Hello TORWarriors and Star Wars fans! After last weeks barrage of Star Wars film news this week has been a bit quieter so I thought we should take advantage of that pause to discuss the particulars of the upcoming Star Wars trilogy and get some feedback on what sort of expectations you might have as a fan. Namely, what do you want new Star Wars films to be about and which era are you interested in seeing films about? Who do you want to see in those roles?
First off, what era are you looking to see some new Star Wars films take place in? Do we pick up where we left off or go back even further in time and explore the the Old Republic? I would love to see the Revan story brought to the big screen and it might give us a chance to see the world of Star Wars:The Old Republic visualized in all its big screen glory. It’s probably a given that the new trilogy will take place after the events of Episode III but that doesn’t necessarily mean immediately after. Lots of ideas are being tossed around and fans seem pretty evenly divided over the next set of films picking up immediately after Return of the Jedi or something a generation later.
If the story was to pick up right after the defeat of the second death star it seems like we’d be looking at something more like Episodes I and II where the story features lots of behind the scenes political wrangling and and jockeying for position. The destruction of the death star doesn’t mean that the Empire just suddenly ceases to exist. After the cake and fireworks are over our heroes would be faced with some pretty significant decisions.
It’s a big galaxy and regardless of how oppressive you find the Empire – or not, maybe you’re a fan – someone has to be in charge. After all the main motivation of the Empire doesn’t really seem to be wanton destruction or evil, it merely wants “order”. With a power vacuum at the top who’s going to ensure that the regular folks are safe from things like Hutt-controlled organized crime and that taxes get collected and the trash gets picked up on schedule and so on? And then there are those pesky regional governors who have direct control over territories. Who’s to say one of them doesn’t have aspirations of grandeur and fancies himself a new throne?
All kidding aside there’s a lot to think about in terms of where the story goes and it’s not just the story. What about the actors? If we have a story that picks up right after the end of Episode III we’re faced with some pretty monumental decisions about who’s going to play our favorite characters. We all want to have our Star Wars cake and eat it too but lets be honest, Mark Hamill is looking a little doughy these days and I don’t really see him coming back to pull off his Luke Skywalker role in a film that picks up where we last left our intrepid heroes.
This means it’s likely that we’ll see these roles go to younger, contemporary actors and that opens up a whole ‘nother can of worms. Does Disney go with established young actors or do they present us with some new faces? How will fans react to having new faces take over the roles of their favorite characters? Do you have some ideas or favorite actors that you’d like to see in these roles? This is likely to be a controversial and hotly debated topic once we know a little more about what the new creators of Star Wars intend.
There is however, another way to go that could give us the best of both worlds. What if the next trilogy picks up a generation later? This would allow the actors that we loved in Episodes IV through VI to reprise their roles, but as mentors to a new generation of characters that could move the story forward. It’d be nice to see how things have shaped up 20 or 30 years later. A new Jedi academy? Our heroes have families? An old mostly forgotten evil lurks in the shadows and the new generation of Solos and Skywalkers are thrown into turmoil and must step up to save the galaxy? I would love to see a story that centers around a female Jedi (Jaina Solo anyone?) How awesome would it be to see new characters saving the galaxy alongside our old favorites?
Every fan who’s acquainted with the larger Star Wars universe has favorite characters and story lines. I personally would love to see some Chiss in my Star Wars films. (I swear, even though my main in Star Wars: The Old Republic is a Chiss Imperial Agent, I’m not biased or anything!) The Thrawn trilogy is one of my all time favorites. Another is the Legacy of the Force series which takes place around 40 years after Episode IV and features almost every character from the original trilogy alongside their offspring. Doing a trilogy here would also leave things wide open for the now confirmed spinoff films to go back and explore other stories and background for how we got to where we are in the new era.
What are some of your favorite characters and story lines? If it was up to you, what era would you make a new trilogy in? What story and characters would you explore? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts on this subject!
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