It's easy for Hollywood to rely on old and established characters because of name recognition. Lucasfilm however wants to try and take a gamble with the Star Wars franchise and focus on newer characters in the foreseeable future.
Coming Soon had a chance to speak with Gary Whitta who is the screenwriter for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The website asked him if future Star Wars films will explore new areas of the universe without relying on older characters such as Yoda and Boba Fett coming back or something like that. Whitta's answer can be see below.
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.
He goes on to say that 10 or 20 years from now, he doesn't see Lucasfilm relying on older characters to sell Star Wars films. Sure a young Han Solo movie is out next year, but beyond that we might see newer films with fresher faces. We saw this already with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The main characters were unfamiliar faces, while the older characters all made short cameos.
It's funny to see that Lucasfilm's mentality is the complete opposite of the WWE. If you watch professional wrestling, you'll know that the WWE relies heavily on older wrestlers to sell WrestleMania each and every year. WWE better start investing on future wrestlers because those old wrestlers cannot keep wrestling every year. After all, most of the famous wrestlers from the '90s and early '00s are pushing 50 years old now.
Anyway, it's great to see Lucasfilm is already trying to plan for the future. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the next film in the pipeline and that's out in December 2017.
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