Dec 08, 2015

    No Jar Jar Binks or Ewoks in new Star Wars


    JAR Jar Binks, a goofy amphibious character who irritated many Star Wars fans in the 1999 film The Phantom Menace, will not appear in the new movie The Force Awakens, producer Kathleen Kennedy said on Sunday.

    The film-makers have declined to share much about what audiences will see when The Force Awakens opens in theatres in the United States on Dec 18 (the movie opens in Singapore on Dec 17).

    But Kennedy did answer a question at a news conference about what is not in the film.

    "Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie," Kennedy said to applause and cheers.

    An online poll of movie fans in 2006 found Binks to be the most annoying film character of all time.

    Audiences of the new film will also not see any Ewoks, the furry creatures from 1983's Return Of The Jedi, Kennedy said.

    "That's because Harrison insisted on it," she said in jest, referring to actor Harrison Ford, who returns to play Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

    The movie is the seventh episode in the sci-fi franchise created by George Lucas. Walt Disney took over the series when it purchased the Lucasfilm studio in 2012.