Expect 'Strong Women' in Future 'Star Wars' Films

April 16, 2015 11:25 PM

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For decades, little girls who wanted to pretend to be Star Wars characters were left with only two options, one per trilogy: Leia or Padmé. Though both were relatively strong female characters, they certainly didn’t wield the power of Jedis. Executives at Lucasfilm made it clear during a Thursday event that all the future flicks in the franchise will work hard to close that gender gap, beginning with Daisy Ridley playing Rey, the female protagonist of the sevenths episode in the series, The Force Awakens.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said at a Star Wars panel in Anaheim, Calif., that the three upcoming standalone films and the spinoffs would feature “really strong women.” Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original and will reprise her role in the next film, echoed Kennedy’s senti...

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