Episode LXIII: The Cast of Episode VII

Episode LXIII: The Cast of Episode VII
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Episode LXIII: The Cast of Episode VII

Recorded 5/3/14

Amy joins Bobby, Mike, and Bryan as they discuss the finer points of the new, recently announced cast members of Star Wars: Episode VII. They talk about the work they’ve been in before the announcement that you should check out and what is exciting about their inclusion. They also delve into the diversity gap in this new cast, wondering why there aren’t more women or minorities, and why asking that question is a good thing.

Afterward, the fellas are joined by Craig Dickinson from Star Wars in the Classroom to discuss his curriculum and teaching style as he dives into teaching a class on Star Wars and the hero’s journey.

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Special thanks to Amy Ratcliffe @Amy_Geek and Craig Dickenson
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Cast Announcement: http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/57388/episode-vii-cast-announced

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4 comments

  1. Haha, Sydow rhymes with Greedo. Thanks for that tip. But seriously, now I can actually tell people when they inevitably ask me.

  2. Antony

    Hi Guys, great podcast! Been listening for a while via a link from Jedinews but first time posting on the site. Just listened to the latest podcast and found it very interesting, particularly the subject of representation. Though I agree with the general sentiments and the right to the issue being flagged I do think that people need to step back a bit and not be so one sided on the casting. I am a black thirty something male from the UK and have grown up a HUGE Wars fan but though I remember only being able to play Lando in the playground I never had resentment to the series. At least with this new casting there are two women in the cast whilst they seemingly got rid of the only possible other black person in the series played by the legend Billy Dee Williams – that has got me bummed. Jokes aside, when you analyse the photo a good portion of the cast are not even playing human beings and the original cast can’t change gender so the ratio of gender humanly speaking is not as imbalanced. Of the new cast you have the likelihood of a female and black lead with a latin (Isaac) support actor and a red headed Gleeson. Throw in a major female character yet to be cast and things are more diverse than at first glance. Also if most of the new cast are ‘related’ to the original trio then they would be at leafs white and some would be male so I can deal with that. I hate the idea of characters being cast with a quota in mind in fear of facing the ire of fans, to me that is more condescending than progress. I don’t want a token black guy in a film but one that has significance to the story which I assume would be the same for female roles. Not many people have been complaining on this issue with the Avengers or Marvel movies in general, seems like people will use the zeitgeist of Star Wars as a soap box to highlight VERY important social issues but at the expense of the innocent joy of returning to a beloved franchise thought dead.

  3. Thanks for all the great comments, please keep them coming!

  4. Stormin

    Star Wars isn’t Star Trek on social issues. If race doesn’t matter why the need for diversity? Or does race only matter when its white dominated? Is Asian & India cinema worried about diversity? Or is diversity about money by using racial identity to attract every race?

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