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(Note, mild potential SPOILERS below...)

Exciting news for fans of Imperial Stormtrooper diversity - it looks as though Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is set to feature an honest to goodness, real-life, actual, factual female stormtrooper.

And the best part?

It might just mean we get to see Game of Thrones' Brienne of Tarth - Gwendoline Christie herself - donning the white armor of the Empire too...

The cause of all this stormtrooper-related excitement?

This screenshot from professional acting website Spotlight - containing information which - though it's since been removed - seems to suggest that a young woman named AmyBeth Hargreaves is set to play a stormtrooper in Episode VII.

Now, the swift removal of the credit might suggest that it was just an error - but it seems more likely that Hargreaves, or her agent, inadvertently posted slightly more information than had been intended - and that the Star Wars Episode VII PR team then shut the information down pretty quickly.

Could, though, Hargreaves' potential presence in the movie answer one of the burning questions about the upcoming sequels:

Just Who the Hell is Gwendoline Christie playing?

After all, there's been a whole lot of chatter suggesting that Christie will be playing John Boyega's commanding officer, and if so, that'd most likely make her a Stormtrooper.

Will Hargreaves, then - as the BBC's Lizo Mzimba, one of the first to break the story - suggests, actually be a visible stormtrooper in the movie, or could she instead be a stunt double for Christie?

Now, Christie is actually a solid three inches taller than Hargreaves, who's 'only' six feet tall - but that's not an unbridgeable gap. It would, in a way, almost be a shame if she was, however, since it would suggest that there'll be a female stormtrooper - but only one.

The question, then, is whether the filmmakers are actually going to fully embrace the diversity that they - thankfully - so far seem to be going for.

If so, could we actually see a genuinely mixed team of stormtroopers, with female members established as an accepted and uncontroversial part of the Imperial army? If so, it wouldn't be the first time...

It took the Star Wars Expanded Universe a few decades to get there, but it did by the time we got to 2006's Star Wars: Legacy 4: Noob, a comic which featured the first named female stormtrooper, Jes Gistang.

Seen on the right, being bad-ass.
Seen on the right, being bad-ass.

I mean, sure - she got killed off pretty much right away, but at least the Expanded Universe (eventually) gave the Empire's soldiers a little more balance.

Now, let's just see that same sense of gender equality head to the (unlike the Expanded Universe, fully canon) Episode VII.

What do you guys think, though?


Will we see female stormtroopers in Episode VII?

via JediNews,


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