Vader is here, now…

prowseIt has been confirmed that the latest Star Wars spin off film will center around Han Solo.  It was announce a week or so ago.  Apparently although not a major role, our favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader will be making an appearance.

They can certainly pull off the voice of Vader because James Earl Jones is still doing Vader voiceover’s (Star Wars Rebels animated series).  The question is, who will play the character?  Who dons the helmet one more time?

Mr. David Prowse, if you are listening, here’s your chance.  You got shut out of reprising your role as Vader in Revenge of the Sith, because appatently George didn’t want you.  Now that George (Lucas) has sold Lucasfilm to Disney, it’s Disney’s call as to who wears the black armour.

I think Dave deserves a shot at it because then, as Vader would say, “The circle is now complete”…all the other principal actors reprised their original roles in Star Wars Episode VII…it’s time to give Vader back to the man who brought him to life.

Delusions of Grandeur? Maybe not….

jj-abrams-star-warsI read an article a few months ago about an interview with Anthony Daniels (C-3P0).  In it he stated that he believes that “Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be better than The Empire Strikes Back”.  For Star Wars fans, that’s a big statement.

Coming from the man that has been the physical and vocal (cartoons, video games etc.) character of C-3P0 for almost 40 years, I first though this was a jaded perspective.  I thought of course he would say something like that because Star Wars has been his primary source of income for 4 decades.Perhaps I was too critical of his comments because I thought he was just trying to pump up the new film.

After recently watching JJ Abrams second movie in the other space franchise…ok I’ll say it, Star Trek…I must admit that he really knows what he is doing.  I though the second film was way better than the first and it was very entertaining.  I kept thinking to myself if he and the writer from The Empire Strikes Back, Mr. Lawrence Kasdan, wrote a great script for Episode VII then it is a certainty that it will be very well directed.

Maybe Threepio is right.  Could The Force Awakens be better or equal to The Empire Strikes Back?  As a fan, I sure hope so…I’ll just have to wait another 299 days to find out!

If Episode VII sucks…it’s not my fault.

glIn a recent interview Star Wars creator George Lucas was quoted as saying that if the new Star Wars movie sucks that he won’t be responsible.  Apparently none of the writing credits will go to Lucas this time.  Even though he had written a draft for Episode VII a few years earlier (and subsequently sold it along with his company to Disney), it was not used for Episode VII.

So I guess it’s really official…other than acting as a creative consultant, Lucas has absolutely no input in what happens to his epic space saga.  Sadly this is what happens when you sell everything! Mind you, he got married a few years ago so it’s probably no coincidence that he’s living the good life with his younger wife, Melody Hobson and his newly born daughter (2013).

In a way it’s probably a good thing for Mr. Lucas.  Just think, he has either written and/or directed every Star Wars film (and rightly so) until now so it may be a nice treat for him.  Why?  Because when he sees Episode VII in the theatre (likely his own) he will, for the first time, be seeing a Star Wars film that he did not create or have any input in.  He finally gets to “watch” !

I can’t wait until “The Force Awakens”…

It’s official…Star Wars Episode VII has a title: “The Force Awakens“.  It sounds cool.  Certainly better than “Attack of the Clones” and ultimately a better film, or so we hope.  A lot of it has been surprisingly kept secret with of course the odd picture surfacing here and there. One of my favorites is what I like to call the “SpaceHog”.spacehogApparently it’s a full sized creature that takes several men to operate it, much like Jabba the Hut was in Return of the Jedi.  Apparently JJ Abrams wanted to use a great deal of physical effects like in days of old rather than relying too heavily on blue/green screen computer animation. I for one hope that a return to old school visual effects will make the film one of the best in the series.  After all the fan favorite, The Empire Strikes Back was directed by someone (Irvin Kershner) other than George  Lucas so there is still hope that this film will be like Star Wars of old.  I can’t wait until The Force Awakens!

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!