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.

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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

65 novels and counting

I just finished reading the last novel in the Star Wars:Legacy of The Force series.  This is the 65th Star Wars fiction novel that I’ve read to date. All of them, excluding Splinter of the Mind;s Eye (see one of my earlier posts), are about the continuing adventures of the core group of characters from Star Wars: A New Hope.

It all started back in 1991.  Timothy Zahn had just published a trilogy of books, the first one titled “Heir to the Empire”.  Picking up where the original movie trilogy left off, it began an explosion of Expanded Universe media. Following these works, Star Wars novels and story collections by authors such as Kevin J. Anderson and Michael A. Stackpole were released, reinvigorating the Star Wars Franchise that had been largely dormant for years.

Since it’s release, George Lucas decided that if more were to be published, the novels would have to maintain continuity and that characters from one story could not be altered to satisfy a different story.  The novels also started a timeline which grew from what is referred to as After Battle of Yavin (ABY).  The books in the Expanded Universe would indicate how long after ABY the story occurred.

To date they have written stories that are set 138 years after the Battle of Yavin (the destruction of the first Death Star) and a couple of thousand years before it (origins of the Sith and the Jedi).  Although I haven’t gotten to the point where I’m reading about Luke Skywalkers’ descendants,  I have gotten far enough along in the character development to see Luke as an aged (he’s around 62 years old) Jedi Grand Master.

It wasn’t so long ago that he was just a starry-eyed farm boy from Tatooine who dreamt of adventure and excitement in a Galaxy far, far away,…

Star Wars: The Old Republic

I’ve played many of the Star Wars video games…as far back as games like X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter! As a fan, it’s really cool to be able to immerse yourself in the Used Universe as often as possible. Flying a Tie Fighter or wielding a lightsaber can be very liberating (and destructive!)

Some video games do a good job of allowing the player to really ‘become’ the character, others of course, are a marketing ploy to just bring in cash.

Over the years the games really haven’t gotten much better in terms of story which is disappointing. The graphics have improved and on some games could be considered stunning (The Force Unleashed). The gameplay has been entertaining but not to the point where one would wan to play for hours.  Rarely a game comes along that is truly fun to play.

Maybe the latest Star Wars online video game will change all that.  From what I have read Star Wars: The Old Republic certainly looks impressive.  The cinematic “cut scenes” are downright cool.  If the gameplay and story for this replacement of Star Wars: Galaxies is better than it’s predecessor then fans alike will be in for a real treat.

Personally I can wait until some of the bugs are ironed out, but rest assured I will be online soon checking out some more of the Used Universe.

Check out the very cool game trailers on the official site.