Young woman and black Brit star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

For the first time in the Star Wars series, the action hero of episodes 7 (2015) and 8 (2017) is a young woman. Rey is played by Daisy Ridley who stars with a black hero played by John Boyega—both are British and 22. Her father described her as “an extraordinary lady, though not an easy one.” Women in The Force Awakens also pilot fighter aircraft, Carrie Fisher’s character Leia is a general, and a small wise woman over a 1,000 years old named Maz Kanata replaces Yoda.Hunger Games series in 2014.

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