Future Star Wars films to focus on new characters, not legacy heroes

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Apr 27, 2017, 11:06 AM EDT (Updated)

The current run of Star Wars films are in the awkward phase of transitioning between the old and new, but it seems Lucasfilm’s grand plan is to eventually tell fresh new stories with all new characters.

Rogue One co-writer Gary Whitta said that prequel was a major step toward that direction, with a handful of legacy characters playing supporting roles, while the story was led by new heroes. The upcoming Han Solo prequel will obviously focus on a well-known character, but Whitta said the studio is eyeing a larger transition into the next phase of the Star Wars universe to set up a new generation of movies and stories.

Here’s what he told Coming Soon:

“I think you’ve already seen us get 90 percent of the way there with “Rogue One.” Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, because those are elements of that story and they belong there, you can’t tell that story without those characters. But for the most part, 90% of that story is completely new characters. Completely new planets and places you’ve never seen before. It’s a Star Wars movie with no Jedi! You don’t see a lightsaber once until Vader pops it out at the end. It doesn’t have any spirituality or mysticism… a little bit through Donnie’s character, but it’s very different DNA to the Star Wars films that have come before it. I really like the fact that we tried to do something different.

The next spin-off is ‘Han Solo,’ that’s another familiar character, but I think increasingly you’re going to see… One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past.”

With the original cast obviously not getting any younger (along with the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher), it’s no surprise Lucasfilm wants to start shifting this franchise into the hands of younger stars. But there’s also a lot of storytelling potential there, as anyone who has ever read up on the Expanded Universe can certainly attest.

What do you think? Do you want new heroes, or a balance between the “legacy” folks and new additions?

(Via Coming Soon)