Disney just went ahead and gobbled up Lucas Films, and promptly announced that yes, Star Wars Episode 7 is going to be in theaters in 2015. This has caused a stir in my house!
My husband found this to be troubling news as, did not the story of redemption for Darth Vader begin at his youth and then end at his redemption in that bonfire scene at the end of “Return of the Jedi”.
What does Episode 7 mean for our favorite Star Wars characters?
Certainly, C3PO and R2D2 will remain to act in Episode 7. Here are my comments on the others:
- Mark Hamill as the revered Jedi Leader Luke Skywalker? I doubt he would participate, but I think his character would be named and possibly an unreachable, maybe legendary figure?
- Harrison Ford – I think he would participate in the film series that gave him his big break (and brought him out of set building) of course, his character would be stuck in a boring dull ‘leader of trade federation’ kind of role, so not very exciting. I think Harrison Ford would demand something better, so not counting on his involvement.
- Carrie Fisher – As Princess Leia – certainly. A wise Queen Leia would not be a huge step in as a role for the veteran actress, nor for the script.
- Jabba the Hut – He died, of course, but we could certainly see the son of Jabba. Meaner and slimier and ruler of the now unchecked (minus the Republic) criminal empire
- Chewbacca the Wookie – Just run some grey hair coloring throughout that old suit and BANG! You have a senior Wookie!
My teenage sons would certainly like to see a film that is created in their generation about the epic Star Wars franchise, however they are not tied to it like my husband is and the rest of the GenerationX crew. Depending on how well Star Wars Episode 7 (VII) is made, (and I don’t just mean 3d, killer graphics, I mean meaningful story that goes beyond the action, one of moral lessons, and the choices between good and evil)
it may be a generational buster or a continuation of the franchise that will last for decades to come.