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Star Wars 9 is reportedly on the hunt for a new female lead to fight alongside Rey

What with Star Wars: The Last Jedi (and unfortunate real-life events) culling the heroic herd somewhat, it’s seemingly time for Star Wars Episode 9 (opens in new tab) to step up to the plate and offer us a fresh member to add to the new generation of heroes we’ve come to know and love. Move over Finn and Rey; say hello to Caro.

The Hashtag Show (opens in new tab) is reporting through its sources that the new character, Caro, will be an “ethnic female”. Actresses auditioning for the role will ideally be African-American and aged between 18 and 26.

As for the character herself, she is purportedly a “leader and problem solver, smart with a great sense of humor and a strong will. All this comes to her effortlessly.” So far, so very Star Wars, then. Which is no bad thing judging by the successes of the new characters we’ve met since Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (opens in new tab)

While we’re probably not getting a new Jedi anytime soon – though there is a Luke-shaped hole that needs filling – it’s nice to see a female POC in what looks to be a hugely prominent role, especially as Rey will be probably be off waging war against Kylo Ren.

My best guess? We’re either heralding in a new age of Star Wars do-gooders by introducing a character who will carry the franchise for the next decade, or Caro is going to be essentially the one to put the likes of Poe and Finn in their place by making her way up through the ranks of the Resistance. Either way, expect to see a brand-new main character heading for the stars in a galaxy far, far away

There’s plenty of speculation abound about Star Wars 9 already, so why not get in on the action by reading through these Star Wars Episode 9 theories. (opens in new tab)

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