I wish the excitement phase of this whole thing could last forever, but alas it always passes quickly and now begins the worrying. Who will be director, Who will write EP7, Who will be cast, Etc.etc. For me I’m worry about bringing back the original cast. Not because I’m totally against it. In fact I’m ok with it for the most part. It’ll be nice to see the old actors reprising their roles one last time, but such ideas can have disastrous consequences. First off let me add that more than likely the original actors will reprise their roles. It’s smart from a profitability stand point ,and will put more butts in seats then a recast would. Also let me add that if they do come back ,expect EVERYONE TO COME BACK. Not just Luke, Leia, and Han, but Wedge, Ackbar, Yoda, and even Boba Fett. I PUT MONEY ON IT. This is after all a sequel to ROTJ, and half the fun will be catching up with these characters, seeing what they are doing, and going on new adventures. However, isn’t that the issue? The new adventure part I mean. Do we really want to see a bunch of geriatrics jumping around with light sabers an firing blasters. Builds that nostalgia meter I’m sure, but damn, really? You can bet on these characters having more than cameo roles too. Oh, the idea might be to pass on to the next gen(although I though that was the plan for 10,11, and 12), but you can also bet these character will be actually doing something. And I’m not talking Mace Windu sitting in a chair in the council chamber for 90 percent of his duration as a character, doing something either. The audience who has waited 30 years for a sequel isn’t going to sit through a movie where Luke, Leia, and Han only appear in cameo roles. And where does that leave our younger hero‘s who will carry on the torch? Many of you seem to think this will be a passing the torch movie, well all I can say is that they’d better be the best written characters EVER. Why? Because if not they’ll be overshadowed by the older characters, and if that happens people will be pissed that the big 3 and friends didn’t have a bigger role. A bigger role for people in their 60’s and 70’s that is. It’s scary to think about. And what of criticism, will Disney want to read reviews where the critics talk about how half the cast was nursing home age? Do we really think kids will enjoy that kind of movie? Maybe it doesn’t matter, you put the old characters in there, then it’s really not a movie for the kids anymore it’s a movie for fans of the films. The balancing act of creating new hero’s while giving the old characters something to do, is very seldom successful, and it’s something people really should think about going forward. I know I’m in the minority for wanting a recast, but I’d rather go that route. Don’t worry it won’t happen. Heaven forbid Zack Efron taking over for Hamill. With a recast you run the risk of a massive crybaby fit, which would happen. As it did for Star Trek. The casting would have to be spot on. The actors chosen would have to be good enough so that the audience won’t think about Ford while Fillion(example) is playing him. They’ll just see the character. Which itself is a big risk. But what if it succeeded. What if the casting worked just like Star Trek. Say you set the movie 5 to 20 years after ROTJ(20 years is even the rumor thus far) and the casting works. Sure Episode 7 would be hurt by a recasting, but if successful your in the clear. People have bought into the idea of different actors playing the big 3 and friends, so that means you can now continue the adventures of the Big 3 and friends only a few years after ROTJ. You can actually have them still be the main characters. You can watch as Luke searches for possible force users. Watch as Leia comes to terms with Vader being her fathers, and perhaps having Jacen and Jaina. Han could be still of use. The characters wouldn’t be super old, they’d be younger and a lot more fun to watch. It won’t happen so wipe those tears away, I’ve already said from a profitability stand point hiring the original cast is the way to go. Still, I hope Kennedy and company are thinking real hard about how they are going to use them, because a failure there could be a failure for the trilogy as a whole.