The Jedi are respected. The Jedi are feared. The Jedi have been, predominantly, male for practically the entire franchise. There have been a few ladies ready to duel, but they’re often cut-down rather quickly or left nameless in the heat of battle. I, for one, wouldn’t mind a change in seeing the newest trilogy take on a female for a protagonist. If anything, the Cartoon Network show The Clone Wars is proving that a prominent female Jedi works to fantastic effect, so maybe it’s about time we made the switch to live-action.
There are a few folks I left off the list, primarily because they belong to a franchise that is incredibly similar to Star Wars. For the sake of straying from redundancy, I left off names like Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) and Gina Torres (Firefly) and tried to compile a list of names that would be somewhat fresh. A lot of things were taken into consideration for these parts, particularly physique, acting ability, star power, potential, and even if they have the “face” for a Jedi. Sometimes, there are faces that just fit the sci-fi world a bit better than others. They’re often leaner, with larger eyes, etc. etc. I tried to keep in style with the images of lady Jedi that we have through the comic and cartoon medium as well, though I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about the extended universe of Star Wars.
As you check the list out, remember that box-office draw isn’t the majority priority, here. I mean, it’s Star Wars. It could star potatoes and still manage to make a killing at the box office. But let’s say we stop the talk about spuds and get to the ladies?
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