Rumor Alert: ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Looking to Cast Young Black Actress in Substantial Role
It looks like Disney isn’t getting off the diversity train anytime soon. With the revitalization of its Star Wars Franchise, audiences have seen minorities take a more prominent role in the galaxy far, far away. Actors like Donnie Yen, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega have been pillars for representation in the current Star Wars Trilogy where the other films of the past have lacked.
Now, a new casting report has surfaced online revealing that Star Wars: Episode IX is looking to cast a young, African-American female in a substantial role.
The character is said to be named “Caro” and the casting report calls for a young woman between the ages of 18-26. The character is described as having a captivating naturalness and ease to her manner. She is a leader and problem solver, smart with a great sense of humor and strong will. All of this comes to her with ease.
Star Wars Episode 9 is currently in pre-production with filming set to begin towards the end of the summer so we can expect some casting news very soon. Although Lupita plays Maz Kanata in the franchise, that is essentially all motion capture and CGI so the character of Caro will be good representation for the black female Star Wars fans who want to fully see themselves in this universe. The casting report also calls for an older woman between the ages of 40-50 to play a lead role as a character named “Mara”. The female representation in the franchise is definitely building. What do you think of this news? Is there a specific actress you’d like to see take on one of these roles? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
SOURCE: Jedi News UK
Star Wars: Episode 9 blasts into theaters on December 20, 2019.