Real Life Ordinary Person Chosen to Play Ordinary Star Wars Person
January 2, 2018
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When the special thing about your character is that they’re totally un-special:
“Rose is smart and she’s confident and she’s loyal. She’s going to be such a cool character because she’s someone who isn’t a model. She’s not a superhero. She’s just kind of an everyday person, and that’s something special about her. She’s someone who is able to face her fears in the face of adversity even though she kind of is a background player in the Resistance.” — Kelly Marie Tran
Is this even a good idea…?
Well let’s look back at some classics of the pulp era to put this into context.
- Dejah Thoris from A Princess of Mars is the “daughter of a thousand jeddaks.” She’s not just a princess character… she’s the Platonic ideal of the concept taken to its purest and most extreme form.
- Lady Ywain of Sark in The Sword of Rhiannon is basically the Darth Vader “heavy” of the tale… which only makes her redemption and transition into being the love interest that much more dramatic.
- The feminine foils from C. L. Moore’s Northwest Smith stories all take allure, attraction, beauty, and seductive powers to mind-blowingly weird and science fictional levels.
All different characters that are as unalike as can be. But all of them exceptional– all of them take some aspect of humanity and human nature to an astonishing level. That’s the only thing they have in common!
Question for you here, though. Why would it even cross someone’s mind to go into a field… and then introduce something into it that not only hadn’t really been done in it before, but also was in many ways antithetical to the medium itself?