While everyone is seemingly enjoying Season 2 of The Mandalorian there is an untitled Star Wars project coming from Russian Doll creator, Leslye Headland, on the horizon. This isn’t anything new as we have rumors (some confirmed and others backed up by other sites) about 30000000000^5 Star Wars projects supposedly headed for Disney+ and we’ve known about Headland’s untitled project for a bit.
Headland spoke with Fantastic Frankey about her project. You can see the entire video here:
Headland tells us that her story is set in a pocket of space and time not explored in Star Wars.
“I would say it’s in a pocket of the universe and a pocket of the timeline that we don’t know much about. That’s what I can say.”
That sounds exciting to me. I’ve been dying to see Disney do more like the Expanded Universe (tell stories that don’t deal with the Skywalkers or Solos) did and give us something new! The untitled Star Wars project has that potential. Nothing else was given away about the project.
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Headland’s show was billed early on as being female-led. This point was made abundantly clear when first reported and made abundantly clear again in this interview.
“Just because my show is technically, yes, ‘female-centric’, meaning it centers around a female protagonist, I don’t think that necessarily excludes men from that space. I relate to male characters all the time, I root for Mando, I root for Luke… An inclusive space means an inclusive space. But at the same time, I think that just because something has a female protagonist doesn’t necessarily mean it’s only for women.”
I don’t care one way or the other about the main character as long as the story is good. Yes, inclusion and representation are important, but the metrics by which proper diversity has been met are unknown and arbitrary. To this point, four of the last five Star Wars films have been female-led, the Original Trilogy had a strong female supporting role with Leia, the Prequel Trilogy was a little more wishy-washy with Padme, and even The Mandalorian has Cara Dune. The 5th film, Solo, had three female supporting characters.
You don’t have to reach back far in Star Wars to get female heroes and stories. Hell, even Battlefield II had a female lead. So why do we have to shout it out every time we make another female-led project? Most fans have absolutely no issue with the plan here, but talking like this cheapens what has been achieved. It almost deletes the accomplishments and impact of Ridley, Fisher, and Jones. At the very least, this is a sign of horrible attention spans for society.
I may be looking too much into this, but it’s annoying to see people obsessed with the history of now and forgetting immediately after. Nothing more than 6 months old seems to matter to certain groups. Additionally, one may point out all of the rumored male-led Star Wars shows coming up. To which I respond with, what about Ahsoka? Actually, there is no way of knowing how many female characters we’re going to get in future shows. It just irks me that we focus on something that has already been accomplished (females in Star Wars) instead of the substance of the story.
Are you excited about this new show? Do you have any issues with the messaging? Let us know in the comments below!