‘Star Wars Episode 7′ Won’t Feature Wedge Antilles

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 13th, 2014 at 4:34 am,

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Disney’s sudden purchase of Lucasfilm (and the accompanying announcement that Star Wars: Episode VII would arrive in theaters in 2015) still stands as arguably the biggest entertainment story of the past couple of years. However, when the company broke the news, they also set off an infinite number of questions about what the new film would have in store for fans. Now, a year-and-a-half later, answers are finally emerging.

Most of the cast of the film has finally been revealed, and as fans have long expected, many of the characters from the original film trilogy are set to make a long-awaited return to the big screen. Of course, rumors are still swirling about who else may join the existing cast of Episode VII and whether Abrams’ nostalgia-fueled space adventure will recruit any additional familiar faces. Now we know of at least one actor who is officially not returning.

According to UK news site The Courier, actor Denis Lawson – who played Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles in all three original films – will not be appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII. However, whereas Billy Dee Williams has always seemed open to returning as Lando Calrissian, Lawson reportedly turned down the chance to take part in Episode VII.

Here’s what the actor had to say:

They asked me but it just would have bored me.

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Lawson did not offer any details regarding how big his role would have been, but considering how crowded the cast of Episode VII is fast becoming, it’s likely that he only would’ve appeared in a cameo as a nod to his fan-favorite status in the earlier films. Besides, Abrams’ script has already reportedly shifted the focus of his Star Wars adventure to highlight Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Perhaps Episode VII has already placed enough emphasis on the original trilogy.

After all, if Disney truly hopes to model the relaunched Star Wars universe after the Marvel Cinematic Universe, complete with spinoffs in between each Episode, perhaps it should start laying the groundwork for the many, many films to come instead of rehashing the past. If Lawson was (as we assume) only going to be featured in a very minor capacity in Episode VII, essentially just to jog fans’ memories of his role in taking down the Death Star (twice!), it’s understandable why the actor chose not to get involved.

Are you disappointed that Lawson won’t return for Episode VII, or do you prefer that the film focus on introducing new cast additions like Adam Driver to the fold? Let us know in the comments section below.


Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

Source: The Courier

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  1. If they invited Lawson but not Williams….

    I can only say I am worried about this production and it’s priorities.

  2. Given how much the character of Wedge featured in video games, books and comics it is not surprising that they choose to invite him. But common Dennis, give the fans what they want.

    • He probably doesn’t want to pay for a SAG card. Those things expire after a certain number of years going unrenewed, plus they cost over $2k nowadays.

  3. Doesn’t bother me that “Wedge” won’t be returning. Sometimes the cameo can be nice, but it can also slow the pace of the story just for trying to fit it in.

    I’m also baffled by some peoples comments over several of your Star Wars articles that they don’t like the direction everything is going. So far all we know is who’s directing and the cast. After that were all in the dark. Most of the Star Wars news that comes out you pretty much have to take with a grain of salt.

    Until we see a trailer for the movie or the movie it self none of us have anything to judge and to judge based on rumors alone seems silly and a waste of time.

    • You wonder at the negative posting regarding the casting. Well it comes off, to me, as stunt casting.

    • Exactly! Agree with you 100%

  4. So they ask wedge back but not lando , what’s up with that ?

  5. I am perfectly fine with Wedge being recast! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Wedge character but if you are going to have an attitude like that, then we don’t need you in our universe.

  6. It’s unfortunate that we won’t see him return, but it’s not surprising. If anything I’m amused they asked him to return. As far as the films go, Wedge may have been around for some pivotal moments but his character was not a large part of the story we got to see. Too bad we won’t get the familiar-ish face, but it’s kinda like going to a show and hearing a band you weren’t expecting was supposed to show up but didn’t.

  7. Personally, I don’t care either way

  8. Watch Wedge be a major character and important to the plot. I have to wonder if Abrams is just trying to distract everyone. Example: Most of the marketing prior to “Into Darkness.” He’s just a big Star Wars fan as anybody and knows how awesome Wedge is to everyone, to not include him, even to make it known all of the sudden seems suspicious. Or maybe I’m just trying to rationalize why this great character wouldn’t be in this film even in the slightest. To include him is so easy,to not just doesn’t make sense. Pure speculation.

  9. Man, that is so funny. And I respect him so much. “It just would have bored me”. Classic!

  10. I’ll miss Wedge, but I can always see him blow up the Death Star every time I watch ANH and ROTJ.

  11. OK, seriously, where the hell is Lando?

  12. I want to see Wedge as a starfighter general, pretty much what Admiral Ackbar was. Even if it’s a short role. Also, i think they’re keeping Lando’s casting a secret so that the fans (like me!) will be surprised when he does his cameo—and saves Han’s ass again.

  13. Everyone keeps asking “where is lando?”. Dilly Dee Williams is 78 years old, has had two hip replacements, and is currently suffering from serious arthritis.

    His health is not so good right now, recently complaining of back pains.

    We all want him back, but health comes first.

    • Well, he does enough voice work for Robot Chicken, they could just make a CGI Lando and have him voice it. This IS LucasFilm we’re talkin about…

  14. Aw man! :( Come on Lewis… Wedge is my favorite character too.

  15. I really would have liked to see Wedge in the movies. The X-Wing Rogue Squadron books series was the only Star Wars series I got into. But my respect goes to Lawson.

    Side note- Really tired of people complaining about “so-and-so hasn’t been called or confirmed in the movie”. As much as I would like to see Wedge, Lando, Ackbar, Bobba Fett, etc. all in a Star Wars movie, cramming them all into the first one would not work well. It would stink of fan service.
    I would rather have a well crafted trilogy, with characters in the past brought back in ways that make sense to the story. As far as Williams, I can see it being poetic for him to appear in VIII and IX. Yes, he is old. But the other factor: how good is his acting? It’s no surprise Ford is rumored to have a large role, he’s had the most big screen success. Hamill has done great voice work for years. Fisher hasn’t done much, and probably won’t have much screen time.
    JJ and Co., for some of their faults, are good with getting performances. Pine, Quinto, and Urban were great in Trek, even if the story around them had been s***** at times. STORY and good character development/acting first, fan service second.

  16. I am disappointed that Lawson isn’t in the slightest bit interested in reprising his great role as Wedge. It would have been cool to see him as a cameo in the next 3 movies, but I can see them probably resort to indirectly implying that his character passed away and that his kid is in the background as one of the jedi in training under Skywalker or a pilot in training under Nien Numb or Lando.

  17. Jesus, that’s pretty lame of Denis. Seriously? How could you NOT want to be a part of this, knowing fans actually appreciated your small bit parts in each of the movies? He would be a general by now, training new pilots in Rogue Squadron, probably staying off the front lines, but teaching at least. It would be awesome to see him as Captain or General Antilles. Sounds like a dick move if you ask me.

  18. Wedge was more popular in final fantasy games.

  19. Did he not allegedly tell his nephew not to do star wars?

    Something like Ewan you will be typecast don’t do it.

    He is not the only actor on either trilogy who complained about how rubbish the writing was or how they are not movies for actors. They are movies for special effects where everything is created in post and the actors stand around in blue screen or green screen bored saying daft lines.

  20. After reading his comments, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to watch Star Wars again without thinking, “Oh that Wedge! What a poodoo!”

  21. I know that Antilles only made minor appearances in all 3 original films, but he was actually my favorite character. I really really hope he filmed his role as Antilles, even though it would have to be in secret for the media to not know.