Here's my thing about the Rogue One trailer...
When I first watched the Rogue One Teaser Trailer, several months ago, my initial reaction was one of confusion: is this a background story for Rey? Did we jump ahead in her timeline? ... And it took me almost a minute, at least, to realize that it wasn't Daisey Ridley on the screen.
And I'm not the only one to notice the resemblance between the two actresses. They're both gorgeous, dark-haired, classically-beautiful women.
But my question is....
How difficult would it have been to cast a women of color in the new film?
Yes, it's cool to see the Star Wars franchise focus on another female character. But the fact that the new movie features a woman that looks so much like the star of the previous film, is slightly irritating. Did the directors audition any women of color? Was it required that the film feature another white protagonist? Was it ever even a question whether a woman of color could star in a feature role?
In many ways, Star Wars has been a franchise of positive representations of strong women. Star Wars gave us Leia, who gave way to Alien's Ripley, or Terminator's O'Connor. But what about all the women who don't look like Carrie Fisher, or Sigourney Weaver, or Linda Hamilton... ?
Because, well, there's a lot of us. But Hollywood always seems so skeptical about giving us on-screen representations.
I could go on here, about all the times Hollywood has cast white actors to fill roles for people of color. [And, NO, we still haven't gotten over the Matt Damon "Great Wall" casting yet.... !]
But my main question is just this, for JJ Abrams, Disney, and the rest of Hollywood:
Do you believe that women of color are as capable as white men and women to kick ass, solve problems, and save the world?
Because we do. And we're ready to see it.