OK, a couple of weeks ago I professed my faith in JJ Abrams and his taking over the Star Wars franchise. And before that I talked about my fanboy friends and how happy they were about Disney buying Lucasfilm (which devolved in to an argument about theme park rights…)
Look, I love Disney. And pretty much, I trust them when it comes to franchises. They clearly know what they’re doing. But, I’m not sure I love the direction we’re hearing about for Star Wars, which will be exploring side tracks in the universe, rather than continuing the saga of the Skywalker family.
Star Wars isn’t Star Trek, an elaborate universe built with many stories to tell. It is built as a coherent (sort of) saga of one man’s fall from grace and his son’s attempts to redeem him. (In high school, I wrote a paper about Luke Skywalker and how he could be interpreted as an image of Christ The Redeemer. I got a 98, points taken off because I didn’t exactly follow the assignment, which was to take a character from one movie, not three.) But, I also was one of those people who said, “A movie based on a Disney ride? Pff! That’ll never work!”
So who knows? Maybe a movie about Yoda’s adventures as a Jedi Knight will be great. And a coming of age tale about a young smuggler/gambler/scoundrel and his wookie friend, could kick serious ass. I’m talking of course about the rumor that might make the internet explode. That we’re going to see a prequel about the exploits of Young Han Solo.
Now please don’t get me wrong, I love Han Solo.
And seeing more of him would be great. I mean, if by more of him, you mean a in his late twenties Harrison Ford. Not someone else approximating that. Not an old Harrison Ford trying to recapture that magnificent feeling.
But, I will be joining the rest of the internet in speculating about this movie. Because, really, I can’t not speculate about this movie. It’s like I’m physically unable. Moviefone has made a list of the actors they would like to see considered to play Han. It’s a decent list, and includes Logan Lerman.
and the guy who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.
I’m going to make another list. Plenty of people are going to be talking about who should play Han. I’m going to talk about who should play Lando Calrisian. The list is one name long and that name is Donald Glover.
Lando should 100% be an integral part of this movie, because as far as characters go, he’s kind of the best. Also we know that he and Han were good friends until Han won the Millenium Falcon off of him in a card game. Why? Because badass space pirates roll that way.
And it should be Glover, well, just because it should be. Glover bares a passing resemblence to Billy D. Williams, (in that he is a handsome African American Man) has astonishingly fantastic geek cred (Community! New season started yesterday. And there was much rejoicing!) and has charisma to burn (watch his stand up, listen to his rap, or watch his guest spots on Girls.) Also, this seems infinitely more likely than him playing Peter Parker, which I was also all about (I didn’t think it was ever going to actually happen, but it still would have been cool!) but just as likely to get him to the next level of famous-ness.
Also, come on, don’t we all want to see the in-jokes this would produce on Community?