The Force is not with white men.
That’s the conclusion of salon.com writer Erin Keane, who celebrates the multiculturalism of the new film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in a December 17 post.
According to Keane, “Rogue One” is “a thoroughly kick-ass action film starring a young woman who spends precious little time on the family and personal drama that fuels the main ‘Star Wars’ films and gets straight to the heart of the matter that surrounds all of that epic intergenerational angst — war.”
The film tells the story of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who leads a group of fighters to steal secret plans from the evil Galactic Empire. As Keane tells it, Erso is joined by “a multicultural band of brothers going into battle with her — Cassian (Diego Luna), Bodhi (Riz Ahmed), Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang) — in an ultimate symbolic rejection of the white supremacist tyranny of the Empire.”
“Rogue One” takes place around the same time as the original 1977 movie “Star Wars: A New Hope.” As in that film, most of the Empire’s personnel are played by male British actors. “Rogue One” even features Peter Cushing, who died in 1994. Producers of the new film created a digital facsimile of Cushing to reprise the character of Grand Moff Tarkin.
Keane adds, “better representation for women and people of color in one fast-paced action movie, even in a franchise as influential as 'Star Wars,' isn’t going to change the world overnight. But Disney CEO Bob Iger can claim that there are no political statements in 'Rogue One' until he’s blue in the face — there is a powerful political statement being made in this film."