‘Star Wars Episode 7′: Joss Whedon Wouldn’t Have Brought Back Original Characters

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 12th, 2013 at 6:03 am,

 Star Wars Episode 7: Joss Whedon Wouldnt Have Brought Back Original Characters

Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm (and the announcement of new Star Wars films) stands as one of the biggest developments the entertainment world has seen in years. Almost instantly, the debate began on which filmmaker should be entrusted with re-launching the franchise, and while JJ Abrams was ultimately selected to direct Episode 7, one fan favorite name never had a chance at the job: Joss Whedon.

The Avengers writer/director, many fans argue, would have made a brilliant choice to make the film. After all, his work with Marvel (in addition to TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly) prove that he knows a thing or two about working with ensemble casts – and dealing with supernatural forces. Plus, those projects also feature the balance of light-hearted adventure, wry humor and character-motivated story that has made Star Wars one of the most beloved film series of all-time.

Nevertheless, Whedon is hard at work overseeing Phase Two of Marvel’s big-screen efforts – culminating in The Avengers 2 in 2015 – as well as the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. However, one cannot help but wonder exactly how Whedon would have approached this new Star Wars trilogy, were he available to work on it.

Digital Spy recently got a chance to ask Whedon just that, and his answer may prove controversial to the massive Star Wars fanbase. Here’s what he said:

“I wouldn’t go back. I’d go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that [the original trilogy's characters] did. Not that I wouldn’t want to see them… I’d be excited to. But I also feel like I would want to explore a very different part of that universe.”

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The prospect of leaving beloved characters like Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Boba Fett in the past may not be one that most fans will be to keen on exploring. In fact, recent news that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are close to joining the cast of Episode 7 directly contradicts Whedon’s philosophy. The director did say that, should characters like Han Solo play a role in the new film, recasting is not an option he would explore.

“[Recasting] I would never want to do. Some things may not be rebooted.”

Some Star Wars fans think that bringing Luke, Han and Leia into this new trilogy is a necessary step to bridge the gap from Return of the Jedi to Abrams’ film. However, after the Star Wars prequels (in many longtime fans’ eyes) failed to live up to the original trilogy, others would prefer to leave the Skywalker twins and the “scruffy-looking nerf herder” untarnished.

Regardless, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Disney/Lucasfilm is intent on mining the rich mythology of the existing films (as well as perhaps the Expanded Universe of the novels, etc.).

Given Whedon’s comments, would you be interested in seeing his vision of Star Wars (perhaps even in a future film)? Or are you glad that Episode 7 seems to going the nostalgic route?

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Star Wars: Episode 7 is currently aiming for a 2015 release date.

Source: Digital Spy via Collider

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  1. Blah blah blah this is a none story….

    • This is a non-story for the simple and obvious reason the original STAR WARS cast is being pulled out of the retirement home for marketing reasons (especially overseas where box office is most lucrative).

      It’s not about nostalgia or homage (or some “bridge”). Sorry to bust your bubble, but this thing is about M-O-N-E-Y…and mo’ M-O-N-E-Y.

      Put it this way: If inclusion of these “seniors” could possibly hurt the box offfice prospects…right.

  2. Well, I’m glad that Whedon isn’t directing Episode VII. I am really looking forward to seeing Luke, Leia, and Han in the movie. I also think that Lando and Wedge should return too.

  3. All I ask is that they are killed. Awesomely. Heroically. BRUTALLY. Not because I like gory death but because it would fit with the kind of characters they are and it would transition to a newer story line.

  4. I read and reread his comment several times, and his remark about recasting doesn’t seem to me like he’s saying he wouldn’t recast the same actors, but that he wouldn’t recast the roles to other people and would leave them to the original actors. I guess it could be interpreted either way by how it’s worded.

  5. If Whedon gotten in the directors chair of Star Wars VII he would of been the one to screw it up. You can’t make a star wars movie without the original characters being referenced it would just seem like a cheap knock off of the franchise.

    • How do you know? It’s never been done before.

  6. But if the Empire is building a new Death Star, who else is going to stop them?

  7. I don’t understand why some people have so many issues with the fact that the original cast is old. There are plenty of old actors still actively working in Hollywood who turn in amazing performances. Christopher Lee, one of the oldest working actors in Hollywood, is well into his 90s, and was still one of the better parts of AOTC and ROTS. Like Indy himself said: “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”

    • BINGO

    • That is not saying much since those movies both stank.

  8. Who cares about what whedon says?? yes, I get it, he directed the Avengers and it was a huge success.. but what about his other films? Nobody seems to remember them at all. Just because you have one good movie does not mean you can throw your absurd opinions around. Star Wars will not be what it is today without Luke, Han and Leia. Leave it to JJ Abrams and Kennedy. They know what they’re doing.

    • Besides The Avengers he also made Serenity which in turn was a spin off from the Firefly series.The episodes of that show were little movies in themselves.With Dollhouse,Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer he has proved he can write excellent stories and play around with characters as much as Abrams can.

      But I happen to agree with him on the necessity to bring on older characters.Of course I would like to see them again.Only in what capacity?In the video games Luke and other characters play significant roles on and off screen.You know they are important and doing important things but the focus lies on the character you play as or follow.So it is not really needed for them to actually be in the production as referring to them will suffice as well.Can you tell with certainty that the older cast will have significant importance or rather will be glorified cameo’s.I liked Abrams use of original Spock in Star Trek.But that is but one person.Now you have more characters to deal with.Is there room for that kind of nostalgia?

      I would like to see new stories and new characters in the same universe
      that connect to the original trilogy like the aftermath of the Empire being destroyed and such.

    • @han solas:
      “I get it, he directed the Avengers and it was a huge success.. but what about his other films? Nobody seems to remember them at all.”
      I remember Serenity (his only other feature film to date), and most Firefly fans remember the movie as well (does that make us nobodies?). As for his other work, I’m sure I’m not far off by saying most avid tv watchers would remember Buffy, Firefly and Angel. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was also pretty popular in the web-sphere.

      “Just because you have one good movie does not mean you can throw your absurd opinions around.”
      Whedon didn’t just randomly issue a press announcement where he ranted about what he would have done with Star Wars. He was asked a question during an interview, and answered the question as honestly as he could. What was he going to say? “I refuse to answer your question because even though I have an opinion on the new Star Wars movies, I have no right to say anything about it”?

  9. If they cast for a young Han Solo I nominate Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I hope they don’t though.

    • How can you have a young Han Solo?
      Han Solo after original trilogy needs to be an older character than he was in the original.Or do you want a Benjamin Button like story?

  10. It’s not that the actors are too old to act, It’s more that they are too old for the roles. I would like to see Legacy era focusing on the kids.

  11. but their age will impact where they will have to start the series of movies from, han cant become the Han that marries Leia, and Leia is past her baby years, and tho luke is the younger looker he is far past his youth.

  12. And why do we care what Joss Whedon thinks?

    • Since you are here,you do care otherwise why reply?

  13. I’m happy that Disney was smart to recast the original cast members. It’s probably the smartest move ever by a studio and it’s execs. They are the only viable presence that can save the franchise at this point since episodes 1, 2 & 3 basically killed the franchise…I’d also like to see other characters reprise their rolls like billy dee Williams….I think this is going to be one incredible, historical marker in the Star Wars Saga! Who would have thought that this would ever possibly happen…reuniting the original cast that defined what star wars was.

    • Nope,good writing is what will save the franchise if it really needs saving.I don”t agree with the prequels having killed of the franchise.Star Wars is as huge as it ever was.It only caused some dents that can easily be bumped out.If the original cast will be prominent players and have significant roles then it might be a good idea to use them.Somehow I don’t have that trust.This is Disney after all and it could easily be that they use the OG cast as glorified cameos.

  14. Honestly, Joss Whedon is a pretty substandard, crap director. He should stick to TV, because outside of the success of the Avengers the only people who consider his work “good” are fanboys.

    Dare I say, The Avengers accomplished it’s goal of uniting all the characters into a storyline, but I didn’t think it was all that great of a movie. 3 out of 5 at best. If he had a shot at Star Wars, it would be more of the same.

    • He’s a bit over-hyped for sure. He even said Avengers wasn’t a great movie, just a good time. When I see Star Wars I don’t want it to feel like a made for tv movie, or a tv show. Abrams left me in awe the first time I saw Star Trek, and I cannot think of a better choice for Star Wars.

  15. I believe what he is saying is that the story should not be primarily about these older characters and the same old struggles they were tied up in from the past.
    But its also fine for them to make appearances and even to have key roles.
    They should not be recast (played by other actors) if they do make appearances.

  16. That’s because Joss Whedon is bad at using previously established characters (See: The Avengers) and he’s much better at doing his own thing.

    Abrams proved with Star Trek that he can bring it.

  17. What matters most in this is the fact Abrams is directing and not Whedon. Therefore, the opinion of Whedon is irrelevant. I happen to disagree with Whedon’s assessment. The choice of bringing in the original cast can and I foresee will be a good one. I do hope however their roles are that of Yoda and Mace Windo and the next generation is where the primary dialog is kept. I think it would be cool however to see Leah in at least one major Jedi battle (perhaps protecting her teenage early twenties children) because we learned of her yet never saw her in action.I would like to see some references to the expanded universe like a dropped quote similar to “well at least he’s not Thrawn” or something to the effect. It would also be a very good idea to show Mara Jade in true form married to Luke. She is a great character.

    Who knows what will come out of Disney for this up and coming hyped flick? What I do know is I will be buying a ticket come hell or high water even if I have to sell my beloved possessions to go. Why? because I want to find out what they do and so do you all or you would not be writing on this page.

  18. My first thought of a “Star Wars VII” director was Whedon. He did great with “The Avengers” for the reasons specified in the article.

    I do think Abrams will do great! But, if Whedon were running the show, I personally would trust him with whatever his vision would be.

  19. Correction to this article: They are not Skywalker twins, they are Solo Twins. Jacen and Jaina Solo not Skywalker.

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