The entire internet had a collective geek-out Thursday, when director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed a teaser trailer and new details on the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force Awakens during a panel in Anaheim. Major female characters have been sorely missing from the franchise’s 40-year history, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans — but Kennedy had some good news for those fans. She introduced Rey, the new female protagonist of The Force Awakens (played by Daisy Ridley) and promised fans that future movies in the franchise would feature a number of “really strong women.” She said she considered this a personal matter for her, because she didn’t have many female characters to look up to as a fan. Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original trilogy, said she was enthusiastic about the movies’ new focus on female characters: “It’s good to have a little help,” she said, “But I liked being the only one when I was 19 … Now I need a little help.”
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