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Speculation Do you want unknow or big name stars?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond (Archive)' started by WhiskeyGold, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. WhiskeyGold

    WhiskeyGold Jedi Master star 4

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    Lucas did Star Wars with unknow (unknow the non-movie fan base, most of us knew Natalie, Ewan by name) stars. Star Wars doesn;t need a name to sell it. Lucas did like to bring at least one name at times. But even with ANH, he casted alec guinness cause the studio wanted one name they could use. I hate to think of Johnny Depp during around as a sith lord. I think unknow is the best way to keep going. Thoughts?
     
  2. A Chorus of Disapproval

    A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Fearless Vampire Killer star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    Majority unknown/lesser known with a small percentage of veteran actors. Liam Neeson added credibility to a mostly incredulous cast.
     
  3. Ridley Solo

    Ridley Solo Jedi Master star 4

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    Follow the formula; unknowns for the principles, stars for the supporting roles.
     
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  4. STARBOB

    STARBOB Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Unknows are good, but I did love Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
     
  5. WhiskeyGold

    WhiskeyGold Jedi Master star 4

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    Yea I think it all depends on the actor and the role. Jackson was great.
     
  6. A Chorus of Disapproval

    A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Fearless Vampire Killer star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    Liam Neeson and Christopher Lee were the most inspired choices, I think. I liked Jackson, too.
     
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  7. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    I'd like to think there will be all sorts of actors ( as in good) who will want a chance to be part of SW and may get minor roles, or major if good enough. Otherwise, I like the idea of new SW making new stars.
     
  8. The Loyal Imperial

    The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I want good actors who look the parts and can play them well. If that means casting only big-name actors, so be it. If that means casting only unknowns, so be it.
     
  9. GargantuanThrillMachine

    GargantuanThrillMachine Jedi Youngling star 1

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    if they choose big name actors i hope they possess better than feeble sword fighting skills. see also: sam jackson and ian mcdiarmid
     
  10. BBQ Bill72

    BBQ Bill72 Jedi Padawan star 1

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    I wonder if Jonathan Taylor Thomas would come out of retirement to possibly play a young Jedi??
     
  11. Norminator

    Norminator Jedi Master star 2

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    Both.
    but PLEASE inspire the veterans to do their best, for once.
     
  12. GargantuanThrillMachine

    GargantuanThrillMachine Jedi Youngling star 1

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    well said, sir
     
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  13. The_Book_of_Sith

    The_Book_of_Sith Jedi Knight

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    Mark Hamill.

    ..and some solid unknowns.
     
  14. Darthsuggs

    Darthsuggs Jedi Master star 4

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    Veterans like Alec G. and Liam Neeson are fine in supporting roles and maybe unknowns or little knowns as the other characters ala Jurassic Park.
     
  15. Norminator

    Norminator Jedi Master star 2

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    Thank you, Sir. Although I shouldn't have said "for once", as Ian McDiarmid was fantastic, in my opinion.
     
  16. Moggsy81

    Moggsy81 Jedi Padawan

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    I just want good actors. People who I think are doing the business at the moment; Gabriel Byrne, Tim Roth, Sean Been, Christian Bale, Wes Bentley, Elijah Wood and how about Linda Hamilton for a female lead?
     
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  17. Darthsuggs

    Darthsuggs Jedi Master star 4

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    I'll just go ahead and throw it out there, Sean Bean!!!!
     
  18. DarthNihilist

    DarthNihilist Jedi Knight

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    i'll throw a name out... Cliff Simon. he is the actor best known for playing Ba'al on stargate sg1. i think he would be perfect for a role as an imperial officer or even Thrawn himself. just because they are going with an original story line doesn't mean that they couldn't use established characters from the EU??
     
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  19. Ridley Solo

    Ridley Solo Jedi Master star 4

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    Ooh! Yeah, Cliff Simon could work...he plays evil so very well.
     
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  20. Deputy Rick Grimes

    Deputy Rick Grimes Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Why do you guys think that Sean Bean should star in it, as much as a good actor he is, his character always dies in every movie

    I think they should use Johnny Depp, he is perfect for a villain role!
     
  21. Darthsuggs

    Darthsuggs Jedi Master star 4

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    Sean Bean is sort of like a Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee type of choice. He's like the Lee van Clief of fantasy films. Also Damien Lewis because Homend rocks.
     
  22. Lord_Dubi

    Lord_Dubi Jedi Knight star 3

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    A bit of both, un-named and well known stars will be good for roles. There are hundreds of less-known stars already actig in the Star Wars universe, mostly as voice actors for video games. Would be interesting for some of them to be cast on screen as well.

    I agree DarthNihlist on Cliff Simon...Ba'al is one of the best villains in the Stargate series. And he is always cool to talk to at conventions. Had a chance to meet him at the San Diego and Long Beach Comic Cons. http://tinyurl.com/bgvf5al. Jewel Staite would also be good for a Star Wars role.
     
  23. ObiWanandonly

    ObiWanandonly Jedi Padawan

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    Not counting any possible returning cast, there is a good chance that main character roles will go to actors new to the Star Wars franchise. So which would you rather see fill the main roles? My first instinct was unknowns, but maybe the new films would benefit from experienced actors who we know can perform? Liam Neeson was in TPM and at the time was a recent Oscar nominee, while Hamill, Ford, and Fisher were virtual unknowns when they starred in the movies.
     
  24. Antlers

    Antlers Jedi Knight star 1

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    Unknowns. Please!

    Some great actors become almost too iconic for certain roles, and it can sometimes be difficult to disassociate a famous character with an actor. Some people will watch TPM and always see Oskar Schindler.
    I don't want Batman, Iron Man, and Professor Lupin cast in the next SW film. I much rather have fresh actors that do not already come with popcultural associations. Also, fresh actors might approach the films with more enthusiasm and seriousness than seasoned celebrities.
    I would also like to see actors and actresses that look a little more real. I don't want to see plastic-perfect-blended-Hollywood women, especially.
     
  25. DarthMane2

    DarthMane2 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Known actors aren't the issue. It's STARS that are the issue. No star should be in a STAR WARS movie. That means no Johnny Depp, no Brad Pitt, no Dustin Hoffman, no George Clooney, etc. You hire a star, and budget goes up. You hire a star, and nobody see's the character they just see the Star.

    Casting an actor like Michael Fassbender who is known and popular, but not a star is the route to go with actors. Other than that, unknowns are good to.
     
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