There’s a tired formula to ensemble action-fantasy films that hasn’t really changed since the first “Star Wars” came out in 1977 when a gun-wielding Princess Leia, along with her intergalactic comrades, took cineplexes by storm. With the lead cast announced for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” it’s becoming clear we have another token inner-circle heroine to look forward to in newcomer British actress Daisy Ridley (and maybe one more leading lady, according to The Hollywood Reporter ). Unless Carrie Fisher winds up getting loads of screen time and starts wielding a lightsaber, it looks like Ridley may be our “Star Wars” ‘it’ girl in more ways than one. [Related: Who’s Who and What’s What in the ‘Star Wars’ Casting Pic ] It’s nothing new to see the one girl among a male-heavy hero-clique.
Early footage that’s surfaced from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has promised an epic gathering of mutants — with characters from nearly every cranny of the 14-year-old comic book-inspired movie series uniting to stop a war though time travel. It has come in flashes and snippets (or trailers and featurettes) — until Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards when Ellen Page (aka Kitty Pryde) introduced the first full clip from the movie, called “Opening Battle,” which introduces the hotly anticipated film’s new mutants. We last saw Kitty Pryde running through walls in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Now she’s back, using her phasing powers with the newbie mutants on a spaceship as they’re forced to do battle with a big ol’ Sentinel. They’re joined by familiar face Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), flying around in fully-iced mode.