Star Wars Episode 7: 10 Actresses To Play First Prominent, Live-Action Female Jedi

The Jedi are respected. The Jedi are feared. The Jedi have been, predominantly, male for practically the entire franchise. There…

Cameron Carpenter

Contributor

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?