Monday, May 12, 2014


Wedge Antilles Won’t Be Back For ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Germain Lussier

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When Return of the Jedi ends, the whole gang is there: Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, even Hayden Christensen, via the “magic” of Special Editions. There’s also a very special X-Wing pilot: Wedge Antilles, played by Denis Lawson. The Rebel pilot has been with the Rebellion longer than most of the main characters, having contributed to the destruction of both Death Stars and more. Along with Luke, he’s one of the outfit’s few surviving fighter pilots.

Wedge’s tangential importance in the Star Wars universe, coupled with a huge fan following, made the character a good candidate to return in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. However, a few months back, the actor said he’d only return if the role was bigger this time around. Now, it seems Lawson was approached to return for the film but turned it down.

This is a pretty crushing disappointment for Star Wars fans. You have to respect Lawson’s decision, and it’s not like J.J. Abrams didn’t approach the actor. But a new Star Wars movie, without Wedge, feels a little less complete. He was never an integral part of the franchise (hence Lawson’s obvious distain towards the series) but he was a crucial part of the Rebellion. I hope, at some point, we get a canonized explanation of his demise.
Do you think Lawson is telling the truth? Is it Star Wars without Wedge?