Friday 23 February 2018

Neither Jar-Jar Binks nor the Ewoks will appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace
Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace

Alice Vincent

In news that will shock few and sadden even fewer, Jar-Jar Binks will not be returning to the galaxy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

With the exception of the Jar-Jar Binks Sith-theorists (who recently emerged online thinking that the hapless Gungan was actually a powerful Sith-sympathiser and super-villian puppet-master), not many fans were expecting JJ Abrams to bring back Binks for the seventh Star Wars film.

However, The Force Awakens' producer has now confirmed that there will be no utterances of "Meesa!" in the film.

Kathleen Kennedy told jubilant fans at a press conference: “Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie.”

The flat-footed alien emerged in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, to surprisingly warm reviews, but swiftly became despised by fans, resulting in Jar-Jar being voted the most annoying film character of all time.

Even if he was a less unpopular creation (even by the third of the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith, Jar-Jar's lines had been stripped back considerably), there would be little logic to bringing Jar-Jar back for the new installment: he didn't appear in the original trilogy, because George Lucas hadn't created the monster yet, and he would be at least 90 years old by the time of The Force Awakens.

No more Ewoks
No more Ewoks

Fan theorists believe that Gungan's have a lower life-expectancy than humans, and live to about 55 years. As Wikianswers points out, he would have been nearing death by the end of Return of the Jedi. Something the authors of essay collection Jar-Jar Binks Must Die would be fairly pleased about.

There was another absence confirmed by Kennedy that may tug at more heartstrings, however: no Ewoks. Apparently Harrison Ford, who plays Han Solo, "insisted on it."

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