The ladies of Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” finally get a chance to tell their own stories. “Forces of Destiny,” a new animated youtube show from Disney, features Rey, Leia, Jyn, Padme and other awesome chicks from the “Star Wars” ‘verse. The show is comprised of animated shorts that tell previously unknown stories from the perspectives of the “Star Wars” leading ladies.
“Forces of Destiny” previously released a trailer for their show in April. Watch the trailer below.
The animated show is a step in a more feminist direction for “Star Wars,” which up until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had been a predominantly male world. “Forces of Destiny” centers care and attention on the heroines of the “Star Wars” ‘verse in a heartwarming display of inclusive storytelling. This is the kind of cartoon every little girl deserves to see. Who says only boys get to kick butt?
The show’s creation comes on the heels of some shocking research by the Geena Davis on Gender in Media, which notes how few female characters there are in film. In a scientific study of films from 2015 and screentime from 2014, only 17% of hit films had female leads. Male characters received two times the amount of screen time as their female counterparts, and spoke twice as often. Only four films rated PG had a female lead or co-lead character.
Luckily, “Forces of Destiny” just keeps looking better and better. Lupita Nyong’o, Felicity Jones and Daisy Ridley will reprise their roles as and Maz Kenata, Jyn Erso and Rey, in the animated kid’s show, along with John Boyega as Finn. The show will also feature Shelby Young, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Marshall and Tiya Sircar.
Watch the sneak peek for “Forces of Destiny” below. The show premieres July 3 at www.youtube.com/disney.