Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser and poster have us excited for one reason...
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Yes, you'll have already seen the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser a dozen times, but hey, why not go watch it again. When you come back we'll tell you what has us most excited about both this teaser and the film's first official poster...
So, you've now rewatched that teaser and seen the poster above, THE biggest thing we can take from it is summed up in THIS tweet:
This poster is what I've wanted to see my whole life: the woman hero holding up the sword/lightsaber while her mentor & enemy loom behind pic.twitter.com/AooncA8oFg— Meghan 🐝 (@fairmegwyn) April 14, 2017
Star Wars has always had strong women at its core, but they've never been the main character. From Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala, they've always had massively important roles that are still secondary to the lead. Here, Daisy Ridley's Rey is the most important character in the film and the symbolism that places her between the light of Luke Skywalker and dark of Kylo Ren is an important and effective message to fans.
Say what you like about Disney, but since they took on the franchise they've made huge strides that have empowered women within the Star Wars universe. We're excited to see what Kelly Marie Tran's character brings to the franchise and let's not forget that Laura Dern is also joining the cast. We can even see a beefed up role for Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma this time around.
Star Wars has always been a saga for everyone, but the new trilogy has given one of the most important role models to the next generation of both girls AND boys. Seeing a strong woman leading the biggest film franchise in history is an amazing thing and something that Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson should be hugely proud of.
December can't come soon enough...
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Last updated: 06/08/2018 12:01:57