The Force Awakens the female side

Star Wars cast talk increase of female characters in new film. Sarah Mills reports.

(WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES/LUCASFILM / REUTERS) – May the female force be with you. As the countdown to the release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ nears the cast have been talking about the increase of female characters.

Director J.J. Abrams says this latest installment differs from previous films with its higher female count.

Director, J.J. Abrams,

“There have been sometimes very few female characters in these films. We were very lucky to not only have at the center of the movie Daisy Ridley who is extraordinary as Rey but we have you know Gwendolyn Christie we have Carrie Fisher, we have Lupita Nyongo, we have female stormtroopers and female resistance pilots and you know there are female voices in energy throughout this and it was very important to me and to Kathy Kennedy when we first started talking about this movie that that be something that we bring to bear on this film.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by actress Daisy Ridley who plays ‘Rey’ in the film. She says it’s important for female fans to be able to relate to characters they see on screen.

Actress, Daisy Ridley,

“For young women in particular to physically relate to someone that’s a really important thing. Because people can relate to Luke’s story, they can relate to Han’s story but I think Rey, more than just because she’s a woman, it transcends gender. The story she goes on is universal. She’s a young girl trying to find her way, trying to do the right thing and hoping that there’s a better future and so I think both genders will be able to relate to that. But obviously she’s a woman and that’s really really cool.”

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opens this week in most countries.