May the Force Be Women: Star Wars Franchise to Feature More Strong Female Characters
Over the past four decades, the Star Wars franchise has been lacking in one department – female characters. So far, one major female character is featured per trilogy. Luckily, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wants to see this change too.
On a personal level, Kennedy has always been a Star Wars fan, but also felt disappointed not to be able to find a variety of female characters she could look up to. We’re sure she isn’t the only sad female Star Wars fan. Kennedy addressed fans in Anaheim at Celebration to reassure them that more strong women will be featured in future movies and spin-offs, reports Entertainment Weekly.
The Force Awakens will focus on a female protagonist, Rey. Actress Daisy Ridley will play the newest edition to the Star Wars realm. Carrie Fisher, who started it all with her character Princess Leia, also weighed in on the unequal balance throughout the franchise. “I liked being the only one when I was 19…," she said. "Now I need a little help.”