Should ‘Star Wars’ bring back Hamill, Fisher, and Ford?

By Vanessa Frith,

While the Star Wars fandom tries to figure out whether or not Carrie Fisher will actually be reprising her role as Princess Leia, one major question still remains. Should the original trio actors even journey back to a galaxy far, far away?

Business Week recently reported that George Lucas gave leading hints to an on screen Star Wars reunion.

“We had already signed Mark [Hamill] and Carrie and Harrison [Ford]—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” Lucas stated when recounting his dealing with Disney execs. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

However, there are several reasons why some believe bringing the original gun slinging, lightsaber wielding team back may not be a smart move. Scifi guru Joss Whedon weighed in on the issue during an interview with Digital Spy, explaining that the while it would be nice to see childhood heroes again, there are other aspects of the universe to explore.

"You know, I wouldn't go back, I'd go forward,” Whedon said. “I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did.”

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly pointed out that both the characters and the actors who once portrayed them have aged. The Luke, Han, and Leia fans will see on screen will only be shadows of the rebels they were in their youth, a prospect that will most likely leave fans regressing to the disappointment they felt during the prequel episodes.

What would be best for the movie, and what would be best for the fans? Only time will tell if viewers are given a clean slate or an attempted throwback to the characters that brought the space epic so much success in the first place.

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