Will we see a female lead in the new 'Star Wars'?

Ben Skipper
23 January 2013
Will we see a female lead in the new 'Star Wars'?
Princess Leia

Earlier this month rumours began to circulate that the upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy may have a female lead.

Most likely a case of Chinese whispers, it all started with a tweet from Slash Film's Peter Sciretta teasing the question "Who said the lead character in Star Wars Episode VII is going to be a male star? :)"

Whether its a case of rumour-mongering for the sake of getting a few hits or not, the idea of a female lead in the new 'Star Wars' series is an interesting one.

[Related story: Disney wanted legendary poster artist Drew Struzan back for new 'Star Wars']

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The original trilogy was famously lacking female characters, in fact it only had two - Princess Leia of course and Rebel leader Mon Mothma,

Lucas' prequels weren't much better. There was Natalie Portman's Padme of course, Anakin's mum and erm.... Keira Knightley as Padme's decoy in 'Episode I'? Oh, there was that female Yoda alien too, she was creepy.

It's fair to say women aren't exactly fairly represented in the 'Star Wars' universe so this new trilogy and the fresh start it should represent is the perfect chance to have either a female lead or more intriguingly, a female antagonist.

In the "expanded universe" fiction there are a couple of female characters who could play the lead. There's Jaina Solo, Han and Leia's Jedi daughter and Mara Jade, a smuggler turned Jedi who eventually marries Luke Skywalker.

If this new series is a fresh start then it should be a whole new character, and with the talent already confirmed to be involved (screenwriter Michael Arndt) and rumoured to be (director Matthew Vaughn) we'd be in good hands.

Would you like to see a female lead in the new 'Star Wars'? Let us know below.

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