Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Scottie in the new StarTreks) said of J.J. Abrams’ approach to the Star Wars reboot:
“He’ll bring the fun back. Lucas seemed to misread what made the first ones great, and concentrate on things that people didn’t really care about, or willfully ignore the things that people cared about. Whereas J.J. will embrace them all.”
“We’re going to see the Millennium Falcon again. We’re going to see those characters again. All the things that we loved about the first three, we will see again.”
The part about the Falcon really hit me for some reason. Maybe it’s because we’ve been watching all the movies in Beemsville, slowly rolling them out for the kids in episodic order. Watching them get all excited about Star Wars, listening to my son wax philosophical about the finer points of Star Destroyer technology, or my daughter’s drawings fusing fairies with Jedi… They are excited. That’s what I remember when I saw the Falcon on the big screen or heard the hiss-hum of a lightsaber igniting.
Mark Hamill is pumped up – and who could blame him. For better or worse, this role defined his career. He’d like to see Luke cast more in the role of Jedi Master, with more Force powers and less lightsabering. So would, we, Mark, so would we.
Whether Abrams gets commitments from the others – especially Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher – and how he uses them may end up defining the next film, even if it’s only brief cameo roles. This probably isn’t especially fair, but spotlight = heat, etc. Me, I’m more interested in who and how they cast the arch-villain in these next installments…
Finally, the Force appears to be weakening north of the border… Come on, Canada! Do we need to send Hayden Christensen back up there again?