s weird in this time and age, but in a man dominated industry it is how it is, sadly.

    “Most people who care—and I happen to care—chalk this up to Lucas and his
    overall failure to comprehend women as characters, instead of as
    womenfolk.”

    Or he just followed what inspired him, namely old Flash Gordon serials and stuff like that, which introduced women as prizes only, at least Princess Leia got to kick some ass since the first time she showed up, which is remarkable for the time, I guess.

    • Rockatansky

      Certainly Lucas was using his love for Flash Gordon, etc. as a spring-board for Star Wars, but even in “American Graffiti” the female characters are fairly flat and uninspired (with the possible exception of Candy Clark). Lucas, as a filmmaker at least, is a traditionalist at heart.

      • That he is, a traditionalist. I remember him saying something about him not doing “evil chicks” at some point, which probably means he can’t see women as viable villains and that supports your statement.

        • Thomas Stockel

          That’s pretty pathetic, really. Some of the most interesting bad guys can be women. Maleficent, anyone? In comics The X-Men’s White Queen was a legitimate bad ass for years before she was ruined. How about Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate? Chills, man. She gave me chills. I can’t wait to see Eva Green evil it up this Summer in Sin City.

          • Rockatansky

            To be fair, I think his traditionalism worked very well for the first film in 1977. Movies were very different back then, and Star Wars’ return to good guy/bad guy dynamics and moral certainty were the exception rather than the rule.

            His views are dated now, however, and it’s unfortunate that Disney and Abrams seem to be following Lucas’ lead rather than taking the franchise in a bold, new direction.

    • Magdalen

      Your statement makes it sound as though we’re helpless to consume the media that’s being given to us. George Lucas can make whatever crap he wants and he can suck at female character creation all he wants. But the audience has a right to respond and say, “this isn’t what we want.” Constructive criticism is important for any medium and that doesn’t change just because you made Star Wars. That’s my take at least.

      • Oh, I agree with you on that. Problem is that the public at large won’t do it and will instead consume what they’re offered as “it’s there already”, that’s something I’ve seen plenty of times, people settling for what’s there because there isn’t something better.
        It’s really a vicious circle that’s incredibly difficult to break, I’m afraid.

      • Zyz
        • Magdalen

          True, there is definitely room for both to exist. The issue most people take is that currently one overwhelmingly drowns out the other. Hollywood revolves around white men and white men’s stories. Nothing wrong with white men, but that leaves a VAST number of people unrepresented and left out. And the art we create often reinforces our perspective of the world.

          This hypothetical would only work if ethnic women had once ruled the world and subjugated entire populations who are still dealing with the effects of said subjugation. It’s difficult for us as modern people to really grasp how incredibly unfair our world still is because of things that happened before we were born. Hell, before our parents were born. Just because WE didn’t do it personally doesn’t mean we don’t have responsibility to fix things. It’s not fair, but I would say bigotry is like… unfairerer.

          • Zyz
          • Magdalen

            Most people don’t actively think it. It’s ingrained on a subconscious level. Most people wont say, “I don’t want more women on the cast.” they would (and often do) just not think to add them. It’s that icky, awkward feeling people sometimes get when men cry in public. Latent sexism, while unintentional, is still sexism.

            it’s good that you don’t feel like you’ve experienced bigotry. That’s awesome, for real. I’m not being sarcastic. It’s not, however, an experience that everyone gets to have.

            Like I said, no one is demanding they add more women. This is all about making voices heard and telling directors what we want to see. Star Wars is a franchise. A business. It was written to hopefully be successful and it was, no thanks to Lucas himself. Yes, there is art in it, but Hollywood is first and foremost a business. You can always make an indie film on your own dime.

            They want my money? I want more diversity in the movies I watch. They can cater to that or not. It’s up to them.

          • Rockatansky

            As an aside, I watched the first two episodes of “China Beach” last night for the first time in decades. It was not only an amazingly good show, but I had actually forgotten that women made up the bulk of the lead cast. And I forgot that because they weren’t really “Hollywood women,” so to speak. They weren’t there for eye-candy or to be the girlfriend or wife…they were there as strong, three-dimensional characters on a well-written drama. This was in 1987, and I’m racking my brain a bit trying to remember if there’s been a show that has treated women as well since.

          • DarthYan

            Janeway was utterly incompetent though. She made deals with the Borg

  • Jay_Bay

    No offense to the great Lady Nycea. I am big fan, yes? But I must say this…

    WHERE THE FUCK IS LANDO!?

    • MichaelANovelli

      Right?

      • The_Stig

        I too am disappointed that Lando’s not going to be along for the ride. There’s one of two possibilities:

        A: They didn’t ask him
        B: They asked, but he said no.

        • $36060516

          Sub-reason B1: They asked, but low-balled him on the pay offer, so he said no.

          • The_Stig

            That’s not cool. This is freaking Lando.

          • Thomas Stockel

            Lando was one of the best aspects of Empire Strikes Back and it would be a shame not to see him in the new movies. :(

          • Muthsarah

            He really was (well…”best” might be pushing it, since there was sooooo much good everywhere in that movie), which is something I’d never really thought about. He doesn’t show up until the final 45 minutes or so, he’s never the biggest character on screen in any scene, and he’s not remotely over-the-top. But if you focus on what he does, he’s both restrained, a bit guarded, conflicted, disgusted, desperate, and finally heroic.

            You just don’t see characters do that these days. Usually when a small role gets attention, it’s when a Walken or Pacino or someone similar has a cameo, takes over a whole scene, and acts really, really Walkenish or Pacino-y, or a recognizable comic actor comes in and just acts goofy for five minutes. Lando was a good, believable character role that could have easily distracted from the plot. Instead, he blended right in. I had never really noticed how well Billy Dee did it.

            Rewatch!

          • The_Stig

            Don’t forget he’s also cooler than the other side of the pillow.

          • Jay_Bay

            That is just a Colt 45 Malt Liquor bonus, Stig.

          • JD

            And was wearing hans cloths at the end.

        • Jay_Bay

          Based on Billy Dee’s Twitter (that I read from somewhere, wish I knew where), they have yeah to ask him. Which is a shame. I’m not even a fan of the Star Wars saga, but I luvs me some Lando.

    • I get the feeling the closest to Lando we’ll get is one of his children. :(

      • Thomas Stockel

        In other words, a cast of thousands! Nothing less from the smooth talkin’, cape wearin’, heart stealin’ gambling man…

  • Zyz
    • MichaelANovelli

      There really aren’t all that many scenes with just women, together. That’s why the Bechdel test exists (and gets used incorrectly). The reason so many diverse casts get pegged as pandering is because so many screenwriters have no idea how to write for non-whites or females. The problem isn’t diversity, it’s assuming that diversity is some magic bullet panacea for not being ethnocentric all the time.

    • Magdalen

      I see your point. But it’s a business and business is all about supply and demand. if Hollywood wasn’t pushed by the changing values of America to adapt we would not have black people in film, or anyone LGBT.

      Take Disney for example. Left to their own devices they would probably be comfortable recreating fairy tales with the same old backwards thinking. But the audience’s values have changed over the years. We no longer want blank faced Barbie princesses who are weak and only want their prince to save them. That began a backlash, people started speaking up and criticizing Disney for their products. Because of that criticism, they’re beginning to change their product accordingly. Slowly but surely we’re getting more characters like Merida and Elsa. Not perfect, but worlds apart from the passive ones we used to have. And Disney is actually making a crap ton of money off their new product because they’re being forced to change with the times.

  • The_Stig

    Generally, I don’t trust JJ Abrams as a director. He’s very hit or miss, and Star Trek for me, was more or less a miss. I liked both of those films, but they were god awful. That said, his vision of Star Trek proved one thing above all — He’s better suited to direct Star Wars.

  • Wizkamridr

    I am looking more forward to the upcoming power rangers movie. Have fun watching Han and Chewie in wheel chairs. Just kidding.

  • JD

    So all the books that were written with permission from lucasfilms and were only given permission to do so on lucas’s approval that they are “canon” are not anymore?
    And i can stop hating RA Salavatore for killing off Chewbacca? :)

  • doc

    Boohoo. The whole cast hasn’t even been announced yet. Just a major players.

  • Gallen Dugall

    The problem with Jar Jar Abrams is that his movies are dumb. Not “telling a very simple story” dumb either, but “stupidly complex to hide the fact that nothing is making any sense” dumb. Very much a connect the dots director who creates kewl scenes linked together only theoretically.

  • Moppet

    I’ve long been trying to convince people the Clone Wars series was worth watching, and much better than some of those who have seen it give the show credit for. Asoka herself gets a lot of flack for existing at all, but, personally, she’s grown on me quite a bit, and in the way a character should grow. I haven’t watched the latest season yet, but if the end of the last season I did watch (which I won’t mention just in case anyone reading the comments hasn’t seen it) is any clue then we’re going interesting places with Asoka.

    The Clone Wars series has made the fall to the dark side of Anakin more believable, for myself, and, more importantly, has actually gotten me to like characters, like Anakin that I previously just couldn’t attach to. How Anakin is portrayed in the Clone Wars series is exactly what I was expecting from the prequels and never, not even once, experienced in the actual prequels. The note about the Clones themselves is even more telling, I cared about some of these clones, and the stories from their perspectives, outlining their struggles and missions, is just plain lovely.

    Maybe that’s not what you wanted to convey with this article. I get that, but I wanted to back that portion up, because the Clone Wars series really is worth watching. As for the Star Wars films yet to come, and female characters? Female characters that are written well, and developed well, is something I want to see in Star Wars, especially in the new films. We haven’t seen the entire cast yet, so, I’ll reserve my worries on “number” until we actually see the final cast, so, really, my worry right now is whether or not the females characters that will be there are well written.

    One of the female characters axed by Disney, when they axed everything but the 6 movies and the Clone Wars series, that we lost, was the Exile. Obsidian crafted a player character that could be male or female, but the canon experience was, apparently, a light side female Exile. I played through like that, and I’ve always liked the story of the Exile. If we’re really starting fresh with the Star Wars universe then I hope, if not in the films, then in the side stories from games, books and whatever else they do besides the films, we see some great new characters.

    As for Abrams and the new Star Wars movies, well, I’m trying really hard to just settle myself and be hopeful. I want things to be better, and get better, I never want to see bad things or to see things fail. So, yeah, I’ll just try to remain hopeful.

  • Confused male

    You’re even complaining about the lack of gender balance in the original Star Wars? Okay, which male characters would you like to have seen as females instead? Vader? Kenobi? Solo? Who?

    • Magdalen

      Why should already established characters be changed in gender? There’s no reason popular characters like Ventress, Aayla Secura, or Ashoka Tano couldn’t make an appearance. Did you even read the article?

      • Confused male

        Yes, I read it, but apparently you didn’t. Here’s a quotation from the article, criticizing the original Star Wars movie for not having enough female characters:

        “Some may remember that the original Star Wars was nearly devoid of women. Like, in a big way. Apparently, it took place in a universe where most of the female population had died of Space Cancer and men reproduced asexually.”

        And then in the next sentence the author wrote, “I happen to care.”

        To address the complaint that the original Star Wars didn’t have enough female characters, I asked which characters the author would like to have seen as females instead. I didn’t ask her which already established characters should be *changed* to females. At the time of the original Star Wars film, the characters weren’t already established, and that’s one of the movies the author criticized for not having enough female characters.

        No one bothered answering my question, possibly because it’s really obvious that all the male characters in the original Star Wars movie work better as males than they would have worked as females, which is why the gender imbalance in that movie is not a problem.

        • Okay, here’s a list of the male characters in the original Star Wars movie that I think could have worked as females:

          Luke Skywalker
          Han Solo
          Grand Moff Tarkin
          Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
          C-3PO
          R2-D2
          Chewbacca
          Darth Vader
          Uncle Owen
          Chief Jawa
          General Dodonna
          General Willard
          Red Leader
          Red Two
          Red Three
          Red Four
          Red Six
          Gold Leader
          Gold Two
          Gold Five
          General Taggi
          General Motti
          Commander #1

          Does that answer your question?

          • Sofie Liv

            Female Jabba the Hut would have been a total pimping idea X)

            Except, then we wouldn’t have slave Leia in mini skirt but Han Solo in a thong.. not that I would complain about that at all… unless female Jabba is so alien that to her race, gender doesn’t matter and she is totally into earth females!

          • MichaelANovelli

            Well, Jabba was some kind of slug, obviously, so I’m pretty sure that would have made him a hermaphrodite, or, at least, a sequential hermaphrodite…

          • Gallen_Dugall

            yep the bias is for the two mainstream genders, no credit is given for thinking outside that box

          • Endorenna

            Well, according to the EU, Hutts are indeed hermaphrodites; in fact, the Han Solo trilogy features a Hutt who turned himself into a female and had a baby with herself, if I remember correctly,

          • MichaelANovelli

            I always kinda thought C-3PO *was* a woman…

          • Confused male

            My question was “which male characters would you like to have seen as females instead,” meaning, who are the characters whose transformation into females would’ve improved the movie. You answered by mentioning characters who could’ve been female, which is a different question. And even the question you answered isn’t particularly interesting. Any and all of those characters could indeed have been made female, but with a lot of them, making them female would’ve made them work less well and would’ve made the movie less effective. Except for the minor characters and the ones whose genders are nonexistent or less than obvious, the characters you listed all work better as male. Vader, in particular, would’ve been a far less effective character as a female.

          • “My question was “which male characters would you like to have seen as females instead,”

            Ah, okay. Same answer.

            “Vader, in particular, would’ve been a far less effective character as a female.”

            Why is that?

        • MichaelANovelli

          Um, she kinda wrote it…

        • Magdalen

          Oh I see, I understand your question now. I don’t have any particular problem with any characters gender, I don’t think anyone would have worked better as a woman. The original trilogy is what it is, George Lucas has lady problems- whatever. But since the problem is so obvious and has been critiqued for years, I think given that the series is getting rebooted we could address the original problem. Abrams stated he would be starting from scratch and throwing out canon. He could do it easily, but probably wont.

          The gender imbalance IS a problem if you care about representation which, as I have stated, I happen to care. If you don’t care then you don’t care. Not my problem. I encourage you to write your own article about how you don’t care.

          • The_Stig

            Yeah, I agree with you. Female representation was almost completely absent in the original Star Wars trilogy and this needs to be fixed in the sequels…and I believe it will be.

            That said, as far as female role models go Princess Leia was a character way ahead of her time. She might have gotten taken prisoner early in the film but that was only because she was acting as a spy using her diplomatic immunity to smuggle information to the Rebels. She was anything but a damsel in distress. Yes, the main plot was that she needed to be rescued, but it wasn’t because she was weak. It was because she was being held in the most secure area in the heart of the Empire’s new state of the art genocide machine. If she could have escaped by herself, she probably would have. Even after she did get captured, what did she do? She mouthed off to both Vader AND Tarkin, refused to break under torture, made a sarcastic remark at the guy who rescued her, proved herself very useful in a fight as they escaped the Death Star during which she was snarking at the men who were trying to save her and was a very capable leader in the Rebellion and to top it all off, it’s the handsome, charming misunderstood bad boy who falls for -her-, not the other way around….and that was just in the first movie.

            The Empire’s reach spanned the entire galaxy, yet their iron grip still could not break her. If it’s female role models in science fiction you’re looking for, you’d be hard pressed to find better than Leia. She doesn’t use sexuality as a weapon, she’s every bit as smart and tough as the boys (and I would even say more so) while still being feminine, she gets her hands dirty and she doesn’t need to have any character traits that make her special or ‘better’ than the male characters to be who she is, nor does she need her relationship with a man to define her as a character. She’s just made of awesome and she is by far the female sci-fi character I would want my daughter looking up to most.

            What sucked was that there was only one of her.

    • $36060516

      I’d like to see Obi Wan played by Whoopi Goldberg. She did a pretty good job of it in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  • Guestieguest

    Personally, and I know this is a weird concept, but I really could not care less about having far fewer female leads than male leads as long as the movie is any good. I wouldn’t care if it were reversed and 90% of the cast were female instead of male as long as the characters were written well and the movie were good. You know why? BECAUSE I JUST WANT STAR WARS TO BE GOOD AGAIN! Can we just have a GOOD Star Wars movie before we start pushing our individual preferences for race, gender, etc onto it? Make everyone black, make everyone a woman, make everyone a friggin’ duck for all I care, just have a decent script and some competent directing and give me something that I can at least say doesn’t suck the joy from my sci-fi geek soul. Then maybe we can worry about gender equality and race relations in the new trilogy.

    • Magdalen

      I always liked the idea of creating a really good plot, making a list of all the characters and then rolling some D20’s or something to decide how the characters are born. “Huh, so the main characters were born a gay Asian man and a straight black women…okie dokie! Haha

      I definitely see your point, I mean what’s the point of having a diverse cast if the movies going to suck? But I feel it’s also kind of reductive. It’s important to question the WHY. Why is it so hard to get representation for anyone who isn’t a straight white man in films that are supposed to be for everyone? Why does it have to be pushed for? The answer is (partly) studio pressure.

      A lot of money goes into making these films and the studios job is to make sure the make their money back and then some. One of the ways they do that is by avoiding risky casting and character choices. Opting for “safer” options that the general audience is more comfortable with. But catering to that also involves consistently excluding anyone who doesn’t fit that mold.

      • Guestieguest

        I agree and see your point. Hopefully in the next one we’ll get a little more diversity. Things are getting better in geek films, though sometimes the change is more forced than flowing and it just backfires giving execs yet another excuse. Like that truly abysmal Wonder Woman pilot from a few years back. Now they’re too skittish to even CONSIDER a stand alone Wonder Woman movie while Marvel is releasing a movie starring a talking raccoon and a tree voiced by Vin Deisel.

        Let’s just hope this movie is awesome and they then take more of a chance with the second one and hit that out of the park as well. Then there’s less of a chance for blowback and regression.

      • JD

        they have to appeal to the LCD to get the most cash from the general viewers.
        which is why they “rebooted” Trek rather then write something original in the trek universe that wasn’t Kirk and Spock again.
        maybe not write something original but to take a chance on the general public accepting a new set of trek characters.

  • craigvan

    Sorry but you’re out of line on this. It’s more of a guy’s action movie, as the title “Star Wars” would indicate. So the gender balance is not out of the ordinary.

    • So, which part of the title is for guys only, going to the stars or fighting in wars?

      • craigvan

        Obviously “wars”.
        Wars are mostly fought by men.
        It still need a princess with a goofy hairdo, who has an incestuous relationship with her brother.

        • Muthsarah

          Wars fought with steel weapons, full-body armor, and/or sixty-pound backpacks, sure, I can understand male predominance (though we’re assuming that in this galaxy far, far away, male and female musculature must be identical to ours). But wars fought with spaceships, blasters, and mind-magic leave plenty of room for gender balance.

          Fantasy has less restrictions, and Star Wars is nothing if not fantasy. There’s no good reason to sideline female characters in this universe. Leia handled her blaster better than any of the “male” Stormtroopers, and I can’t see any reason why a female character couldn’t pilot an X-Wing or command a frigate or whatever.

    • Magdalen

      So men automatically don’t want to see women in movies? It’s just all men all the time because women shouldn’t be a part of sci fi and sci fantasy? It is, by the way, a fantasy. Not that that matters because some of the most badass action movies of all time starred women.

      Also, is that the way it IS or the way it should be?

    • Sofie Liv

      I’m a girl I like light saber battles.. I like sci fi, I like fantasy, I like the idea of space knights slashing through monsters, I like Star Wars.

      I’ve spend many hours on my piano playing the Star Wars theme, because it’s awesome, as well as the imperial March.

      Your assumpation that because it’s a tale of a space knights and light sabers, that there will be no female audience interested is quite frankly just a little bit ass-holish.

      Especially considering the exsponentially growth of lots and lots of women meeting up at places that celebrates all of these things.
      Or actually, there has always been women there, it’s just the fewest whom takes the time to take notice.

  • DPPalbert

    Entertainment doesn’t exist to further your personal political agenda. Entertainment exists to entertain people. You want a certain type of movie, then go into the business and create one that is successful or support an already existing one. Whining why a movie series stays consistent without adhering to your own personal political ideal is pretty pointless. Just my 2 cents…

  • Jamesfitz53

    Just watched Abrams interview. After hearing he and his Wife talk about how the new Star Wars needed diversity, so as to make it look more like the world that’s watching it!! I won’t give a nickel to see it. Besides, where are the freaking Muslims??