If 2017 proved anything, it’s that Hollywood can still make big bucks off of female-led movies. Between Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Beauty and the Beast, it was clear that the old philosophy that men won’t go see movies starring women was a false one, and that times were changing.
But nothing changes overnight. While the industry is slowly making progress to a more inclusive business, there are still plenty of strides to be made. Yes, women in leading roles are a thing, but there is no denying that even in those movies where women lead, they tend to be surrounded mostly by men. This is also true for the upcoming Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander.
Speaking on BBC’s The One Show, Vikander expressed her disappointment, saying:
“I got to work with Kristin Scott Thomas and she is an extraordinary actress, but me too, yeah, I agree. I was wondering on this island, ‘There is not enough women, where are they?’ I was running around looking for them!”
That’s an interesting point. In the search to slap a woman on the poster in the name of progress, it’s easy to forget that a lot of films are purely lacking in a supporting cast that consists of women. This was something that even Vikander noticed last January, as she stated at a Swedish film festival (via Variety).
“It made me realize that strong women are alone, as women, on the big screen. The roles we play are against strong men. I’ve played four leading roles in a row, and didn’t have a single scene with another woman.”
What do you think of all this? Is the lack of female supporting characters a problem, or have the liberals pressed their agenda too damn much already? Let us know your thoughts down below!