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Star Wars fans getting what they want with new casting, set pictures

New set pictures and two new castings are giving Star Wars fans what they want when it comes to the new movies.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: June 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm •  Published: June 3, 2014

These seem to be the developments Star Wars fans were looking for.

On Monday, it was announced that both Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie will join the new Star Wars film in roles yet to be announced. Nyong’o is famously known for her Oscar-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave” and Gwendoline Christie is trotting on horses in the hit HBO show, “Game of Thrones.”

And both Nyong’o and Christie are women. And while this is an obvious fact, it’s a noteworthy point for the Star Wars films as many spoke out against the lack of women in the first cast listing, Deseret News National reported in April.

“The Force doesn’t really seem to be with women when it comes to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ ” the article reported. “When the cast of the new Star Wars films blasted out from hyperspace on Tuesday, critics and fans alike were left baffled as only two women made the cast list, one of whom is Carrie Fisher, who will reprise her role as Princess Leia. The other? Daisy Ridley, a relatively unknown actress.”

The lack of female roles is a bit jarring, especially from a creative standpoint, Annalee Newitz of wrote in April. And it’s unfair to young girls who are looking for inspiration, Newitz wrote.

“Having Ridley is great, but one new female lead in a cast of men? That's how we launch ourselves into the future of this series, which inspires little girls with pink swords, as well as old girls like myself who graduated to sharper weapons long ago?” Newitz wrote. “Are we seriously still pretending that the universe is comprised almost entirely of men (and mostly white men at that)? Mythic tales are supposed to open up possibilities, not shut them down."

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