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In anticipation of the new Disney+ Star Wars series, which is rumored to be female-centric, we’re celebrating a few of the inspirational and powerful ladies from a galaxy far, far away.
While we don’t have many details into this new series, it’s been rumored that the timeline will be different from any other Star Wars projects and that the series will be female-centric. There are SO many female characters we want to see more of in the Star Wars franchise; some whose vague story lines seem to leave the door open to spin offs (Zorii Bliss and Jannah from The Rise of Skywalker come to mind), some notable figures that have not yet made it to the screen that we would LOVE to see truly come to life (MARA. FREAKIN. JADE), or perhaps we’ll be treated to some new heroines and villainesses. Either way, we can’t wait to see this project take shape and with news of this series in development, we wanted to learn more about a few of the bad ass ladies who have already appeared in a galaxy far, far away. #GIRLPOWER
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen any of the Star Wars films or television series, don’t scroll down. Instead, go watch Star Wars.
A Rutian Twi’lek from the planet Ryloth, Aayla Secura was the Padawan of Jedi Master Quinlan Vos. Later becoming a Jedi Master herself, Secura served as a Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, up until her demise on Felucia when Order 66 was initiated. Did those Clones need to shoot her so many times? We know they’re bad at aiming but come on. Secura fought many battles with her soldiers on Quell and Coruscant, and fought alongside other Jedi on Geonosis during the rescue mission to save Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. It’s speculated that Secura’s Force Spirit is one of the voices of encouragement that give Rey the strength she needs to defeat Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker.
Discovered on Shili by Jedi Master Plo Koon, Ahsoka Tano AKA ‘Snips’ AKA ‘Ashla’ was taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and eventually became the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Throughout her story on Clone Wars she confronts General Greivous, Asajj Ventress, Darth Maul, and Darth Sidious – to name a few. Simply put, this character’s storyline is nothing but epic; from a Padawan wanting to follow the rules to becoming ‘Fulcrum’, her journey is complicated with twists and turns that see Ashoka developing her skills and rising to every challenge she’s faced with (and she’s faced with A LOT).
Born into a clan of Nightsister witches, Asajj Ventress is the apprentice of Sith Lord Count, a commander in the Separatist droid military, and an extremely skilled assassin. As her strength in the Force begins to grow, Darth Sidious orders Dooku to kill his apprentice, which doesn’t result in the death of Ventress but a heavy loss for her which forces her to reevaluate her purpose in life. Ventress’s storyline is one of pain and heartbreak, and the character herself embodies internal conflict and, of course, enviable goth style.
Once the military leader of the Scyre clan on Parnassos, after betraying the clan (and her own brother) to help and eventually join the First Order, Phasma quickly rose through the ranks to become a senior officer. Working alongside General Hux and Kylo Ren, Phasma commanded First Order forces against the Resistance and, under the instruction of Supreme Leader Snoke, searched the galaxy for the map that would lead them to Luke Skywalker. After FN-2187 (AKA Finn) defected after the massacre at Tuanul village, and then infiltrated Starkiller Base, Phasma led a mission to hunt down her new nemesis. Pursuing the Resistance fleet, Phasma and Finn fought on the flagship Supremacy and, with the help of Finn’s companion, Rose Tico, Phasma was defeated after she fell to a fiery death.
Carasynthia Dune, or Cara Dune, was an ex-shock trooper from the New Republic during the Galactic Civil War. After hunting down Imperial officers who had become warlords after the Battle of Endor, her duties became more about peacekeeping. Unhappy with this new direction Dune left the Alliance to become a mercenary. Eventually settling down for an early retirement on Sorgan, she would later meet Din Djarin, The Mandalorian bounty hunter. Dune is a seasoned combatant who consistently displays her sheer strength and ability for hand to hand combat, making her one fierce warrior. As skilled as The Mandalorian is, it makes perfect sense that he’d want Dune in his posse. (We can’t wait to see more of Cara Dune in The Mandalorian season 2!)
As the stand-out star of Solo, this feminine piloting-droid captivated with her witty comebacks, rebellious spirit and ambition for droid empowerment and justice! L3-37, the companion of Lando Calrissian, was one-of-kind, as she self-assembled and improved herself with scraps of other droids. After liberating droids on Kessel L3 was shot, and to save her Calrissian uploaded L3 to the Millennium Falcon, where she integrated with the ship and became the navigational system.
Fun Fact: Voiced by the one and only Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the actress also acted IN a droid suit for her scenes to give L3-37 the quirky movements needed to truly create the character.
A woman who needs no introduction -- Leia Organa. Child of Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, she was separated at birth from her parents and twin brother, Luke, to protect her from Darth Sidious and the newly formed Darth Vader aka her father. Senator Bail Organa adopted Leia to raise her on Alderaan, and as heiress of the Royal Family of Alderaan she was in line to one day rule the planet as Queen. Years later, during the Galactic Civil War, Leia volunteered for the mission to transport the technical plans of the Death Star, and we all know what happens next (cue the ending of Rogue One and the beginning of A New Hope). Leia helped take down the Empire and, years later as General Organa, would once again play a vital part in the defeat of The First Order. Leia’s life and story is one of epic importance to the Star Wars franchise and she is, and will forever be, a true icon.
Mara Jade was raised as an Emperors Hand, both servant and tremendously accomplished assassin to Emperor Palpatine. After the death of the Emperor, Jade went rogue and became a smuggler who eventually ended up working closely with Luke Skywalker. While on a mission to Nirauan together, the two realized they were in love and proceeded to marry – with Jade taking the surname Skywalker. She then became a Jedi Master, with her niece Jaina Solo as her apprentice until Solo reached Knighthood. Mara gave birth to Ben Skywalker amidst the Yuuzhan Vong War, and as a new mother continued fighting against the Yuuzhan Vong, sending Ben to be taken care of by his aunt and uncle, Han and Leia Solo. During the Second Galactic Civil War, Mara Jade Skywalker was killed by a Sith she had discovered to be her nephew Jacen Solo.
Maz Kanata, also known as the ‘pirate queen’, lived on her home planet Takodana for more than a millennium before the First Order and the Resistance conflict. The castle she lived in became a haven for smugglers and pirates, and in addition to rooms for rent, Kanata also backed smugglers with equipment credits, and connections to others. Kanata spent centuries traveling the galaxy collecting goods and treasures, particularly protective of items that spoke to her through the Force (like Luke Skywalker's lightsaber). Although gifted with abilities of the Force, Kanata was not a Jedi.
Fun Fact: In The Phantom Menace, a statue of Kanata, which was likely bought from a trader, is seen in Anakin Skywalker's home in Tatooine when Qui-Gon Jinn visits.
Padmé Amidala ruled Naboo as Queen before joining the Senate as a leader in the Loyalist Committee. After an assassination attempt, she was sent back to Naboo under the watch of Padawn Anakin Skywalker. The two eventually married in secret, as their relationship was against the Jedi Code. An advocate for peaceful solutions and a prominent political figure, Amidala continued her work while Skywalker battled on the frontlines. Upon finding out she was pregnant and revealing this to Skywalker, he moved to the dark side of the Force believing that the powers he would gain were the only way to protect Amidala and her unborn child. Learning of her husband’s betrayal, Amidala gave birth to twins (Luke Skywalker and Leia Amidala Skywalker) before dying of a broken heart.
After being abandoned by her parents at a young age, who left to protect her from the Emperor and were subsequently murdered by his hand, Rey remained on Jakku as a lonely scavenger for many years. Becoming a member of the Resistance after forming a friendship with Finn, Rey found herself a vital part of the galactic war after finding out she had the abilities of the Force. She trained with the once lost Luke Skywalker, and after his death her training continued under the guidance of Leia Organa. Although initially enemies with Kylo Ren, Rey and Ren eventually became allies in the fight against The First Order, defeating Emperor Snoke together, although their relationship was tumultuous as the two then hunted separately to find a way to Exegol to kill Darth Sidious. After finding out she was of Sith lineage, and that Sidious was her grandfather, Rey fought against the Dark Lord, and with the voices of past Jedi lending their strength to her, she destroyed him.