I just got back from lunch out at a local wrap/bowl type of place. After I sat down, a family of five came in. The three kids were about ages seven to ten. The ten-year-old was a girl. She came in holding a Star Wars novel, her finger marking where she was in the story. She read it while they waited in line and while she sat at the table after she finished her meal.
Disney/Lucasfilm having a strong female lead has been discussed at length the past two years and has received criticism and praise in equal measure. I’ve been vocal of my support of it since the beginning. To me; character, story, and depth are paramount. I thought Daisy just about carried the film, more than held her own with some heavy hitters, and offered a character worth admiring.
It looks like they intend to do the same with Rogue One. They again have my full support and admiration. I feel like I saw the effects their decisions are having on the franchise and how it appears to be creating a new generation of fans. I was elated to see a young girl walk into a restaurant carrying a Star Wars novel. It was, I believe, a testament to the power a positive role model can have on a young girl.
"Why are you here, Rey from nowhere?”