Disney produces a new web-based animation show focusing on the women of Star Wars
Disney has acquired two of the biggest names in entertainment, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Since then, Disney has received some flack in they way they have handled the merchandising in regards to female characters. In particular the Black Widow from The Avengers and Ray from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Now Disney has unveiled episode one of a new web-based series entitled Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. The new animation is based on the female characters of Star Wars including Princess Leia, Ray, Jynn and the Jedi Ahsoka Tano.
As described by the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, who said,
“Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity….We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”
The first episode came online on July 3rd and there will be one every day until the 9th. After this, they will also air on the Disney channel. More episodes will make an appearance later in the year.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny will also have its own accompanying toy line and a series of tie-in novels as well.
As with anything Star Wars released by Disney, these stories are considered canon. This means the stories all exist within the larger confines of the Star Wars universe. So as you’ll see Sands of Jakku takes place somewhere near the beginning of The Force Awakens.
Is this a response to earlier criticism that Star Wars is too male dominated? Maybe but I’m pleased to see Disney taking this approach.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny | Episode One: Sands of Jakku
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny | Sneak Peek