Penniless Prowse?

I just read an article that outlined the paycheques that some of the actors from the original Trilogy received for being in the films.

Surprisingly I found out that Dave Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, wasn’t even paid at all! This was allegedly due to due to “extremely ‘creative’ Hollywood accounting”.  This means he got letters from Lucasfilm stating that the movies never made any money and therefore they had nothing for him.

prowseNow, I’m not one to normally comment on these types of articles, but I have to say this…Bullshit!  I simply don’t believe that Dave Prowse was dumb enough to suit up for all three films and not get paid.  After A New Hope was filmed, you have to believe that in order for him to reprise his role, he would have put his foot down and simply stated that he’s not working for free.

Okay, yes they could have threatened to replace him, but I’m certain that by now he would have said something to the media regarding not being paid.  Interestingly enough he doesn’t even mention it on his official website either.

Personally, Dave, I would have done it for free, but then that’s just an extreme fan talking.  I hope you did get paid though! May the Force be with You!

Expanded Universe may yet be of some use to us….

Rumours have it that Adam Driver will play the role of Jacen Solo (or whatever name they give him), Han and Leia’s son.  Daisy Ridley is supposedly playing the role of their daughter Jaina (again whatever name they choose with Solo tacked on at the end).

Jaina_vs_CaedusApparently they are going to take some of the plot lines from the Expanded Universe novels in where Driver’s character plays a Jedi who is turned to the darkside and it’s Ridley’s character that tries to bring him back to the “good” side. The storyline makes a lot of sense and definitely would bring back some of the old conflicts that were present in previous films…Good versus evil…Dark versus light…Sith Versus Jedi. The intriguing part is that it happens to the offspring of Han & Leia and makes it that much more interesting.  It’s also a good way to ensure that, at the very least, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are potentially written off in Episode VII…in the novels, Jacen Solo becomes Darth Caedus and tries to snuff out his parents, deeming them New Republic terrorists.

I would venture to guess that Max von Sydow’s character will play the villain that tempts Driver’s character into becoming a Sith.

On the surface, Adam Driver does look a little bit like a cross between Harrison ford and Carrie Fisher. If this is the plot line that they are taking, which, based on the casting looks to fit, then it should be an interesting story.

Another plot line is that because this Jacen Solo becomes powerful, he pits his power of the Force against what will most assuredly be MASTER Jedi Luke Skywalker.  The master being that after 30 years, Luke has become the same or more powerful than Yoda was. This could also be the way the write Mark Hamill out of Episode VII. Luke would potentially fail to beat Darth Caedus….

I speak to the fact that having Harrison ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill be cast for episodes VIII and IX doesn’t make a lot of sense considering Disney has already stated the new films will focus on the children (of the main characters). So, this plot line seems the most feasible

A Long, Long, Long, Long time ago……

Star-Wars-VIII still can’t get over it.  Although Episode VII is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, I still can’t get over the fact that we will see Luke, Han and Leia return to the Star Wars Universe. Or should I say, Mark, Harrison & Carrie?   I have to cringe at what the possible outcomes will be having these three re-unite to play characters that they left behind literally 30 years ago.

Let’s face it, Harrison Ford might still be able to pull off Han Solo, but Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil have done very little acting in the last 30 years.  Personally I am not convinced they can pull it off.

Most of the “treatments” of episodes VII thru IX are not anywhere close to what Lucas had envisioned (today anyway), but for readers interest I’ll post them here.  I still can’t see beyond the aged characters….

  • Episode VII would begin roughly 20 (or perhaps 30-40) years after the end of Return of the Jedi (according to Lucas in 1980 and 1982).
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO would be the only characters who might continue through all nine films (Lucas in 1980, 1981 and 1983).
  • The trilogy would deal with the rebuilding of the Republic (Lucas in 1980).
  • “It’s like a saga, the story of a group of people, a family” (Lucas in 1980).
  • The focus would be on Luke Skywalker’s journey to becoming the premier Jedi knight, with Luke’s sister (who was not Leia) appearing in Episode VIII, and the first appearance of the Emperor, and Luke’s ultimate confrontation with him, in Episode IX (a storyline as planned pre-1980, according to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz).
  • Luke would have a romantic relationship with a female love interest (Lucas in 1988).
  • The main theme of the trilogy would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned (Lucas in 1983 and 1989).
  • The key actors, Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Ford as Han Solo, and Fisher as Princess Leia, would appear, in their 60s or 70s (Lucas in 1983).
  • In Episode IX, Hamill would cameo, “like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope” (according to Hamill, in 2004).
  • “The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal. I have a tiny notebook full of notes on that. If I’m really ambitious, I could proceed to figure out what would have happened to Luke” (Lucas in 1980).

It’s official…or is it?

Although they haven’t started filming yet, the cast for Star Wars Episode VII has been “officially” announced.  I personally am somewhat disappointed that they haven’t got any really good actors portraying the new characters. header.jpg

The new cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

I’ll admit I’ve never actually heard of most of them except Andy Serkis and Max Von Sydow.  Chances are Sydow’s role will be short lived because of his age…likely some sort of high ranking general or a Sith lord in the newest installment. As for the rest, well. let’s hope the casting director and JJ Abrams know what they are doing.

Although the original cast is being pulled out of mothballs, I find it unlikely that they too will endure beyond this movie and will likely only see cameo roles.

Again I am somewhat upset that the Expanded Universe is being thrown out the window so to speak but I do hope that they try to incorporate some of the elements brought forth by the novelization timeline. I am keeping my fingers, toes, arms and eyes crossed!

Episode VII – No Hope at All

star-wars-poster“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!

Do you think they’ll melt us down?

DroidsIt occurred to me that if JJ Abrams isn’t going to follow the timeline and events from the Expanded Universe novels for the new Episode VII film, what happens to C-3P0 and R2-D2?

Since there has been no talk or rumours about re-casting Anthony Daniels for the role of Threepio (even if it’s a voice over), does this mean that Goldenrod and his sidekick won’t offer comic relief in Episode VII?

I think we can assume, much like the Star Trek reboot, that JJ Abrams will be updating the tech in the Star Wars universe, considering Episode VII is set 30 years after ROTJ. Having said this Threepio and R2 would be obsolete droids so would they even be around for this adventure? Considering it would be like using an old Motorola “brick” cellphone today versus a sleek iPhone, I’d say the old droids may have seen their day.

Something to consider for all you Droid lovers out there….

 

Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi?

HeirtotheempireWell, it’s been confirmed.  Star Wars Episode VII has been set 30 years after the events of the destruction of the second Death Star.  The casting rumours are floating around still, but lets face it, at least one of the main characters from Episodes IV, V & VI will make an appearance.  Why? Well, think Luke Skywalker in a tank of Bacta Fluid (Episode V).  This stuff heals almost anything and since it will have been only 30 years, at least one of them must have survived!

Sadly, this likely means that those of us who have followed the character development of the main (and some sub) characters through the novels (since Heir to the Empire was released in 1991) will not see this timeline cemented in celluloid, or hard disk, whichever format they use these days!

Personally, after reading 65 of the novels I have grown with these characters and am not quite sure how I am going to accept a totally different interpretation of their lives on the silver screen.  Alternate realities will have to do.

Please don’t screw this up Mr. Abrams…i’m still really to young to be hurt like this 😉