I know I tend to theme some of my Snippet Wednesday snippets. Sometimes very loosely. But I try. This time, the theme is pretty obvious. And, heck, I can even tie it back to the title of this post in terms of the initials.
Figure it out yet?
Unless you've been living under a pop culture rock, you probably know that the cast of Star Wars Ep. VII has been announced. While it's cool that it has been announced, the fact that so few names were actually released, you know that more will be coming. There is no way that a movie as big as Star Wars would only have a dozen actors. Seriously. C'mon folks. If you think this is the be-all/end-all cast list, you've obviously never seen a Star Wars film. Maybe never seen any film, period.
Regardless, though, the announcement allowed Disney to disseminate this photo of the as-yet announced cast sitting at a script read through. So cool.
Many of the old favorites from episodes IV through VI are back including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, and Anthony Daniels. That means we can guarantee we will see Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO, respectively. We just don't know how much of a presence they will have. Time will tell.
One of the casting announcements I'm most intrigued about is that of Andy Serkis. Many of you may not know him by name... or face, for that matter. Sure, he's played human characters like Jennifer Garner's boss in 13 Going On 30, but he's most well known as the digisuit man behind characters like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Kong in King Kong.
I'm guessing he's going to do something similar in Star Wars, bring real movement and physical prowess to what might have otherwise been a 100% CGI character if left to George Lucas. Think about it, would you rather see a digital character done like Gollum or the prequel trilogy Yoda? I'll take Gollum. Good move, Disney (if that is, in fact, your play).
Oh, please tell me that Max Von Sydow is playing some kind of grizzled veteran Jedi along the lines of a Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). I'd love to see that. Please do that. I don't care if he's a good or bad Jedi. Just a Jedi.
One of the bad things about this casting announcement is that they didn't wait long enough to let it drop so they could have more females included. That viral photo features three women that I can see and only one can be verified as an actress (Carrie Fisher - if the picture was a clock, she's at about 2:30 talking to another woman on her right). The other two may be actresses (as opposed to, say, producers or agents or whatnot), but if they are, their names were not included in the press release. They've since announced that Daisy Ridley has signed on and casting agents are supposedly still working on Lupita N'yongo (12 Years a Slave) and newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers. But nothing firmed up yet. And that has brought this casting announcement under attack from many sides. I can understand the concern, but, like I said above, this is just a first round. There will be more actors. Many more. And a bunch of them will be female. Calm down.
What Star Wars fans should be upset about more than anything is that the Expanded Universe (EU) of books, comics, and video games are likely going to be completely overlooked. No, I was not expecting to see Heir to the Empire as the next film. But officials at Lucasfilm/Disney have said that the EU is not Star Wars canon and, therefore, they do not have to stick to it. It will continue to exist as a sort of alternate universe, but still. Clearly, this next movie, which will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and will be featuring Chewbacca, has already deviated from the EU timeline massively (if you've read some of the EU books, you know what I'm referring to).
Not sure what the EU is? Check out this fantastic YouTube video for more information.
That's enough for now. Suffice it to say I'm getting excited. I need to stop that now.