Disney and Lucasfilm have answered my prayers — as a Star Wars fan and the father of a little girl who’s destiny is to be a Star Wars fan as well — with Forces of Destiny.

Announced earlier today, Star Wars Forces of Destiny shines the spotlight on the women of the galaxy far, far away. According to StarWars.com

“Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters.”

Star Wars Forces of Destiny will launch in July with a series of animated micro shorts on the Disney YouTube channel, and will explore all-new adventures of the Star Wars galaxy’s most beloved heroines. Following in the fall of 2017 will be a two-part TV special with eight additional shorts to be aired on the Disney Channel. These animated adventures will be canon and will feature the voice talents of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o.

After hearing of the Forces of Destiny announcement on the first day of the Star Wars Celebration 2017, I really don’t care if they do release the much-awaited trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII) or not. I’m content with the news that there will be a Star Wars specifically for my little girl. That’s not to say that the current Star Wars movies, cartoons, books, toys, and other merchandise isn’t suited for my daughter — it very much is. Star Wars is for EVERYBODY! But this will be a Star Wars tailor-made for her and other girls that often have to shop for their Star Wars t-shirts in the boys’ wear section.

When a franchise has such strong female characters as Princess Leia Organa, Padmé Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, and others, it seems like a no-brainer that these heroines should be promoted and revered to inspire not only girls, but everybody. For too long, when it comes to media franchises such as Star Wars or Marvel Superheroes, girls seem to get the short end of the stick. Being heroic is not a virtue to market only to boys.

And, with an accompanying  line of “Adventure Figures” (an amalgam of traditional dolls and action figures), I know what Jean Louise is getting for Christmas and her birthday, and probably the any occasional time we just might happen to go to Target. Not to mention the books, apparel, bedding, and other must have accoutrements for any self-respecting little Star Wars fangirl.

Here’s a nearly 10-month old Jean Louise as Princess Leia on Halloween 2016…

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