Haven’t got much to say about the announced cast for Star Wars Episode VII, except that Harrison Ford is still the best-looking humanoid male in that galaxy long ago and far, far away and to note what lots of people have noted, that the tradition of there being only one female of breeding age in the galaxy at a time continues.
George Lucas established this tradition himself, although almost accidentally. His original plan for what is now known as Episode IV included both a Princess Leia and a female version of Luke.
But keep in mind that the reboot is in the hands of J.J. Abrams whose idea of the proper role for women and girls in movies was inspired by The Goonies.
Look what he’s done with Star Trek.
He took the one female lead, a heroine and role-model for African Americans at the time the original series aired, a character whose continuation on the show was saved by no less than Martin Luther King advising Nichelle Nichols to stick with it despite her misgivings and demoted her to girlfriend.
Nagging girlfriend, at that.
Not to mention what he did to Dr Carol Marcus. Made the smartest scientist in the Federation, and the mother of Kirk’s son, into a Victoria’s Secret ad.
Slingshotting around the sun to go back in time to last summer: My review of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek: Into Perpetual Adolescence.