Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is the best Star Wars news you'll hear all year

celebrate1.jpg

Star Wars fans everywhere are eating the chocolates in their advent calendars, but they're not counting down to the 25th of December. Oh no, their anointed day comes eight days sooner, on the 17th when The Force is Awoken finally arrives in cinemas.

And if they weren't already looking forward to it with all their might (spoiler: they already definitely were), then any remaining doubts about its quality have been decisively blown away with this latest piece of news.

Jar Jar Binks is definitely not going to be in it.

Yes, the idiotic Gungan, widely and regularly voted the most annoying film character of all time, is not going to be making an episode-ruining appearance in The Force Awakens. The news was confirmed by producer Kathleen Kennedy at a news conference. To applause and cheers, she announced "Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie".

He originally featured in Episode I: The Phantom Menace (as well as briefer appearances in the other two prequels) and was, apparently, put in by director George Lucas, to provide comic relief, entertain the kids and - presumably - shift a load of merch. How did he get it so wrong? But get it wrong he did, and we still shudder at the memory of him (although if Michael Jackson had played him, it might have been very different).

Also not in the movie will be any Ewoks, who featured in Return of the Jedi. Kennedy said that they wouldn't be appearing "because Harrison (Ford) insisted on it".

So that's settled. The trailers have been brilliant, the mix of new and old characters looks brilliant, the posters are brilliant and there's no Jar Jar, which is self-evidently brilliant.

It's going to be brilliant isn't it?

(Image: Shutterstock)

Related

greedohan1.jpg

Here's every change ever made to the Star Wars trilogy

615x330_Empirestrikeshero.jpg

Going to see Rogue One? Take this original trilogy quiz first

AVMC_02844r1.jpg

10 movies you need to see this December

starwars.jpg

Here are all the original Star Wars vehicles to scale

choke.jpg

Block Star Wars spoilers with this Google Chrome extension

chewie.jpg

This Coke can sounds exactly like Chewbacca

Comments

More

Martin Scorsese on Margot Robbie’s improvised slap during an audition

The moment that earned her a starring role

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 drops rap song featuring The Hoff

Just remember: we are Groot

by Matt Tate
21 Apr 2017

Harry Styles strongly hints he'll play Mick Jagger in a new movie

Surely Harry's more Keith isn't he?

by Tom Mendelsohn
21 Apr 2017

Will Smith is in talks to play the Genie in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin

Cockney accent unconfirmed

by Gary Ogden
20 Apr 2017

New trailer lands for Studio Ghibli alumni's first film

Keeping the spirit alive

by Matt Tate
19 Apr 2017

Happy Easter: here's the first trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi

The first glimpse of Episode VIII

by Dave Fawbert
14 Apr 2017

Choose your own Game of Thrones ending with this theory generator

Spoiler: Podrick Payne will kill the Night King

by Matt Tate
13 Apr 2017

These secret Netflix codes will give you access to the entire library

by Joe Ellison
12 Apr 2017

That incredible new 'Thor: Ragnarok' trailer is a record-breaker

136 million views... and counting

by Matt Tate
12 Apr 2017

The tree from Shawshank Redemption is going to become a table

Too soon, guys

by Ryan Young
11 Apr 2017