The ‘Star Wars’ film is coming back with another offering — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and as the trailer went viral months ago, there was a clear feminist side to it.
Its leading character, a badass rebel named Jyn Erso is giving some of the fans a hard time to cope up with the fact that yet another woman will be leading the sky battles. Played by Felicity Jones (of The Theory Of Everything), Erso is the new protagonist, sitting in front and center, the key character added to the series. She is a criminal, to be precise.
Anyways I'm super excited for Rogue One. & super excited to see positive representation of women and a female lead in such a huge franchise
— i luv got7 (@vernonisextra) April 7, 2016
Too early to say, but Rogue One looks like it's got a morally compromised, maybe even deadly female lead. And it's gonna work.
— Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) April 7, 2016
Amazing to see that Star Wars episode VIII : Rogue One is going to have a female lead! Felicity jones at that! About bloody time!
— Anthony Hollis (@anthony_hollis) March 12, 2015
While a majority reacted positively, some couldn’t believe that Disney had cast two female leads in a row.
From how ass the force awakens was, I didn't even want to watch the rogue one trailer, and lone behold, it's a female lead…..again…damn.
— josh (@MurphyTremblay) April 7, 2016
— Irish Fanatic (@Irish_fanatic1) April 7, 2016
Rogue one looks amazing….I just don't know how I feel about another female lead
— PrinceFrancis (@Notfrankleake) April 7, 2016
I guess every Star Wars will have a female lead now, even Han Solo will be a woman in his movie
— Dylan Tywan (@Dylbo_Baggins13) April 7, 2016
Ohhhh another white anorexic British girl leads a Star Wars picture. Exciting stuff.
— Danny G. Dickblood (@DANNY_DICKBLOOD) April 7, 2016
So why it is unacceptable if the lead in a Star Wars movie is a woman? Because the character is clearly meant to stand alone?
"why does rogue one have another female lead ??" pic.twitter.com/8Wi2yDj5qZ
Even today, while watching the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s precisely clear to me that Princess Leia Organa was the only major female character thus far. Then came Mon Mothma in Return of the Jedi and also Rey (Daisy Ridley) took the lead role in The Force Awakens.
I felt a great disturbance in the Force as if millions of fanboy voices cried out in terror about *another* capable female lead. #RogueOne
— Jay Black (@jayblackcomedy) April 7, 2016
just watched the Rogue One trailer and the first three comments underneath are moaning about a 'feminist agenda'. well done lads.
— Jeremy Corpse Bin (@nickh_101) April 7, 2016
When asked about the uneven ratio of men to women in the Rebellion, Jones told EW, “I would say there’s a huge amount of respect for women in the Rebellion. Mon Mothma is ultimately, for Jyn, someone she looks up to. So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a very strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.”
Actress Felicity Jones hopes to bring out the idea that women are key to the Rebellion, even if many of them serve in different capacities.
Now the bigger struggle women will face in this new @starwars era – to cosplay as Rey or Jyn?? We have CHOICES!!
Seriously, if you're upset about a film having an awesome female protagonist then maybe movies aren't for you. #RogueOne
— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) April 7, 2016
Another strong female character, Mon Mothma, is back in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story too. She only had a few minutes of screen time in Jedi, and even a younger version of her was cut out of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
“Star Wars was always a boys’ thing and a movie that dads take their sons to, and though that’s still very much the case, I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well,” director J.J. Abrams once told GMA host George Stephanopoulos about his movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, DailyMail reports.
Sorry folks! it’s time to see a woman taking the wars ahead now.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.
Whether or not you like a woman ushering in the franchise, here’s the bad news guys…. The world is changing – and women are the change. So welcome your new heroes.
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