Don’t get me wrong, I love the new additions to the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ There’s just one major problem: Where’s the girl power?
The highly coveted roles of Star Wars: Episode VII were finally announced on April 29. They were quite possibly the most sought-after roles in Hollywood right now. And while I love a lot of the choices the galactic filmmakers made, there was a serious lack of female presence in the new additions, which is concerning to me.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Adds Only One New Female Cast Member
Out of the seven new cast members — John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow — only one of them is a woman. After an intensive casting process, with rumors swirling of superstars like Lupita Nyong’o in talks for a role, how is only one female cast? In June 2013, Entertainment Weekly confirmed the character breakdowns for the new film that included two young females.
However, Daisy must be awesome. She beat out all the biggest names in Hollywood for the only female role in the new Star Wars film. The actress is basically an unknown and J.J. Abrams wouldn’t have taken such a huge risk on her if she wasn’t amazing. I have total faith in her.
The Star Wars team must be trying to recreate the success the original trilogy had with Carrie Fisher. She was one of the only female cast members in the first films and she was the epitome of female empowerment as Princess Leia in the Star Wars galaxy. I’m calling it now: Daisy plays the daughter of Leia and Han Solo.
Still, I can’t help but wonder that J.J. may be hiding one additional female cast member from the world. He’s been known for his shock factor in television shows like Lost and Alias.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII:’ A Talented Set Of New Faces
Other than the female characters issue, I’m in love with the new cast. Before the cast announcement, I was hoping that Aaron Paul and Elizabeth Olsen would be cast, but I really like how the film isn’t going with big name stars. Star Wars: Episode VII has a versatile and diverse new cast on their hands. I’m anxious to see Adam Driver’s take on the villain, because I love his compelling portrayal of Adam on Girls.
Oscar is one of the fastest up-and-coming actors in Hollywood. His role in Inside Llewyn Davis was nothing short of extraordinary and I loved his charmingly disarming role in In Secret. I was surprised to see Domhnall’s name on the list, but he’s a great fit for Star Wars. He’s also had experience in big budget films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2.
This film is going to make all the new cast members bonafide movie stars. If they are fairly unknown now, they won’t be come Dec. 18, 2015.
Lastly, I’m glad the original trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie are returning for the reboot. They are invaluable to the Star Wars universe and it will be great to watch them welcome these new additions to the fold.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the newest additions to the Star Wars: Episode VII cast? Should they have cast more women? Are you happy with the cast? Sound off on your thoughts!
— Avery Thompson