Kathleen Kennedy Clarifies No More Star Wars Recasting Comments

July 18, 2022 0 Comments

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy clarifies her previous comments about 
Star Wars no longer recasting characters after 
Solo: A Star Wars Story. In addition to making the sequel trilogy of films, one of the earliest movies set into motion after Disney bought Lucasfilm was an origin story for Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford. 
Solo: A Star Wars Story finally arrived in 2018 and recast Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo. However, the movie was met with a mixed reaction after its tumultuous production and it ultimately struggled at the box office.,The response to 
Solo: A Star Wars Story changed Lucasfilm’s plans in several major ways, especially how it treats established characters. Kennedy recently said that one of the lessons the studio learned was that they can’t recast major characters like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa. Kennedy’s takeaway from 
Solo: A Star Wars Story was that audiences can’t accept anyone other than the original actors playing these characters, comments that were met with much criticism, especially as 
Obi-Wan Kenobi releases on Disney+ featuring several recast characters, including Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.,Related: Star Wars’ Recasting Backlash Hurts The Franchise’s Future,Kennedy clarified her comments about 
Star Wars not recasting characters anymore during a recent interview with 
Games Radar at Star Wars Celebration 2022. The Lucasfilm president spoke to the outlet about a variety of topics concerning the future of 
Star Wars movies and the lessons learned from those they’ve already made. When it came to the recent comments that implied no 
Star Wars character will ever be recast after 
Solo, Kennedy cleared the air and provided a new outlook for how the franchise will handle recastings going forward. Kennedy also confirmed there is a future for Han Solo projects, saying ”
There’s always a future for Solo!“,It’s quite clear that Kennedy is pulling back on the notion that major 
Star Wars characters can’t be recast for the right stories. Donald Glover’s 
Lando Disney+ show was a big example used by audiences after her original comments to signal that this wasn’t really true, and now she’s even acknowledged that they’re still working on that show. After seemingly blaming 
Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s “failures” on the main recasting, Kennedy’s latest comments prove that this was never true. She even ended the interview by teasing there could still be more Han Solo stories to tell.,The core of Kennedy’s latest 
Star Wars recasting comments point to her and Lucasfilm realizing a few valuable lessons. The biggest one is that they aren’t going to become overly reliant on casting younger versions of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Palpatine, Qui-Gon Jinn, and other notable characters and making them the leads of a story. This is quite clear through the plan for 
Star Wars on TV to tell new stories and expand the 
Mandalorian universe. However, Kennedy has now also left the door open for these characters and others to be recast for the right story and role in future 
Star Wars projects, which can cut down on the need to use de-aging/deepfake technology to bring them back instead.,More: Lucasfilm’s Misdiagnosis of Solo Shows They’re Out Of Touch With Star Wars,Source: Games Radar