Ever since Disney announced that it was planning to release standalone "spinoff" Star Wars films in between the releases of the upcoming Sequel Trilogy films beginning this December with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, speculation has run rampant. While it’s generally believed that signature Star Wars names like Han Solo, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Boba Fett would be the focus of some of these side projects, the latest rumors seem to point to women stepping into the spotlight.

With the names of actresses like Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones and Tatiana Maslany coming up as possible leads for one of the standalone films, we thought it would be as a good a time as any to come up with 5 female Star Wars characters on which the first film could focus. We're using only in-movie characters, since the Expanded Universe was essentially torpedoed by the new Star Wars overlords at Disney. So, let’s see how well a lightsaber can break a glass ceiling and get to the list!

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5. Toryn Farr
The sacred original Star Wars trilogy did no favors to women who weren’t named "Leia" or green-skinned dancers who get eaten by the Rancor. However, this blink-and-you-miss-her character seen during the Empire’s attack on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back served an important role of coordinating the evacuation of the Rebels from the overpowering Imperials.

The Expanded Universe has created a number of adventures for the mysterious headphones-wearing heroine, but her fate in the films is generally unknown after Darth Vader busted through the base with his posse of Snowtroopers. A film focusing on her could chronicle an untold story of the Empire-era with her capture and maybe some intriguing interaction with the gaggle of Bounty Hunters with Boba Fett and the gang. Plus, the film could even culminate in the discussed, but never-shown, intelligence-gathering mission to get the plans for the second Death Star. (Spoiler: "It’s a trap!")

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