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I’m sure you were all as gobsmacked as I was to find out about the new Star Wars trilogy being produced by the Walt Disney Company and directed by JJ Abrams. I personally never believed this would ever happen (and was a bit disappointed, as I’ve secretly always wanted to be the one who brought the films back!).

But once I got over my catatonic state, I got to thinking about what the new film would mean for the established canon. It seems to me that in order to be Episode VII, it’s going to take place after Return of the Jedi, and will probably overwrite much of the Expanded Universe material from then. However, there are certain characters with plot arcs that could well serve as inspiration for the makers of the new films.

Not only that, but some of these characters have, to my mind, ideal actors to portray them on the big screen, so it would be a shame to see existing good stories go to waste. With that in mind, I’ve drawn up a list of existing characters that could appear in the new films, and the actors who could bring them to life in a galaxy far, far away…

 

5. Mark Hamill As Luke Skywalker

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This is kind of a cheat, I know, but it is quite a probable choice. Mark Hamill has mentioned how George Lucas brought up the idea of him playing a 60-year-old Luke as an off-hand comment way back in 1977. Also, Hamill is now older than Luke’s canonical age in the most recent expanded universe book, so the new film could then occur in ‘uncharted’ time, thus avoiding provoking the fans too much.

As a final note to this, Mark Hamill was reportedly the first person George Lucas told about the new film, which tells you something. Anyway, onto less conventional choices…

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This article was first posted on March 9, 2013