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Old April 30 2014, 03:15 PM   #661
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

To show a passage of time and that things change, they may have killed off Lando during the 30 years not seen. This would also drive home that our big 3 are aging and not "immortal". Maybe one of the new characters is Lando's son?
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Old April 30 2014, 04:28 PM   #662
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

I would hate for a character like Lando to die off-screen. That being said, I have a gut feeling that not all of our iconic heroes are going to make it through the new film alive.
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Old April 30 2014, 04:51 PM   #663
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I like Lando well enough but I'm not sure we need every ancillary character around 30-years-older just to show they can do it.

If Lando's integral to the story, fine. If he's just a walking prop, why bother?
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Old April 30 2014, 04:58 PM   #664
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

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I like Lando well enough but I'm not sure we need every ancillary character around 30-years-older just to show they can do it.

If Lando's integral to the story, fine. If he's just a walking prop, why bother?
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Old April 30 2014, 05:04 PM   #665
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I'd be fine with Lando showing up in the second or third movie, but I agree there's no real need to see him in the first one.
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Old April 30 2014, 05:05 PM   #666
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

If he shows up it will be in the second movie, for symmetry.
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Old April 30 2014, 05:11 PM   #667
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

Lando's not exactly your average ancillary character, though. He's pivotal to the outcome of Empire, has a backstory with Han and Chewie (he's the guy who lost the Falcon to them in a game of sabacc) and fires some of the decisive shots that destroy the second Death Star, saving the Rebel fleet at Endor before the weapon can go full bore on them and emerging as one of the primary heroes of that decisive and historic battle.

Sure, he's not the Skywalker twins, Obi-Wan or Han, but he's hardly a minor background guy most people don't care much about.
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Old April 30 2014, 05:21 PM   #668
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

I was thinking that Han bites the dust in 7, and Lando takes his place in the Rebel cause in 8 and 9. But Billy Dee not getting a phone call about this is quite upsetting. I figured JJ would go to bat for him, you know, JJ is responsible for elevating the OT core characters to the focus of the story from a few cameos so I'd say he's already earned my respect on this project for taking control of the script that way.
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Old April 30 2014, 06:02 PM   #669
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

Did Lando ever manage to play an important vital role in any of the EU books? He's just always there with some latest get quick rich scheme... I'd say his greatest contribution was the VYH Destroyer droids.
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Old April 30 2014, 06:23 PM   #670
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I would hate for a character like Lando to die off-screen. That being said, I have a gut feeling that not all of our iconic heroes are going to make it through the new film alive.
Yeah, for some reason I've had this sense that Han won't survive Episode VII.
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Old April 30 2014, 06:37 PM   #671
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I wonder if Harrison Ford may have agreed to do Episode VII only if they killed off Han Solo. I have this feeling that may be so.
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Old April 30 2014, 06:37 PM   #672
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I was thinking that Han bites the dust in 7, and Lando takes his place in the Rebel cause in 8 and 9. But Billy Dee not getting a phone call about this is quite upsetting. I figured JJ would go to bat for him, you know, JJ is responsible for elevating the OT core characters to the focus of the story from a few cameos so I'd say he's already earned my respect on this project for taking control of the script that way.
Despite the important role he played in ESB and ROTJ, I've never really considered Lando to be a "core character" like Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie and the droids. In my mind he was always more of a supporting player.
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Old April 30 2014, 06:40 PM   #673
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

Any speculation on what the story may be about? I'm really hoping that JJ doesn't try to play the same cat and mouse games with the story line as he did with STID.
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Old April 30 2014, 07:18 PM   #674
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I wonder if Harrison Ford may have agreed to do Episode VII only if they killed off Han Solo. I have this feeling that may be so.
If so, it's a shame. Personally I don't need Han in a SW film just to see him die.
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Old April 30 2014, 07:43 PM   #675
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I wonder if Harrison Ford may have agreed to do Episode VII only if they killed off Han Solo. I have this feeling that may be so.
If so, it's a shame. Personally I don't need Han in a SW film just to see him die.
But what if it's an epic hero death?!

It could certainly work if done right. Everybody dies eventually.
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