The news that J.J. Abrams is apparently going to helm the much anticipated Star Wars sequels has made the internet explode. And with that comes the speculation of who he might bring along with him for the ride. Will he, like Whedon, pull actors from the various franchises he has created? Here are some fun suggestions:
Bradley Cooper – Alias
With a reputation for playing the scoundrel of sorts in movies like The Hangover, Cooper has the Ford-esque swagger. Cooper already plays the asshole ladies can’t get enough of and a guy’s guy, so give the man a blaster already! Forget him being a smuggler—he’d make a badass bounty hunter!
Josh Holloway – Lost
For the same reasons as Cooper. He can pull off the right amount of cockiness and redeemable bad guy qualities that made Han Solo so iconic. Sawyer was the Solo archetype on Lost! His last name was Ford!! Make him a Solo.
Keri Russell – Felicity
This would be the most fitting of reunions as Felicity was Abrams’ first major network show. Russell could be a princess to please fans who were miffed about the super-short haircut she got late in her series. What about a hair change every other scene?
Lizzy Caplan – Cloverfield
She has the spunky-ness and independence that made Princess Leia so awesome. Why not make her a Solo? I always liked the idea of great male heroes having a daughter who could live up to the family name. Hopefully Abrams will go with a female lead like Caplan to pull off a chick who can can hold her ground around flyboys and scruffy looking nerf herders. I can see her as the captain of the Falcon who doesn’t advertise her princess title.
Michael Emerson – Lost
Simply… a man with ties to the Dark Side who tries to bring back the Sith.
John Noble – Fringe
Noble is an accomplished actor who has just come off an underrated run playing one of the best characters in tv history. He could play evil tyrant or wise but affable rebel leader. His role as Walter Bishop on Fringe gave him the freedom to play numerous versions of the same character, from cold-hearted mastermind to churlish man-child, so there’s no role he could take on Star Wars that would be a change of pace. How about a high ranking Imperial officer trying to pick up the pieces after their defeat and battling for dominance of the Empire’s remains against Michael Emerson’s equally tyrannical Imperial with a connection to the Dark Side of the Force? I just want to see Walter Bishop and Benjamin Linus go head to head for the chance become the new Emperor.
Greg Grunberg – Alias, Felicity
After appearing in many Abrams shows, Grunberg could be a likely candidate to appear in the new Star Wars films. I mean he already has the Heroes mental powers! He could be the unsure but lovable schlubby Jedi in training who comes upon his Force potential later in life.
Evangline Lily – Lost
For whatever reason, I want to see her be a kickass Twi’lek with a lightsaber–and freckles.
David Anders – Alias
Can he just be Moff Tarkin’s lost son? It’s not hard to picture him in the Imperial get up. He would be great as a sly bad guy who believes The Empire Will Rise Again!
Elle Fanning – Super 8
This could be the perfect opportunity for Abrams to build the sort of hero arc he likes. With Elle as Luke’s youngest daughter and Jedi in training he can develop a fun coming of age space adventure centering on the littlest Skywalker.
Simon Pegg – Star Trek
If Abrams can do both, than there is no one else more entitled to be in both a Star Trek and a Star Wars movie than Simon Pegg. As the iconic Tim Bisley in Spaced we saw him in his full fanboy glory, living life through Star Wars homages (despite his character’s hatred for the prequels). Pegg is known to be one of the biggest Star Wars fanatics in the industry, always gushing about the impact the movies had on his life and his crush on Princess Leia. I mean, sure, he’s provided the voice of Dengar on The Clone Wars but every geek’s fantasy would be fulfilled if the ultimate fanboy got to be a Star Wars hero.
Or you know since it’s Disney, maybe the blue fairy can make a trip to the Star Wars universe and make C-3PO and R2-D2 into humans played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. You know, there was that one time they shot a scene as our favorite droids for College Humor.
Lonely Island – Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions
Just Picture it. A nightclub on Coruscant. A bounty hunter enters with a splash of unnecessary lensflare, eyes Twi’lek Evangeline Lily and says “Hey, Freckles”, with the whole scene set to the sweet, sweet music of The Lonely Island with Abrams on Keyboard. With Daft Punk in Tron: Legacy and Skrillex in Wreck-it Ralph, it can happen.
Keyboard solo – J.J. Abrams!
There are so many choices from Abrams universe who could be a part of the next Star Wars franchise!
Drop your suggestions and what you’d like to see them as in the comments below!!