Having watched Return of the Jedi like a thousand times, have you ever wondered what that initial meeting between Warwick Davis’ Ewok warrior Wicket and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia would look like if it went down today? No? Neither have we. But that isn’t going to stop rabid fans from staging a pseudo reenactment of that legendary encounter.
This video, which comes to us from the recent Star Wars Celebration Europe in Germany, is a bit surreal to watch. I’m not sure the context, or how much of a plan there was going in—the whole thing feels kind of like an angry audience forced the two actors into doing the deed. But there was at least enough preparation to get minimal props, like that teddy bear hat, makeshift spear, and something for the Princess to bribe her furry new friend with. You also may ask why Fischer is wearing a Batman hat, especially at a Star Wars convention, but then you remember she’s wearing a helmet in the initial scene, and it startles the Ewok when she takes it off.
There’s definitely more foul language in this latest incarnation of the meeting, as well as some sexual innuendo I don’t remember from the original. Maybe I need to watch it again, or perhaps Fisher has developed an affinity for furries that the world at large isn’t aware of yet. This could be her coming out of the furry closet in front of the whole world.
Watching this video really drives home the fact that it really has been 29 years since Return of the Jedi. These two are looking pretty old these days, and they don’t move quite as quickly as they did back in the day, do they? This is especially obvious as they sluggishly attempt to climb over the back of the couch, ostensibly to get away from the imperial forces on their tail. I was afraid Fisher might dislocate a hip.
The looming question is could this be a precursor to a reunion in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII? One potential storyline that has been talked about a great deal involves Jaina and Jacen Solo, the twin children of Han and Leia. If that’s the case, Leia will definitely be around, and it isn’t too hard to imagine that a modern day Wicket could have become an elder statesman of his people. In their original iterations, both twins were trained to be Jedi Knights by old uncle Luke Skywalker, but while Jaina follows the righteous path, staying on the straight and narrow, Jacen takes a turn towards the Darkside.
What do you think, is this video a precursor to what we could see in the next trilogy?