Update: THR has word that additional female cast may be forthcoming. Hopefully, this is true.
So the roster for the main cast for Star Wars Episode 7 was released today, along with a photo of the group seated in a circle discussing Yoda-knows-what. Fans everywhere rejoiced like ewoks for about half an hour, and then a big question started coming up.
Why are there only 2 women on this list- only one of whom is new to the franchise?
In case you missed it, here’s the list:
John Boyega (Attack the Block)
Daisy Ridley (Scrawl)
Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings)
Domhnall Gleeson (About Time)
Max von Sydow (The Exorcist)
Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa)
Mark Hammil (Luke Skywalker)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
Kenny Baker (R2-D2)
That’s a pretty glaring disparity in the men to women ratio. While we still have no idea who the new folk are playing, we do know that there were rumors of other actors considered for parts- including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, who we really wanted to see cast as a new Kenobi.
So, what gives, JJ? Is this just a preliminary group, with more to come? Or are we once again stuck with one leading lady for the next 3 movies? It certainly fits the pattern of Star Wars films past. Each of the prior trilogies only featured one female lead- one of whom will play a part in this new film.
We’ll have to wait and see what Abrams & crew have in store. Once the initial excitement of this announcement is down to a dull roar, maybe we’ll get some better news on women in a galaxy far, far way.