“No Hope at All” .That would be my title of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Emulating Episode IV where it all began, could this new episode be the end? I have to question all of it because previous rumours suggested that Peter Mayhew would not be reprising his role as Chewbacca, but now it has been confirmed that he is and that his medical issues are obviously over.
Having said this it is clear that JJ Abrams is tossing out the Star Wars Expanded Universe insofar as the character development that fans have enjoyed through the novelization of their continued exploits. Sadly this can also only mean one thing: the Death of Han, Luke and Leia. I say this because lets face it, the real world actors who portray these characters are, shall we say, well past their primes.
Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill haven’t really done any noteworthy acting in decades and Harrison Ford, is well, 72 this year! I admit they are all pretty pumped about having cameos in the new film, but it occurred to me that frankly that’s all it can be. They certainly won’t be seen in future Star Wars films because it is likely, based on their age, that they will be killed off in this upcoming film. It makes sense, because they want to “rework” the whole Star Wars thing and that is why the script is apparently focusing on the children of the original characters.
I suspect they will all die honorable deaths (as Chewbacca did in “Vector Prime”) and that the villain responsible will be the arc of the new storyline. I venture to guess that they won’t survive because it just doesn’t seem plausible to reintroduce the original characters from the first trilogy and keep them on for the next two films after episode VII. JJ Abrams knows this and has to move beyond the original characters quickly in order for the storyline to evolve around the offspring.
Although I am disappointed that the EU has been scrapped, I am happy for Peter Mayhew. He has always been Chewy!