After the Star Wars Episode VII cast announcement, it seems things are rolling along. We have some news about the much anticipated movie in the form of Wedge Antilles — who reportedly rejected a role in the film — and a rumor about Han Solo’s son.
First to Wedge Antilles, one of the brave pilots who, along with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), set out to destroy the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope and went on to appear in all of the originals. Here he is:
As it happens, he did not feel the power of The Force to return to the set of Star Wars Episode VII and rejected the offer from J.J. Abrams.
According to TheVerge.com, while promoting his new movie The Machine, Denis Lawson — the actor that plays Wedge Antilles — said, “They asked me but it just would have bored me.”
Wedge Antilles not only helped Luke destroy the first Death Star and fought in the battle of Hoth, he also helped to destroy the second by delivering the coup de grace alongside Lando Calrissian.
Badass Digest says Wedge Antilles could have returned if his role was expanded, but it turns out it wasn’t, so Lawson said, ‘Thanks but no thanks to Star Wars Episode VII.’
It is not clear whether J.J. Abrams will recast the character for Star Wars Episode VII or it will be simply written off.
Now to the very interesting rumor that Adam Driver is not playing a villain in Star Wars Episode VII, as first reported, but the offspring of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
According to this rumor — which is picking up steam online — Driver’s role in Star Wars Episode VII is one of conflict and will be tempted by the Dark Side, and he will be a main story line in the plot for the movie. It is said that Han and Leia will attempt to rescue him.
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Let’s make it clear: The Adam Driver as Han Solo son report is only a rumor at this point, but if proven to be true, it would make for an interesting twist. After all, the smuggler put his neck on the line to come to his friends’ aid in their most desperate hour and was instrumental in the defeat of the Dark Side.
Star Wars Episode VII lands in theaters on December 18, 2015.
[Image via Empireonline.com]