The cast for Star Wars: Episode VII was released today. You can click on the picture for a link to the article, or click here.
I just need to take a second to talk about how nervous and excited I am for this movie. Star Wars holds a really special place in my heart. I’ve been watching the original three since my early childhood when my mother plopped my brother and I on the couch and said, “I need to make sure you watch these movies.” Sure, the originals have their faults, but those movies will forever be films I illogically revere and belligerently defend. They were the first sci-fi movies I watched and the first sci-fi movies I loved. They hold a strange, shiny place in my heart. I’ve gotten so excited over the release of old blooper reels and behind the scenes photos from the original trilogy. I just really, really hope the new trilogy is done well, because I’m a little tired of crappy additions to the Star Wars story.
Episodes I, II, and III were pretty…underwhelming, to put it lightly. While Episode III was alright, I really didn’t like Episode I at all. Though I have to say Episode I does that one awesome fight scene with Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi…
If I’m being honest, the only reason I saw Episode II as often as I did was because of my pre-teen infatuation with Hayden Christensen.
Okay, I saw it because of Hayden Christensen’s face AND because of that one fight scene with Yoda and
Saruman Count Dooku where Ani loses his arm.
Regardless of the cute boys and cool fight scenes, I just wasn’t a big fan of the prequel trilogy. Then, George Lucas decided to go back and fix something that was never broken by messing with the original trilogy, offering CGI “bonus additions” that were fully unnecessary, super obvious, and distracting…
…AND Lucas decided it was a good idea to superimpose Hayden Christensen over Sebastian Stan in the ending of Return of the Jedi. If someone who is a big fan of Hayden Christensen’s face tells you putting Hayden Christensen’s face somewhere is a bad idea, it’s a bad idea. So all that to say, I’m kind of dubious when it comes to George Lucas’s Star Wars judgement.
However, the new trilogy has J.J. Abrams is at the helm. I’ve gotta be honest, this makes me a lot more optimistic and excited for the new movies. I’ve personally enjoyed what Abrams has done with Star Trek, despite his trademark cinematic move.
The other thing that has me excited (and kind of nervous) is the fact that the original cast is returning. Including original cast members doesn’t automatically make an awesome series reboot (looking at you, Indiana Jones), but it certainly can add to a series if it’s done right. I think Abrams does a good job using Leonard Nimoy in his Star Trek films, so I’m hopeful he can incorporate the original Star Wars cast in an equally awesome fashion.
Ultimately, I don’t know what to think. I want this movie to be amazing, but I just don’t know if it can live up to the hype (not to mention the ridiculous expectations from fans like me). I’m excited about some of the new cast members, namely Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Adam Driver. Still, I can’t get rid of that nagging voice at the back of my head reminding me that the prequel trilogy had good actors, too.
Still, everyone involved with the movie has said again and again how they are working hard to make the fans proud. I really hope they are able to come up with something fun, creative, and exciting to add to the Star Wars universe. I think it’s possible, and I think they have an incredibly capable team. The movie comes out on December 18, 2015, so I’ll just sit here in nervous anticipation until then.