Women are Scarce in “Midnight Special”


Last week, Warner Bros. released the first trailer to its new Sci-fi Drama “Midnight Special”.

The film is about Roy (Michael Shannon) and his “gifted” son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) who are both on the run. The two are the targets of a nationwide manhunt, both religious extremists and the government are after the boy with special powers.


Left to right: Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher, Kirsten Dunst. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

The film looks pretty intriguing. A father willing to do anything to protect his son. A boy with mysterious abilities that could change the world.

But what is evidently obvious about “Midnight Special” is the very little amount of women in the film. In fact, there is only one female character that is significant to the plot.

There are a total of eight male actors listed in the the film’s cast. The single actress listed amongst the film’s heavily male cast is Kirsten Dunst.

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Kirsten Dunst in the “Midnight Special” trailer.

All we know of Dunst’s character is that she helps Roy and Alton while they are on the run. Dunst’s hairstyle is similar to the hairstyle worn by women who are part of the religious sect shown in the trailer. Thus, we can assume that she has escaped the sect which is also after Alton.

In a time where women are still underrepresented in movies, it seems that Warner Bros. didn’t even try to balance the ratio of women to men in “Midnight Special”. What could they have done differently? Perhaps replace Michael Shannon’s character Roy with a motherly character instead of a father. Heck, they could’ve kept Shannon and added a mother so there would at least be more than one woman in the movie. But the former is a better option.

What do you think about “Midnight Special”? Though the film has to yet be released, do you agree there should be more women?


One thought on “Women are Scarce in “Midnight Special”

  1. Joshua says:

    There should probably be more female characters, but to change Michael Shannon’s character from a father into a mother changes the entire film. It changes the entire relationship between parent and child, and changes the aspect of the film in a way warner bros maybe wasn’t looking for


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