Many may know, but I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan, after the Aliens series Star Wars is my favorite Sci-Fi Franchise. Yes that means I like Prometheus, and Alien: Resurrection, and actually consider Alien3 (especially the rough director’s cut) to be the best film in the series. Still the Last three movies sucked. I think George Lucas, like Quentin Tarantino, has surrounded by sycophants who constantly tell him his shit doesn’t stink, so they have lost their old-day glory when they were terrified of becoming a failure.
Now that Lucas has sold the rights to Star Wars the next films will have nothing to do with him. This COULD be bad, but frankly not having Lucas at the helm means the chances of it being terrible are non-zero!
They have announced the new actors in the Episode VII film!
The rumors can be put to rest. Word finally arrived Tuesday morning confirming precisely which actors will have a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the film that will return George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away to the multiplex Dec. 18, 2015.
Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will appear alongside Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow. Also in the mix are John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley.
I friggin’ LOVE Max Von Sydow, that man is SOLID gold! From The Seventh Seal, to the best Ernst Blowfeld in Bond (Never Say Never Again! Blowfeld with a BEARD!!) and all sorts of other great performances, he’s awesome. Also Andy Serkis is a genius in my book. I’m still waiting for the Studio to green-light his animated production of Animal Farm!
The others I don’t know at all, but their resumes are impressive. This of course means nothing as the first films starred nobodies with the exception of Alec Guinness who wasn’t well known in the states anyway, and the newer films had an amazing all-star cast giving TERRIBLE performances!
Still this I am NOT looking forward to!
The principal actors from Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, are also set for director J.J. Abrams’ new film.
Now I can’t comment on Kenny Baker’s chops, and Anthony Daniels has maintained his Glory in all six films, Peter Mayhew has a lot of health problems due to his massive size. Harrison Ford has aged the most gracefully of the non-makeup clad heroes, but that’s a low bar to clear. Seen any recent interviews with him? He seems to be in a constant drugged-out stupor, and his recent performances have shown all the energy and comedy of a corpse. This will NOT be a way to remember an old Han Solo. Worse yet is Carrie Fisher who is fat, crazy, and really hasn’t shown any valid performance since Jedi closed. Mark Hamil still has the acting chops in the voice-over booth, but see also with the fat and crazy.
Asking the original stars to return was a mistake, and all the special effects in the world will not be able to animate these corpses, unless they do whatever cool business they did in Terminator: Salvation to bring a fully CGI 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger to the screen.
I’ll still watch it because JJ Abrams was awesome, and frankly he brought the glory of The Goonies and ET to life with Super 8, I don’t see why he can’t channel that same classic energy to Star Wars!