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haxxiy said:

I feel like this trilogy, instead of approaching Lucas' original vision, is a bait-and-switch from the older characters we love, to marketable cute droids, aliens and a young, ever shifting "diverse" cast of characters who of course are paid less, and the mass-produced films of an expanded universe of little creativity but plenty of executive meddling.

There was an interview with someone in charge that was to the effect of casting diversity or especially having a woman lead because they want to get the woman viewer demographic to like star wars.

The person said that star wars fans are so die hard that they could do anything and they would still go and watch the film, so they aren't worried at all about trying to please them, but instead go after the non star wars fans and try and convert them to such.