Star Wars Goes Rogue with Val and Bria

Rouge One is the biggest movie on the planet, and we finally devote a whole show to talk about the most diverse (or is it?) Star Wars ever filmed. Joining in on the fun is writer, and Star Wars superfan, Bria LaVorgna and Black Girl Nerds’ movie reviewer, and occasional NOC contributor, Valerie Complex. [Spoilers throughout!]

Topics covered on the show include:

  • The decision to go with Gareth Edwards’ stark vision of the Star Wars universe
  • The seamless transition between Rogue One and A New Hope
  • A discussion of the film’s commitment to diversity but lack of women of color
  • Star Wars movies’ tendency to cast white British women in lead roles
  • The movie’s realistic take on rebellion and insurgency and how Rogue One might be the most anti-colonialist Star Wars ever made
  • The subtext of Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus (played by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen) and why its depiction of masculinity is needed

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4 thoughts on “Star Wars Goes Rogue with Val and Bria

  1. It was creepy to see Peter Cushing in Rogue One, knowing that he’s dead and he’s been dead for a long ti?me now. Obviously permission from his estate was granted to achieve this and wonder if he was already compensated for the use of his likeness pre-death or post- in which case, his estate collected?

    Wouldn’t it have been cool to see Sir Alec Guiness again in that regard as (Ben) Obi Wan-Kenobi

    Obviously the Star Wars franchise FEARS Women of Color for some odd reason.

    1. Seems to me the women protagonists have a certain look, brown hair and brown eyes with the exception of Jyn who has brown hair and green eyes. WoC are sorely lacking in Star Wars, a wish of mine would be to see Ming Na as a secret Jedi who became one of Luke’s first Padawans.

      Oh yeah Peter Cushing has been dead for nearly 23 years…at some point I figure our technology will be indistinguishable from magic. I think he must have granted permission for his likeness to be used my guess the prequel movies were years in the making before 1999.

  2. Hollywood doesn’t have a diversity problem it’s got an allergy problem to person’s of dark skintone. They allow only 1 or 2 actors of color a year to be celebrated. They celebrate actors from around ths world as long as their fair in skintone. It appears caucasian actors get to just show up i.e. james franco and make movie after movie but actors of color only get celebrated and awarded when its about slavery, drug lifestyle /crime. Hollywood pretends to be inclusive. My family has never been represented in a movie so I don’t give them my money

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