A Leading Lady For Episode VII?

The year has barely begun, and already we’re seeing predictions that it could be another big year for strong female heroines.

Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter writes:

[I]nfluential Wall Street analyst Richard Greenfield of BTIG has weighed in with his 2013 predictions for the media sector, telling his clients that Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be the biggest movie of the year[.]

Dunc at Club Jade highlighted a rumor report from Slashfilm‘s Peter Sciretta tweet, hinting that the “lead character” of Episode VII may be a woman. Recently, I wondered whether Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars might be, in part, a test run for the Sequel Trilogy’s protagonist. Now that the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm is complete, I can’t help but think back to the noticeably prominent places given to fangirls of all types at Star Wars Weekends this past summer and the fact that Catching Fire screenwriter Michael Arndt was hired for Episode VII. So far it’s just a rumor, but we should find out fairly soon whether it’s accurate.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.