New stars


Bat­tle­front II’s fe­male lead, Iden Ver­sio, re­flects Lu­cas­film’s grow­ing com­mit­ment to diver­sity. “The re­al­ity of it is that strong fe­male characters have been part of the Star Wars legacy for 40 years,” says Dou­glas Reilly. “We’ve al­ways viewed Star Wars as a re­flec­tion of so­ci­ety.” This was a ma­jor theme of this year’s Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion, from toy lines to an­i­mated shorts to – ev­i­dently – videogames. Ver­sio joins Rey, Jyn Erso and Rebels’ Sabine Wren and Hera Syn­dulla as part of a new gen­er­a­tion of Star Wars leads. “For me, a good char­ac­ter is a good char­ac­ter,” says Mo­tive’s Mark Thomp­son. “We were try­ing to ex­plore a dif­fer­ent perspective to what we’d seen in some of the movie sto­ry­telling.”

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