With the release of Rogue One, it seems only fitting to celebrate women in lead roles in sci-fi and fantasy films and television.
Rogue One is a part of the Star Wars franchise and centers on rebel Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and how she must steal the plans to the Death Star, a weapon that would destroy planets. Erso is of course reluctant to join the Rebellion at first, but then joins for personal reasons. Erso is adding to the female fighting lead that the Star Wars franchise is bringing about.
When it comes to sci-fi and fantasy films, there have not been many female lead roles. There are the greats such as, Ellen Ripley from Alien(s), Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Gwen Cooper from Torchwood. As the industry has aged, so has its portrayal of women. Ripley was more of an angry woman, set out for the kill. Buffy started off angry, but was eventually given emotions. Sci-fi and fantasy films have a corner on the market of the “tough girl” persona, it seems. A market where emotions are taboo and kicking ass and personal benefits are all that matter. Dimensions are unreachable.