Twin30mm wrote:I definitely think it is a conscious decision on the part of LF/Disney to push the female roles to the forefront.
I suspect this is due in no small part, to the influence of Kathleen Kennedy.
Whilst I have no problem with this in principle, I hope it doesn't go so far the other way and devalues the male roles.
There seems to be a trend at the moment (especially in advertising), where males are shown as pathetic and weak, and females the strong go-getters.
If the roles were reversed, everybody would be crying "sexism".
Even though there were few female roles in the OT, the ones shown were always strong role models.
I remember at the time, the Princess Leia character was praised for being modern and not being the quintessential 'damsel in distress'.
Even the Leader of the Rebellion was a strong female character.
Being a cynical fellow, it's obvious to me that they're trying to tick all diversity boxes (with the new films).
Female lead roles, actors that appeal to South American and Asian markets etc, etc.
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