Don’t Expect to See Legacy Characters in Future ‘Star Wars’ Films

Thursday, 16 March 2017 - 8:58PM
Star Wars
Thursday, 16 March 2017 - 8:58PM
Don’t Expect to See Legacy Characters in Future ‘Star Wars’ Films
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Looks like we'll be saying goodbye to the older Star Wars heroes and planets we've known for so long - the future of the franchise is heading in a direction far far away.

Gary Whitta, the co-writer of Rogue One, recently spoke with ComingSoon about the future of the franchise. And when asked about the future of the original trilogy characters in upcoming films, Whitta made it clear that the past will stay in the past:

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"One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We've got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they've already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they're making 10 or 20 years from now, I don't think they're going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past."
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They're already heading in that direction. While this new policy clearly won't apply to the Han Solo film, the majority of Rogue One was new characters in new places, and we didn't even see a lightsaber until the end (in a scene that was added last minute). Whitta attributes this to the monotony of old stories.

Opening quote
"I'm speaking purely as a fan. I obviously have no idea what their plans are for the franchise. I did my small piece of it, but it makes sense to me that you don't want to keep telling the same story over and over again. You want to tell new stories."
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So, new stories it is. This doesn't come as a huge surprise, since it seemed like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One were using legacy characters to introduce a new ring of characters anyway. While Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) will have roles to play in The Last Jedi, it certainly seems like they'll play supporting characters to Rey and Finn. And Lucasfilm has confirmed that they won't CGI Leia into future movies, so her part in Last Jedi (which Fisher had finished filming) should be the character's last.

It seems time for a change of hand. There's plenty to explore in the Star Wars universe between gaps in timelines and endless galaxies, and hopefully we'll get to see it. Before we say goodbye to the treasured characters that made the series famous, we will be able to experience familiar stories with not-so-familiar faces in the Han Solo spinoff due out May 25, 2018.

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