Jyn, played by Felicity Jones is the star of Rogue One, the first Star Wars spinoff (A Star Wars Story, to be precise) and the latest of the ner era of strong, powerful Star Wars characters. She's also a woman, and that fact made some Star Wars fans upset this morning, when the first trailer was released.
The majority of the Internet reacted with excitement and awe, barely even noticing that the hero was a woman, there were some fans who reacted with anger. Check out these angry tweets:
I guess every Star Wars will have a female lead now, even Han Solo will be a woman in his movie— Dylan Tywan (@Dylbo_Baggins13) April 7, 2016
Ohhhh another white anorexic British girl leads a Star Wars picture. Exciting stuff.— Danny G. Dickblood (@DANNY_DICKBLOOD) April 7, 2016
okay but seeing another white woman as a main in star wars was just kind of , Okay , like it looked really Good but also of Course— mark(band) (@nonbinaryremus) April 7, 2016
What's wrong with having female leads in the new Star Wars films? Who cares? As long as the story is compelling and having a heroine doesn't just seem like a part of a marketing formula, then why not? Felicity Jones looks great in the trailer. Some fans would always find something negative to whine about. Some even criticized the actress for her looks, calling her "anorexic" and others seemingly upset that she looks so beautiful. There were also some complaints that the film looks a lot like The Hunger Games, which shares a couple of elements with Gareth Edwars' spinoff film: a young female lead and a plot about rebels. It's not like The Hunger Games was the first movie to feature those.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Diego Luna. It will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016. Watch the trailer here.