Ever since Star Wars Episode VII was announced, I was insisting it would be a terrible idea to bring back Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher.
Han and Leia are supposed to be swashbuckling sexy ass-kickers. Seeing a grizzled and tired Han ravaged by age, or an old and fat Leia, completely undermines the point of the characters. We want to dream of being like them, traveling the galaxy punching bad guys and having awesome sexy adventures.
That’s almost as terrible an idea as a movie featuring an old and decrepit Indiana Jones, which I still like to pretend never happened.
Even as various fan rumor sites were reporting that Ford and Fisher were in the cast, I clung to hope since there hadn’t been any official announcement. I wanted the production team to be more sensible than the rabid fans.
But the official announcement just came, and Ford and Fisher are indeed in the cast. Which is highly disappointing.
I didn’t have huge hopes for Episode VII. It seemed incredibly unlikely that it would live up to the original series, and questionable whether it would even match the extremely low bar of the prequels. But this latest news is making me reduce my already diminished expectations.
(They also announced that Mark Hamill is in the cast, but I don’t mind the idea of old Luke. Luke’s journey was going from immature punk kid to wise Jedi master, so seeing him old and passing his knowledge on to a new generation is a fulfillment of the promise of his character, rather than a betrayal.)