With the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the cusp of being released later this year, we’re only just starting to get a broader idea of many of the new characters in play. We know that the three major cast members from the original trilogy will be reprising their iconic roles. Several actors that have participated in the prequel trilogy that ran from 1999-2005 have also expressed interest in returning to the new films, including Ewan MacGregor and Samuel L. Jackson, but as far as we knew, the likes of prequel characters showing up in December’s new entry in the Star Wars saga seemed slim at best.
That is, until now.
According to director J.J. Abrams and Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the beloved Jar Jar Binks will be returning to the Star Wars universe in a reportedly major role that will help decide the fate of the Jedi Order itself. Since Binks was a friend and confidante to both of Luke and Leia’s parents, Abrams has detailed that Jar Jar will provide the Skywalker children with a “tangible connection” to the fallen knight Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padme Amidala, which is necessary since the Skywalker lineage will be front and center in the story of The Force Awakens. Abrams said,
Disney made it clear that they wanted Jar Jar to be around for Episode VII, and while I was initially resistant to the idea, [screenwriter] Lawrence Kasdan and I saw this as a unique opportunity to give Luke and Leia a new perspective on both of their parents. Since they’re both gone by the time our movie starts, meeting Jar Jar gives Luke and Leia a new way to learn about the people that their parents were, and Jar Jar may hold a secret about Anakin and the Jedi that could help save the galaxy from destruction at the hands of our villain. Besides, who doesn’t love the way he talks?
Bob Iger also had positive things to say about Jar Jar’s inclusion in the new film, and hinted at new experiences with the character in Disney parks.
When audiences first met Jar Jar Binks in 1999, it was clear that George Lucas tapped into a new avenue of passion for the dedicated fans of the Star Wars universe. We want to bring that same kind of passion to our new films by reintroducing the character in The Force Awakens, and by making Jar Jar one of the prime focuses of new Star Wars merchandising and branding opportunities as we exploit it further. Very soon, kids will be able to meet and laugh with Jar Jar at all of our Disney parks worldwide, and we know that parents can’t wait to be able to take those pictures as they get in line for “Jar Jar’s Super Bombad Racing Ride!”
For more on this, be sure to read the full formal announcement here. It certainly seems that the anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit a whole other level with the major inclusion of Jar Jar Binks, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on it. Keep it locked on GeekNation as this story develops further!
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