Star Wars holds a special place within the film community. Ever since the first release of Star Wars in 1977, it has gained one of, if not the biggest fan following in cinematic history. George Lucas created some of the most iconic characters known to the art of film. George created the iconic characters Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Priness Leia, Han Solo, and even R2-D2 and C-3PO. These characters have stolen the hearts and minds of countless audiences over the years. Everyone was wondering what the outcome would be when Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise. No one knew what to expect with the coming films that were announced. I think based on both the box office success, and the fans positive reviews, that the recent films have managed to carry the torch successfully. Audiences have been introduced to a new generation of characters that they seem to love. These characters include BB-8, Kylo Ren, Rey, Fin and Poe Dameron.
Although you may never replace the characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, you can learn to embrace new characters within future Star Wars films. That seems to be what the case holds for future installments in the franchise. ComingSoon.net recently had an interview with Gary Whitta. Gary Whitta is known as the co-writer of the most recent Star Wars film Rogue One. When Gary was asked about the future characters of the Star Wars films, he stated the following.
“The next spin-off is ‘Han Solo,’ that’s another familiar character, but I think increasingly you’re going to see…One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past.”
To the fans that worry about the future Star Wars films shifting focus towards the newer generation characters, I ask you to simply keep an open mind. I realize placing your trust into a studio with the rights to the future Star Wars films is a lot to ask of. However, based on the success of the two most recent Star Wars films, I will look forward to the characters this universe has to offer. When you have a billion dollar franchise, and a massive amount of pressure from not only fans but critics as well. I imagine the studio is thinking things through very clearly and is also taking note of what the fans both love and hate.