10Great New Characters (Not Just Diversity)
The Force Awakens has been something of a lightning rod for its casting choices - particularly when it comes to the three new heroic leads, Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). Debate rages (as it seems to throughout cinema, these days) about whether these casting
choices are representative of demographics that have been previously underrepresented in the Star Wars universe, or if they simply represent an attempt to pander to a wider fan ba$e.
Whatever the reasoning by the powers that be, we know that in the cases of Boyega (Attack the Block, 24: Live Another Day) and Isaacs (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina) we're getting two fine, up-and-coming actors to lead this new Star Wars movie; and even as a relative unknown, there's been nothing so far to suggest that Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness) won't hold her own. All that's left is for J.J. Abrams and writer Lawrence Kasdan to have scripted quality characters in Finn, Rey and Poe, so that fans come away with three worthy new heroes to follow - and not just PC-approved echoes of our heroes from A New Hope.