Confirmed: Original cast returning for Star Wars VII

posted at 5:21 pm on April 29, 2014 by Allahpundit

Plus some newbies, of course. The biggest surprise? Ben Affleck as Boba Fett.

No, no, I kid. Anyway, I for one look forward to seeing my childhood idols ruthlessly diminished by age.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

You know how I feel about this. If the original crew ends up as peripheral characters, it’ll feel like stunt-casting. You’ll get the big Han reveal at the beginning (audience ovation) followed by 20 or so minutes of twinkly-eyed mentorship of some younger, less charismatic character sprinkled throughout. Meh. If instead the original crew ends up as main characters, it’ll be the first ever sci-fi flick with senior citizens as its nucleus. (Well, maybe not the very first.) How’d you like to be one of the younger, lesser-known stars competing with Luke Skywalker for audience attention? How do you build a new franchise on people like that going forward? Unless these actors are exceptional, they’re going to be swallowed alive by the nostalgia surrounding Harrison, Mark, and Carrie. Maybe J.J. Abrams should have insisted on major stars in every role to hedge against that.

The more I think about it, though, the greater the odds that people will be pleasantly surprised by the results. It’s purely a matter of expectations. At first, everyone was excited to hear that a new “Star Wars” movie was coming. Then they were excited to find that Abrams was in charge. Then they were excited to discover that everyone from the first movie was coming back. Now the backlash will begin: It can’t possibly be as good as we hope. In fact, given the precedent set by the prequels, it might very well be terrible. Who wants to see Han Solo with gray hair and Chewbacca using a walker? It’s going to stink stink stink. And then it’ll be in theaters and it’ll be good-ish and everyone will decide that it’s so far above expectations that they should make a dozen more, even if Ford gets so old that he looks like Yoda. And so they’ll make a dozen more, and most of those will stink stink stink. But it’ll all have been worth it for that first Han reveal, amirite?

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Screw the new Star Wars Movies, I’m just looking for the time afterwards where they get featured on Red Letter Media. You know AP is too!

Avatar72 on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I will go into the movie with no pre-judgement and determine if it is good by watching it. Never mind who is in it. Is the story good? Do the actors make it live? Are there too many special effects… I watch all sequels on that basis. Some are good, some are bad. Speculation at this point is… pointless.

Endunamoo on April 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

George Lucas original plan was to do 9 episodes. I was always more interested in the story after episode VI, rather than the 3 prequels. Darth Vaders origin could have been as back story. I also think Ep II is underrated as a stand alone movie.

Regarding the future story, it seems like they could it make about the children of the original characters, who becomes dark and who becomes light, and the battle that ensues. Ford, Hamill and Fisher could fit in nicely in that context. The children of Luke against the children of Leia.

Regarding the movie that gets made, Disney, Lucas and Abrams have too much at stake to screw this up. Hopefully, they will learn from the mistakes of Eps I-III and take the story in a different, more adult direction.

How will the next movie do at the box office?
17 months before it’s release and the Internet is already buzzing about it. Whether, you like Star Wars or not, this franchise has an enormous worldwide fan base.

Add in Imax and 3D, it could be a wild ride. If you are at a theater and the first trailer for Episode VI comes on, you may not be into it, but a lot of people around you are going to be very excited.

I expect this movie to make some serious coin at the box office.
After all, we are talking about Star Wars.

MichaelGabriel on April 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Carrie Fisher… didn’t she flip her sh*t or something? Like several times as I recall?

gekkobear on April 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

You’re thinking maybe of Margot Kidder?

CurtZHP on April 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM

1) I think you’re right, I was thinking of someone else when I made that comment. Maybe Margot Kidder.

2) That doesn’t mean I was wrong.

Recovering drug user, with a dead guy found in her home of an OD in 2005 (which makes me question the “recovering” and when that started.

With bipolar episodes on top of that.

So… you’re right, I was thinking of someone else; but I apparently came close to the center of the target by chance.

So I lucked into being close to accurate anyhow?

gekkobear on April 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM