Dominic Monaghan, who appeared in the most recent Star Wars film The Rise of Skywalker, shares his thoughts on the future of the franchise. The Star Wars franchise has evolved in several ways since the title was acquired by Disney in 2012. Following creator George Lucas’s decision to take a step back from overseeing the series, the Mouse House passed the reins on to modern filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. The Star Wars franchise has seen box office success with film entries such as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, while also receiving critical acclaim on Disney+ with television series such as The Mandalorian and this year’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.
However, with The Rise of Skywalker being the most recent Star Wars movie, there has been a lot of discussion about Disney’s altered approach to handling the franchise. While several more Star Wars films have been announced and are set to be directed by respected filmmakers like Taika Waititi, Patty Jenkins, and Johnson, several of them have stalled in development. Disney’s focus currently seems to be on continuing Star Wars‘ television presence, including future seasons of The Mandalorian and the upcoming series Andor. Most of the upcoming titles focus on pre-established characters. Still, fans who prefer the cinematic experience of a Star Wars film on a big screen have been left with nothing but questions.
Now, speaking with Screen Rant during an interview at San Diego Comic-Con, Monaghan, who played Resistance fighter Beaumont in Rise of Skywalker, gives his own opinion on where the franchise should go next. Monaghan, who is currently promoting Moriarty: The Devil’s Game on Audible, believes that while the franchise has gained its fanbase by focusing on male heroes, said focus should shift in the future. Read the full excerpt below:
“I think they’re telling different stories with different characters in the Star Wars universe, and I just wonder if maybe after focusing so heavily on Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Ewan McGregor, and Hayden Christensen, maybe they should quite rightly be telling stories from female points of view or from different people’s points of view. So, I’ll just sit and wait.”
Monaghan’s take scratches the surface of a contentious disagreement between different sides of the Star Wars fandom. While the Disney+ series have been very successful and have carried on the franchise by telling new stories, the split Star Wars fandom, consisting of many followers who’ve criticized the franchise’s use of female and POC actors in major roles, has made for a hazardous environment to release projects into. Star Wars has made some attempts at broadening its scope, and for the most part, they have been well received. It is only a distressingly vocal minority that claims otherwise, though Lucasfilm shouldn’t be dissuaded from their efforts because of those opinions.
While Monaghan’s take may be controversial among certain sects of Star Wars fans, he definitely has a point in regards to depicting diverse stories and representation even in a galaxy far, far away. Both The Mandalorian and Andor are lead by Latino actors, and Daisy Ridley’s Rey has given a voice to so many young girls growing up watching the Star Wars films. The goal for Disney, and subsequent Star Wars productions, should be to maximize these stories and expand the universe so anyone watching can feel they fit, regardless of any loud voice in the background telling them they shouldn’t be there. If someone like Monaghan can see it, maybe Disney will soon realize that this is, indeed, the way.