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Is He Right? Joss Whedon Says He Wouldn't Bring Original Characters Back For 'Star Wars' Sequels

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 11, 2013 2:26 PM
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With "The Avengers" earning $1 billion and change, Joss Whedon has unofficially become the guru of how to take a franchise property, and turn it into a mega smash hit that does the rare trifecta of pleasing fanboys, audiences and critics all at once. And so course, he gets asked about what he would do given the chance the helm to "Star Wars: Episode 7," a gig he revealed earlier this year is certainly something he would have loved to take on. And the folks at Disney (who own Marvel, fyi) might not like to hear what he has to say.

"You know, I wouldn't go back, I'd go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did," he told Digital Spy, adding: "I would want to explore a very different part of that universe."

His thoughts echo our own, when we offered our advice around the time that rumors were floating about standalone films centering on a young Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. And with the sequels largely expected to revolve around the children of Luke, Han and Leia -- with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher all pretty much set to appear as well -- perhaps Whedon never had a fighting chance at the job anyway. Remember, Disney views "Star Wars" as a major licensing opportunity and we wouldn't be surprised if the focus on the central trio of characters continued past 'Episode VII.'

So is Whedon right? Is there a big galaxy out there worth exploring instead? Or do you have faith in J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt to do right by the series and the beloved classic characters? Let us know below.

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  • AmWg | March 12, 2013 10:08 AMReply

    He's absolutely right. New characters would expand the scope of the universe. It was always fun to imagine that there were other adventures going on and that there were other equally exciting characters. Connecting it all to the Skywalkers reduces this. It seems silly and unimaginative to think they are the only people with exciting stories.

  • Zinjo | March 11, 2013 7:58 PMReply

    As a jumping off point for the new trilogy, I believe they have a purpose, so long as the film isn't all about them and the nonsensical "linking" Lucas felt compelled to do. Luke would become the Ben Kenobi wise old man, Leia the wise old politician and Han, well Han will continue to be Han-shoot FIRST and ask questions later!

  • MDL | March 11, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    I would disagree. The only real question is how good is the script and how well is it directed. Bringing back some of the older actors just adds incentive for those over age 40 who want to give up on the series. This would bring them back. I say it is win win.

  • lasd | March 11, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    The fuck is going on with his accent? Seems to sashay into upper-class Brit and back again.

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