There has been a great deal of time over the years devoted to the what-if scenario, what if Star Wars met Star Trek? If you’re in the mood, you can Google enough fan fiction in this realm to fill your reading list from now until the day you die. But just in case you’re not in the frame of mind to read, you can check always out this awesome new fan made video.
As the Star Wars universe expands exponentially, we’re going to get to meet all kinds of new characters and go on all sorts of fun new adventures. And of course we’re going to get to hang out with some familiar faces as well, most notably Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. That’s pretty awesome. When we found out that some characters were going to show up again, it kicked off an avalanche of speculation about who might return, and when we found out who, people were bummed that maybe their favorite was left out. With so many more movies on the way, there are ample opportunities for others to reprise their roles, and one former player thinks that he will be back for another movie eventually.
One notable absence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian. That’s a bummer, as lots of us would love to see what he’s been up to since he blew up the Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Lando did show up recently on the animated series Star Wars Rebels, with Williams providing the voice, and though he won’t be on the big screen come December 18, he expects that it is only a matter of time before he rejoins that far, far away galaxy.
Since the very moment it was announced, there has been an endless stream of chatter and speculation surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that won’t end for some time. It’s probably the most anticipated movie since the first prequel, The Phantom Menace, so you have to expect that. We’ve heard all kinds of rumors and reports about the various characters, old and new, but of the fresh additions to the franchise, there hasn’t been all that much circling around Domhnall Gleeson’s character, that is until now.
There are loads of potential spoilers beyond this point. You’ve been warned. Also, this is an unofficial report from unnamed sources, so take it with a grain of salt and make of it what you will.
We all expected the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer to incite a great deal of conversation when it dropped just after Thanksgiving, but a lot of people were surprised by just how much people focused that new lightsaber. The uproar certainly surprised director J.J. Abrams, and the notoriously tightlipped filmmaker recently opened up on that topic, as well as others, like practical effects, future Episode movies, and more.
Collider caught up with Abrams on the red carpet for Visual Effects Society Awards, where he received their Visionary Award. Though he is for being secretive about his films, the Star Trek director did talk a little bit about the lightsaber controversy, and shared a few more pieces about the film.
Odds are, if you read this site on any kind of regular basis, you’re a Star Wars fan to some degree and are probably excited for the upcoming The Force Awakens, at least a little bit. I sure am going out on a limb, aren’t I? Part of the reason you’re looking forward to this is likely because we know that we’ll get to see some of our returning favorites from the franchise, especially Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. While we’re stoked to see some familiar faces, we don’t really know how much we’ll be seeing them, and one cast member indicates that it might not be all that much.
As usual, there are possible spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens beyond this point, so tread carefully.
No matter what, for good or ill, Hayden Christensen will likely never be able to escape the shadow of his time spent in the Star Wars universe. To be fair, the same can be said of others, especially Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher—whatever else they’ve done in their careers, whatever their successes or failures, we’ll always think of them as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. (Harrison Ford, for his part, managed to move beyond his Han Solo character.) For all of the things people criticize about the prequels (even if you’re a fan, you have to admit, they’re widely panned films), one of the elements most often pointed out and derided is Christensen’s performance as Anakin Skywalker, who, of course, becomes Darth Vader (sorry if I spoiled that for anyone). Still, he’s not without his supporters, including one very famous champion, a little dude we like to call Nicolas Cage.
The two actors worked together on the upcoming fantasy adventure Outcast, and while doing press for that film, Cage took a few moments to praise his costar to IGN, specifically his turn in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He says, “I watched George’s movies, and the work Hayden did with George, and I was very impressed with Hayden’s sort of edgy, dangerous, dark and still soulful performance. I thought it was superb. And so I really connected with him.” He also calls Christensen a “lovely man,” and hopes they can continue to be friends.