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Women's roles make the jump to light speed in new Star Wars universe

Senior vice-president for development at Lucasfilm, Kiri Hart, grew up in Los Angeles a passionate fan of the first Star Wars film and especially Princess Leia. "She was doing a bunch of things that women in movies didn't usually do."

New York

PRINCESS Leia is tough, idealistic and frequently sardonic. She is also quiet. Women in the original Star Wars trilogy spoke fewer than half as many words as their male colleagues did. Leia's limited dialogue in Star Wars went unchallenged in 1977, but 40 years later, the lack of...

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