New Star Wars Series Will Star A Woman Of Color

New Star Wars series will star a woman of color

Among the many Star Wars series in development, The Acolyte is one that is generating high expectations because it is an original story, with new characters, unlike others that are starred by heroes who had appeared in movies and / or animated series , like The Book of Boba Fett, Kenobi, Ahsoka, Lando, and Andor. Although not much is known about The Acolyte, a new rumor says it will star a woman of color.
The Acolyte will be set in the last days of the High Republic and will narrate the rise of the powers of the Dark Side; It was described by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy as a thriller, and is showrunner by Leslye Headland, creator of the Netflix series Russian Doll – 100%, which earned multiple Primetime Emmy nominations.
The rumor that the company is looking for a woman of color comes from entertainment journalist Grace Randolph, who is often ahead of the news when it comes to trailer releases and major releases; she was one of those who reported that Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 82% would see the light of day before it was officially announced. This was the tweet about The Acolyte:
Here’s some #StarWars tea for you guys: #TheAcolyte is now looking for its lead, a college-age woman of color who is athletic and can practice martial arts. Sounds very promising! Filming will begin in London in the first quarter of 2022.
Here’s some #StarWars tea for you:#TheAcolyte is now casting it’s lead, a female POC college age who is athletic and can do martial arts!Sounds very promising!It will begin filming in London 1st quarter 2022 pic.twitter.com/MuunmvTWtC— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) June 24, 2021
The novelty in this news is that most of the most important female characters have been white women with brown or black hair (brunettes): Leia (Carrie Fisher), Padmé (Natalie Portman), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones); With the exception of Rosario Dawson, who only had a supporting role in The Mandalorian – 91%, where she debuted as Ahsoka Tano, the others fulfill that stereotype of a Star Wars heroine, which was also commented on by Randolph in another tweet:
FYI, considering that #StarWars has featured mostly brunette Caucasian women to the point that it has become a running joke, that’s why this show – and other Star Wars content – specifically targets women from Colour.
FYI, considering #StarWars has had mostly caucasian brunette female leads to the point it’s become a running jokethat’s why this show – and other Star Wars content – is specifically looking for women of color. https://t.co/0ZNVy2GrRq— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) June 24, 2021
Star Wars has not completely lost the love of fans, the proof is in the success of The Mandalorian and the excitement that the announcements given in December about the ten series in development aroused. However, the sequel trilogy made it clear that fans do not usually remain silent when they do not like something, unfortunately that also meant cyberbullying against those involved in the films, especially for those actors of color like John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran. .
The topic of toxic fandom has been addressed numerous times and many believe that it is a very small fraction of the fans, but they are the loudest and that is why they receive so much attention. They are responsible for posting offensive messages on social networks every time new diverse characters are announced, whether they are characters of color or LGBTQ.
However, not even all the fan complaints have been able to stop Disney in its interest to expand the franchise and make it more inclusive. As previously explained, Star Wars was originally a story of oppressed against oppressors, so it is paradoxical that now some white fans feel oppressed by the inclusion of characters of color, when throughout history man White has dominated through colonization and exploitation of countries with different cultures.
Note originally published in Tomatazos.

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