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'Solo' Teaches Lucasfilm They Can't Recast Iconic Star Wars Characters


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Despite some positive responses from fans, as well as, director Ron Howard, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells Vanity Fair the disappointing box-office results for 2018's Solo, has taught them not to recast the iconic characters.

“There should be moments along the way when you learn things,” Kennedy sad. “Now it does seem so abundantly clear that we can’t do that.


(Source: Variety)
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I understand what they're trying to say, but, it seems really ironic to say this with Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi a little over a week away (featuring, a number of *technically* recast OT characters) and a cover story spotlighting 'recast' versions of Ahsoka, Kenobi, and Mon Mothma
 
I also have trouble blaming the film's 'failure' on Alden's casting as Han Solo. Again, the film was released 6 months after 'The Last Jedi'
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I agree. I don't think Solo's casting was the problem at all. Alden did his homework on Harrison Ford, and Donald Glover was a perfect choice for young Lando, if you ask this scruffy lookin' nerf-herder. Besides that, I think we can all agree that stories featuring younger versions (or older versions) of iconic characters requires a bit of suspended belief from the fans. Maybe you disagree with that, but again, I don't think Solo's problems were it's cast choices, but the writing. In addition to that, Star Wars fans such as myself were already sensing that the well had been poisoned after The Last Jedi, so that certainly didn't help things. 

I'm all for re-casting. In fact, I really wish Lucasfilm would recast Kathleen Kennedy. 

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36 minutes ago, Zachatello said:

I agree. I don't think Solo's casting was the problem at all. Alden did his homework on Harrison Ford, and Donald Glover was a perfect choice for young Lando, if you ask this scruffy lookin' nerf-herder. Besides that, I think we can all agree that stories featuring younger versions (or older versions) of iconic characters requires a bit of suspended belief from the fans. Maybe you disagree with that, but again, I don't think Solo's problems were it's cast choices, but the writing. In addition to that, Star Wars fans such as myself were already sensing that the well had been poisoned after The Last Jedi, so that certainly didn't help things. 

I'm all for re-casting. In fact, I really wish Lucasfilm would recast Kathleen Kennedy. 

Lol, agreed. 

I don’t understand the leverage she has thats allowed her to stay in role at Lucasfilm for so long.

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