By Internet standards, it’s old news. But I have been too busy joining the celebration to write about it. Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have been cast in the upcoming Star Wars film. The same Star Wars film that was slammed for the male heavy cast it announced earlier this year. Now everyone is jumping up and down with excitement because the addition of these two seriously amazing women has made this film about 1000 times more enticing (not that I wasn’t going to see it before, but my chances of actually enjoying it have increased exponentially).
But it’s the genuine excitement and enthusiasm of the fangirls around me that really makes me smile. It shows that the uproar the original cast announcement received was necessary because this stuff matters. We’re used to seeing white male heroes in big Sci-Fi franchises, and we’re going to keep seeing that, but the reaction to Lupita and Gwendoline’s casting shows that we’re really itching for something. Plus don’t you just want to see those ladies with lightsabers?
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) June 2, 2014
To be honest, even if I wasn’t already a Star Wars fangirl I would be jumping right into the Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars fandom because it’s already super fun! Check this out:
Please keep these coming, because I am never going to get sick of them.
Author: Undie Girl
Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.
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