Publications speak out over the lack of female cast members announced for J.J. Abram’s upcoming space opera
"There is absolutely no reason why there can’t be new characters added to account for the lack of women in the original trilogy and the newer trilogy." (x)
“Myths are powerful things, because we learn who we are by telling stories. When are we going to let little girls and kids of diverse races have fantasies as powerful as those given to white boys?” (x)
"Women make up 51% of the population of this planet. We can extrapolate that even in a galaxy far, far away and in a time that is long ago that ratio is somewhat the same. So why is Star Wars Episode VII so very, very dude-y?" (x)
"If you count up all the significant female characters who appear in the original Star Wars trilogy, the list reads as follows … Princess Leia."
"J.J. Abrams’s vision of Star Wars is a dystopia far more disturbing than anything Darth Vader could have hoped for: a universe where, without any real explanation, the vast majority of women are somewhere far, far away." (x)
Q:Speaking of, how would you fancast Star Wars rule 63?
AHHH thank you so much for asking!! Note that my knowledge of actors is pretty limited and outdated… and this list is pretty much exactly the same as anghraine’s fancast, because
I’m very unoriginalhow can you change something that’s already perfect. :D
STAR WARS GENDERSWAP / RULE 63
Scarlett Johansson as Anakin Skywalker. She has the right look, is a great leading actress and we know she can do action with charisma and intensity. (there may be some slight personal bias here because she also gives me the same “maddeningly attractive” vibe as Hayden Christensen ahaha)
Cate Blanchett as Darth Vader. Not gonna lie, 200% of my motivation for this was to cast Vader. She even looks fitting (not that it would matter with the scarring and mask though), has the compelling, resonant voice you’d need to make it work, and can be downright terrifying. asfhlskl Cate Blanchett as one of the most iconic villains of all time?! would be so perfect, I would actually just lie down on the floor and never, ever get up again.
Gaspard Ulliel as Padmé Amidala. It was actually quite a challenge to cast Padmé, because I was looking for that sort of timeless, “angelic” beauty along with an air of regality, before remembering Gaspard! Most of his films are in French, but I think this would actually add an interesting contrast when playing opposite Anakin. (with bonus young!King Amidala up there :D)
Kate Winslet as Obi-Wan Kenobi. OTOH there were a few contenders for Obi-Wan, but Kate stood out as carrying all the qualities of the Negotiator, bringing in a calm and reserved competence with class, charm and wisdom.
Katee Sackhoff as Lucy Skywalker. That boyish grin, that emotional range between wide-eyed idealism and spirit that grows into maturity and badassery, she even rocks the Luke Skywalker hair - how much more perfect can it be?! (Starbuck’s character reminds me a lot of Anakin, but Katee seems to have a lighter, Luke vibe)
Ben Barnes as Prince Lei Organa. Not only does he looks bizarrely like Carrie Fisher (and with basically the same hair as Gaspard Ulliel?!), he’s also played a few badass royals and it would be great to see him in Leia’s role.
Milla Jovovich as Hana Solo. Another tricky but very fun role to swap! Milla could probably do the cynical deadpan snarker thing, is at home with guns and action, and has that mix of confidence and swagger.
I’m sorry this is getting so long, but some more epic ladies from the prequels and original trilogy:
Emma Thompson as Qui-Gon Jinn (the wise mentor, in an earthy and offbeat kind of way), Helen Mirren as Countess Dooku (always refined and wicked cultured), Gina Torres as Mace Windu (such badass, much awesome, do I really need to explain this), Rinko Kikuchi as Darth Maul (she’d rock the getup so hard, with people wondering about her stature before she attacks in a whirlwind of savagery)
Judi Dench as Empress Palpatine (come on, were you really expecting anyone else?! this is too perfect for words?!), Glenn Close as Old Ben Kenobi (pulling off the ‘kooky hermit’ side of Old Ben, with an introspective sadness), Maggie Smith as Wilhemina Tarkin (as soon as this clicked I was just YES Maggie would make the best Grand Moff ever), Zoe Saldana as Landa Calrissian (playing the smuggler-turned-politician with smooth charm, sass and efficiency!)
… okay I may have spent way too long looking for photos. -_- BUT I REGRET NOTHING BECAUSE I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.