I don't understand the "need" threads for characters of a specific gender, race, sexuality, etc. I'm not opposed to a strong female character as the lead. In fact, I think it could be fantastic. But I always find it odd that a contingency jumps out and says that the saga needs more of "X characters" or has a responsibility because of its status to supply us with strong heroic "Y characters." First and foremost should be the story. Lucasfilm, Disney, et al are under no social responsibility to help support the cause of a specific group of people. I find it offensive in some ways. Whenever I hear suggestions that the news media or entertainment media is responsible to support causes/traits/ideals for which I am in the minority I am quite turned off. No one owes us anything for our diversity, that is up to us to make strong. If the next steps in the saga have female/alien/racial minority/etc protagonists with clever storytelling that is compelling then I'll be elated, but I in no way think anyone is obligated, or there is a responsibility, on the parts of the creators to fill those gaps.