Running along side my "What I would do with" series of posts will be this series that looks at my ideas for projects that are yet to be released. With that in mind I have decided to start with a film that ignited a lot of geek smiles and nerd explosions when Disney announced the purchased of Lucasfilm last year; Star Wars Episode 7.
I'll cover the main characters now and then discuss others when required in the treatment...
As the first film in a sequel trilogy I am very interested to see how episode 7 will blend old and new characters together. With that in mind here is my potential cast list for episode 7, with a brief description of each characters role in the film.
Now 30 years on from the events of Return of the Jedi Luke is a Jedi master and head of the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. For me, the character of Luke in these films should be siilar to Ben Kenobi in the original trilogy. It might be nice to have him show his awesome Jedi skills at some point, but Luke is definitely not a main character anymore.
New Republic Senator and wife of Han Solo, but most importantly a mum to Jaina and Jacen Solo, the new figureheads of the Star Wars universe.
Hardened Bounty Hunter, father to Jaina and Jacen and still with a support role. Again, like Luke, give the loyal fans the service of seeing him kick ass again but not to the point of overuse of ridiculousness. Throw Chewie in here as well.
One of the new focal characters for the trilogy, and more importantly for the Star Wars franchise; a female protagonist. Both Jaina and Jacen will be trained by Luke as Jedi when the trilogy starts.
Like his sister, Jacen will be one of the main characters and the primary focus of the new trilogy as he battles with and ultimately falls to the dark side to become Darth Cadues.
Darth Sidious (Force Ghost)
A divisive choice I know, but considering he was easily the most powerful force user in the star wars universe it is not concievable to think that he wouldn't have found out how to become a force ghost. Plus he could prove a very useful plot tool to turn Jacen slowly to the dark side. Just imagine him seeding doubts and questions into Jacens head throughout the films.
One of my favourite characters from the expanded universe and a potentail love interest for Luke Skywalker himself. Her presence in my version of the film is two-fold; firstly, she is a force user and so could battle Luke (which would pleased fans). Secondly, she would be needed for future films to provide the child that she and Luke eventually have.
Again a possibly divisive choice but think about it for a minute. Star Wars fans know who Katarn is, so a back story isn't needed. Plus, if he is introduced as an "already trained" jedi he could act as go between between Luke and the kids. He would also be an instant referrence point for the fans to show how Luke has set up his new generation of Jedi Kights. He could even be used as a trainer for the solo twins, making him a focus of the trilogy, and developing a very personal story for him as a failed master when Jacen turns to the dark side.
So those are my ideas for the main main characters. In the next post I will go into the different acts of an episode 7 film and try to flesh out how the new trilogy would start. Let me know what you think about these choices in the comments below, and of course feel free to suggest your own additions as well.