FEATURE: Ten Characters Who Should Be Brought Back For J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS EPISODE VII

There has been a lot of talk about who is and is not returning for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, but here are ten suggestions for which of the classic characters most deserve another chance to appear on the big screen. Hit the jump to check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 6/4/2013

Despite countless conflicting reports, we already know that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) will all be back in some capacity for Star Wars Episode VII. However, this trio is far from the only fan favourite characters that fans would like to see return, so who else deserves to have their stories continue in the J.J. Abrams helmed sequel to the original trilogy? It's tricky to think of anyone from the prequels, not just because of their inherent awfulness, but also as it just wouldn't make sense without the use of flashbacks (after all, it would be bizarre for Obi-Wan's ghost form to suddenly be a fresh faced Ewan McGregor rather than the late, great Alec Guinness). Anyway, here are ten suggestions for Star Wars characters that should make an appearance in Episode VII...

10. Lando Calrissian


Over the course of two films, Lando Calrissian cemented himself as one of THE most popular characters in the Star Wars franchise, and Billy Dee Williams has actually expressed interest in reprising the role numerous times. While he was never quite as well fleshed out as the rest of the main cast members, Lando was an important member of the group by the time that the credits rolled on Return of the Jedi, so it would be a great shame to not see him make at least a brief appearance of some sort in Episode VII.

9. IG-88


Who? Don’t worry if that was your first reaction as even the most keen-eyed fan may have missed IG-88’s blink and you’ll miss it appearance in The Empire Strikes Back! The assassin droid was beaten to Han Solo by Boba Fett and the two developed a serious rivalry as a result. Thanks to the “Expanded Universe” novels and comic books, the history and characteristics of IG-88 were considerably fleshed out, making him undeniably one of the most interesting villains in the franchise. However, it could be argued that his appearance would be better saved for the planned Boba Fett spin-off, although a cameo of some sort may not be a bad way to remind fans that they shouldn’t underestimate this formidable and deadly android no matter how limited his time on screen was.

8. Jar-Jar Binks


Say-wha?! That's right; arguably the most universally despised Star Wars character of all-time somehow managed to make it onto this list. Why? Well, while Jar-Jar's appearances after The Phantom Menace were mercifully brief, fans never got the satisfaction of seeing him die. Now, there's no need to dedicate too much time to this; just throw it into the background of any of the sure to be superbly directed action sequences by Abrams as an Easter egg to fans. Just SOMETHING to give us the satisfaction of knowing that he will never return in any major sort of capacity. Please!

7. Stormtroopers


The Rebels may have succeeded in destroying the Death Star, but there were surely plenty of Stormtroopers and higher-up's still loyal to the Empire, even if the Emperor and Darth Vader had fallen by the close of Return of the Jedi. This leaves us with a lot of very interesting possibilities. Are they now just a small faction faithful to the ideas of old or as powerful as ever? Think back to Tarkin's role in A New Hope. There's absolutely nothing to say that someone like that may not have decided to step up and lead what remained of the Emperor's forces to continue battling the Rebel Alliance. As iconic as Vader's helmet and even the lightsaber itself, it's hard to imagine Stormtroopers not somehow factoring into Episode VII.

6. The Emperor


If those on the light side of the Force can return in spectral form to guide the next generation of Jedi, why can't those from the Dark Side do the same? Whoever ends up being the villain/s in Star Wars Episode VII, it's hard to imagine that the Sith truly came to an end with the deaths of Darth Vader and the Emperor. The fact that one of the most evil villains in the history of cinema had somehow managed to escape true death in order to continue making the lives of the Skywalker family a misery would also certainly help make the conflict in this new trilogy all the more personal.

5. R2-D2 and C-3PO


Again, how could Abrams’ ever consider not bringing back this loveable duo? R2-D2 and C-3PO are a staple of the franchise and their fate has been intertwined with that of the Skywalker clan since the very beginning. The biggest question of course is whether there are any stories left to tell with them as they have been through an awful lot over the course of six movies. Regardless, even if they’re not involved with the main story, there’s nothing to say that R2-D2 and C-3PO can’t still be faithfully serving Luke, Han and Leia. An appearance from them is essential for most Star Wars fans, so out of all the characters on this list, it would arguably be most surprising if they DIDN’T show up.

4. Yoda


Yoda is one of many characters who have been mentioned as getting their own spin-off, but that would obviously have to be a prequel of some sort after his death in Return of the Jedi. However, with it not being possible to bring back Alec Guinness’ Obi Wan Kenobi, the door is wide open for the pint sized Jedi master to return in ghostly form. After all, Yoda surely still has plenty of knowledge to impart on whoever is now leading the Jedi Order and whatever faults one can find with the prequels, there’s no denying that the use of special effects brought the character to life wonderfully in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Also, as is the case with the #2 selection on this list, an appearance in Star Wars Episode VII would definitely help to generate interest in the aforementioned spin-off. Regardless of the franchises loyal fan base, it’s vital to remember that this movie will also introduce a whole new generation to a galaxy far, far away, so for them, this instalment might just be the first time meeting these characters!

3. Chewbacca


How could you NOT bring back Chewbacca alongside Han Solo? The Wookie was his faithful companion and co-pilot throughout the original trilogy and also happened to be a dab hand with a blaster and sheer brute force. Seeing Han piloting the Millenium Falcon without Chewie just wouldn't feel right somehow. Should Abrams decide to [SPOILER WARNING] ultimately follow Chewbacca's fate in the "Expanded Universe" by having him die while saving the life of Han and Leia's children [END SPOILERS], there's no denying that such a scene would result in this new movie/trilogy having a strong emotional connection to long-time fans moving forward.

2. Boba Fett


Amazingly, a character who had only a few lines across the space of three movies has become one of the most popular in the franchise. Despite the fact that George Lucas tried and failed to replicate the same level of success by introducing his father and a young Boba in Attack of the Clones, Jango - who had one of the quickest and most ridiculous deaths of all the six films - failed to connect with audiences, so why not bring back the original and the best? After all, surely the Galaxy's greatest bounty hunter could find some way to escape that Sarlacc pit?!

1. Darth Vader


His role in the original trilogy was of course vital, and the prequels were focused entirely on how Anakin Skywalker ultimately became the masked menace, so there's no way that this new trilogy can escape the shadow of Darth Vader. While it could be argued that these new films should move on from what's come before, the simple fact that they are bringing back Luke, Han and Leia (and that George Lucas always intended for there to be another trilogy) means that the Skywalker legacy will continue to be a major factor in Episode VII and beyond. How can he return? Well, Vader's death and subsequent cremation make resurrection unlikely, and it's hard to imagine anyone wanting Hayden Christensen to return, so it may be best to leave this one up to the superior mind of J.J. Abrams...
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spon - 6/4/2013, 12:11 PM
Lando Calrissian flew the millennium falcon. he's a positive role model in the realm of science fiction.
anthonyEstark - 6/4/2013, 12:12 PM
Wee-sa issa likin' dissa list!
DaenerysTargaryen - 6/4/2013, 12:13 PM
IMO they should only bring back the OT5 *Luke, han, leia, chewbacca, and lando*. I dont want the sequel trilogy to be cluttered with pointless ressurections and returns. I want to see NEW people
Schulz725 - 6/4/2013, 12:17 PM
I want Starkiller in these movies
harley2011 - 6/4/2013, 12:17 PM
Vader, IG-88.

Jar-Jar, Obviously a joke.
marcvader1 - 6/4/2013, 12:18 PM
R2D2, C3PO, and Chewy. That's it.
Logan5 - 6/4/2013, 12:19 PM
@spon 6/4/2013, 12:11pm


^^He also probably uses catheters at this point as well. If they can make any of the original actors not appear shoehorned.., then that it the key. KOTCS is evidence of this. Hope to see Mark at least and if any of the others, we know r2 and c3po will be, can again exist in ep VII and not come off as a wink.., and a nod. I'm all for the core of the original trilogy. Lando could easily fit into this film.., easily.
WelcomeBackFrank - 6/4/2013, 12:20 PM
I'm cool with seeing Boba Fett, Lando, and R2D2 and C-3PO again, but Chewbacca and IG-88 died in the Expanded Universe, and I don't see the point with bringing back Darth Vader or the Emperor. Anakin Skywalker and Yoda appearing as Force ghosts to Luke would be fine, but knowing Lucas he'd push for Hayden Christiansen's smug, rigid mug to show up as the ghost.

Seriously, one of the dumbest, dickheaded moves ever made next to replacing Jeremy Bulloch's dialogue with Temeura Morrison's voice as Boba.
Tainted87 - 6/4/2013, 12:21 PM

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polarkyle - 6/4/2013, 12:21 PM
I don't understand why people hate jar jar, if you want an extremely annoying character try watching daffy duck in the looney tunes show.
siggisuperman - 6/4/2013, 12:22 PM
I just want the movie to focus on the children of Luke and Leia & Han. I want about 20 years to have passed since episode 6.
marcvader1 - 6/4/2013, 12:24 PM
Bossk
caveman - 6/4/2013, 12:25 PM
As I always feel with resurrecting characters, if Vader's return can work without seemingly destroying his previous redemption, then I WANT MORE VADER.
DRMidNite - 6/4/2013, 12:26 PM
Jar Jar IS the Daffy Duck of the SW universe...LOL
FreedomFreeLife - 6/4/2013, 12:27 PM
NO [frick]ING WAY, IT WOULD RUIN EVERYTHING.
IF VADER RETURN, THEN EPISODE 6 WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL WORTHLESS AND RATING WOULD GO DOWN FROM 9/10 TO 4/10
hartley07 - 6/4/2013, 12:28 PM
omg no darth please. thats the whole frickin point of star wars is anakin's redemption.
DRMidNite - 6/4/2013, 12:28 PM
ThisIsHeavy - 6/4/2013, 12:32 PM
It would be awesome if we're re-introduced to Han and Lando at the same time, imagine if Luke or his son have to travel to the bar where we first meet Han. As Luke or his son walk in we see Han and Lando sitting together playing cards...or space cards. That would be great.
unknownfacts - 6/4/2013, 12:33 PM
Boba survived the Sarlac pit it takes like a thousand years to digest it's prey plus his armor protected him.Doesn't help that he fell in the Sarlac pit three times over the course of his bounty hunter career.
Seejay - 6/4/2013, 12:36 PM

Jar Jar Binks, sorry, but no.

Where is Han Solo ?
pintoman - 6/4/2013, 12:40 PM
It's really more "STAR WARS EPISODE VII" than "JJ Abram's STAR WARS EPISODE VII".

geez
BigMikeReviews - 6/4/2013, 12:42 PM
Lets stop relying on characters that used to work, please invent new iconic characters that a new generation can appreciate.
MercSoul - 6/4/2013, 12:44 PM
BRING CHEWBACCA DEATH!
TheRaven20 - 6/4/2013, 12:45 PM
This list is pretty bad. I would only bring back Lando, C-3PO & R2D2, Chewbacca, and possibly Boba Fett. Your Jar Jar thing is just stupid, sorry but it is.
AC1 - 6/4/2013, 12:48 PM
I think they mention somewhere in the franchise that only Jedi can come back as Force ghosts because they use the Force properly, respect it, and are unafraid of death as they see it as 'returning to the Force', so a Jedi can learn to temporarily speak with the living after death. The Sith can't do it because they misuse the Force for personal gain, corrupt it, and are afraid of dying and obsessed with prolonging life, so the Force doesn't let them come back as punishment. That means The Emperor can't come back, because he was a villain through and through. Anakin was able to return as he redeemed himself.

Anyway, the ones I'd like to return are C3P0 and R2-D2 (and they'll be back, since JJ Abrams puts R2 in all of his movies anyway), Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and Lando. I guess Yoda could also return as a Force Ghost, but if that happened I hope he'd only be in Episode 7 so we can see Luke leading the Jedi properly after that. I don't think Boba Fett will have a place in these films considering how much the characters have aged between Episodes 6 and 7, so I'd rather leave him for his spin-off.

In fact, I don't even want the Sith to return, at least in Episode 7, as it'd lessen the impact of Episode 6. I want a different villain. Maybe the remnants of the Empire?
Pooh - 6/4/2013, 12:51 PM
Mandalorian supercommandos would be nice, or at least a couple of adult-sized Fetts.

It would be great if they could take the focus off the Jedi in this movie and spend more time on smugglers (e.g. Lando) and Bounty Hunters (e.g. IG-88).

Beyond that, they had some good ideas in some of the video games--Shadows of the Empire and Rogue Squadron.
Pooh - 6/4/2013, 12:52 PM
Also I like Chewbacca, but I think the third movie was a little too much CGI.
Pooh - 6/4/2013, 12:54 PM
And I think it would be cool too see some Stormtroopers without helmets.
TheKingsHead - 6/4/2013, 12:57 PM
How about IG-88 cousin, THX-1138?
gr3yfox - 6/4/2013, 1:04 PM
Why would you bring back all these dead characters whose death played important roles in the films? Feels odd...
WakeMan - 6/4/2013, 1:08 PM
Emperor = dead
Vader = dead
Yoda = dead
Jar Jar = probably dead by now
Boba Fett = dead
Lando = should not figure into a new story. Should be about skywalkers and jedis
Chewbacca = see "Lando"
Stormtroopers = see "Lando"
IG88 = see "Lando"

C3PO and R2D2 = better be in EVERY Star Wars movie ever made. The entire Saga is "told through their eyes"
WakeMan - 6/4/2013, 1:10 PM
My list:

Luke Skywalker
Leia (if Leia, then also Han to a SMALL extent)

Anyone else really doesn't figure in to a new story 20+ years later. And even these two should figure in minimally.
blkyank - 6/4/2013, 1:15 PM
@Acira

In Episode 3,Palpatine spoke with Anakin about how his master had such mastery of the Dark side of the Force that he could prevent others from dying but couldn't save himself from being killed in his sleep.

Palpatine offered to work on preventing death when he turned Anakin so whose to say that Palpatine didn't find a way around death during his reign?
TheRedSkull - 6/4/2013, 1:16 PM
Yes to Boba...It's been explained in the expanded universe. As for Vader and Sidious...no they're dead and brining them back will ruin the originals
TheRedSkull - 6/4/2013, 1:17 PM
Blkyank....You actually make a good point. Throw in some flashbacks to that scene in some way and they could pull it off
blkyank - 6/4/2013, 1:20 PM
If anybody would come back as a Force ghost to advise Luke it should be Ben.

There is this thing called make up to age McGregor, who should come back,one as a nod to the prequels (which introduced a lot of fans to the franchise) and two because he was the best thing about those films and really channeled Alec Guiness.

Plus Luke still could use a source of exposition to explain a new threat.
polarkyle - 6/4/2013, 1:21 PM
Next list should be what characters from the expanded universe we want to see in the movies. Also please don't bring back Vader, he's a great villain but he's so overrated and is pratically the face of Star Wars. With this new triolgy i want to see some new sith lords
Tempo - 6/4/2013, 1:23 PM
I want Lando back!
yingyangpalms - 6/4/2013, 1:30 PM
Hayden Christensen was not the problem. He did the role as Lucas wanted. Was Anakin what he shouldve been? No! But Lucas is to blame for Anakin, bad puppet Yoda, bad CGI Yoda, Qui Gon and all the Jedi being clones of Christ. Making the entire cast look bad and crapping on every great character he could use in the Prequels.

Does anyone out there think the crying and whining was Christensen's idea? Why do you think Lucas casts mostly unknowns? They dont have the leverage to say "I'm not doing this or saying that." And newer actors may not see flaws more experienced one would.
blkyank - 6/4/2013, 1:37 PM
@Acira

Another thing comes too mind. The Jedi fell in Episode 3 not because of Sith corruption but because of their own.

They started to apply the same "Ends justify the means" mindset of the Sith when they

1. Because political/intelligence operatives of the Chancellor.
2.Created a clone army in secret.
3.Exceeded their mandate as peace keepers to become Generals of the Republic
4.Recruit one their own to spy on Palpatine.
5.Openly attempt to remove the elected head of state without going to the courts or Senate.

Palpatine was right in claiming that the Jedi were in their own way just as obsessed with keeping their power as the Sith were in gaining it.
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