Commenting on the news that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford have all agreed to join the next set of Star Wars movies, Suvudu writer Matt Staggs wrote some provoking thoughts HERE.
In short, he loves the idea. While some fans balk at the age of the actors, Matt argues that age can be used for some interesting storytelling in future movies.
- An older Princess Leia is now a mother of Jedi, more than likely, and become a formidable Jedi in her own right.
- An older Luke Skywalker has undoubtedly developed a wisdom—having to rebuild the Jedi Order—that rivals that of Yoda.
- An older Han Solo, while not spry, brings a possible network of scoundrels with him.
I agree with Matt on many levels. Bringing the characters of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo back is a masterstroke. There is a reason Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy became so popular when it was published; Star Wars fans wanted more from their favorite characters.
Well, now it looks like we are finally going to get more from these wonderful characters on the big screen.
It begs the question:
“Which character are you most excited to see again?”
For me personally, I can’t wait to see Luke Skywalker. Luke has always been an intriguing character to me. While he is the hero at the end of Return of the Jedi, he has also fallen prey to the Dark Side. Yoda warned him in Empire, “Once you start down the Dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will.”
Luke fell to the Dark Side during his battle with Vader. We have not witnessed what dire consequences Yoda’s prediction holds. Will we in these movies? I don’t know. The story of Luke’s continued fall to the Dark Side could have happened and concluded long before Star Wars: Episode VII opens.
That painting of elder Master Jedi Skywalker by artist Phil Noto gives me the shivers though. I want more from these characters!
But I digress. Who are you excited to see again?