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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

let’s shoehorn some women into Star Wars?

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More than a month after director J.J. Abrams announced “the” cast for his upcoming Star Wars flick, with no mention at the time that there were roles still to be filled, and a couple of weeks after the film was supposed to have started shooting, suddenly we’ve got two new cast members! From StarWars.com:

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII ADDS ACADEMY AWARD WINNER LUPITA NYONG’O AND GAME OF THRONES’ GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Nothing from Abrams? The ensemble is still “taking shape”? Does that mean more casting announcements will be forthcoming?

How big a disaster is this movie going to be? I said this a month ago, when rumors started surfacing about another cast member still be added (which came only after there was an outcry about the lack of women in the cast):

If Abrams is going to add another character now — with the script already done and shooting set to begin in the next couple of weeks (as also mentioned in the cast announcement), then it’s very likely that the presence of this character will reinforce all the standard complaints about what happens when filmmakers shoehorn women into movies where they don’t “belong.” She will feel shoehorned in because that’s exactly what will have happened. She won’t be an organic and necessary part of the story.

And now we learn of not one but two new female cast members. Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie are awesome, so which indignity they don’t deserve is going to be thrust upon them: Will they get lots of screen time portraying characters the story doesn’t really need just so that someone can pretend the cast is more diverse, as if “diversity” means, “Cram in some nonwhite, nonmale window dressing to shut up the feminazi fans”? Or will they appear in nothing but brief cameos?

I will of course reserve judgment on the final film until I see the final film. But nothing about this bodes well.

Thanks to Neima for the link.


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