The Hollywood universe is full of young, fresh faces waiting to make their break in the world. And most of the actors entering into the world of Star Wars in the 70’s were just that: young and ready to embark on a huge film career with this franchise. Harrison Ford started his monstrous career with Star Wars Episode IV. His Han Solo became iconic and the framework for future characters to bounce off of Solo.
Now with Disney acquiring Lucas Films, the next Star Wars trilogy is in the works. And all three original actors from the first trilogy have signed on to reprise their roles. Awesome, right?! Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker all back for more great adventures in the Star Wars universe. Should be awesome. Except for the fact all three of these actors are over 50 years of age! Harrison Ford turns 72 this year and we’re expecting him to be the same Han Solo that flew the Millennium Falcon with Chewy and posed as a storm trooper? I don’t think so. Ford is great playing the older, wise character with the experience and knowledge to give the younger characters such as in Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams. And I would love to see him as sort of a Ben Kenobi in the first trilogy for any new characters they might decide to bring in, but not playing the same role with the same adventurous expectations.
Carrie Fisher, recently confirmed to reprise Leia, said it best in an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated on how new Leia would be, “ Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”
I have faith J.J. Abrams won’t force us to watch a battle between retired empire followers and retired rebels.
Are you excited for a Disney Star Wars?
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