We can feign surprise, but we all knew Harrison Ford would return for the next round of STAR WARS movies (perhaps as an estranged lover to a cougar-like Leia Organa Solo?). The more interesting factoid of the day is, now that the original three main cast members are confirmed, who will play their kids? I secretly hope EPISODE 7 isn’t centered around the Skywalkers ‘s new generation (unique characters for me please), but since the latest rumors indicate that the four kiddos will make some sort of appearance, I think we can speculate without feeling too bad. And even though Disney has remained fairly adamant that they won’t rely on the Extended Universe books and comics for these flicks, I’ll share an abbreviated bio with each selection (shit’s interesting, yo).
Garrett Hedlund as Ben Skywalker
Besides his semi-horrible rom coms, Garrett Hedlund is a damn good actor. He restarted the Tron franchise with Legacy and… well, actually, Tron‘s about the only notable film on his record. Still, I think he’d make a great Ben, the noble, all around good guy of the Extended Universe. Son of Grand Master Luke Skywalker, he hops around the galaxy in search of adventure, and was kinda enslaved by his cousin (and Sith Lord) Darth Caedus, aka Jacen Solo.
Tom Felton as Anakin Solo
Best known for his evil antics in the Harry Potter movies, most folks aren’t aware that the blond baddie has a secret soft side. Seriously, the dude pets kittens and bunnies all day, every day. So it’s only natural that he would play the golden child of the next trilogy, Anakin Solo. Ani S, as his friends call him, is the youngest of the Solo clan and the most inspiring, even after his untimely death. Coincidentally, his death was so traumatic for his siblings, that it launched Jacen into a successful career in the family business, as Sith Lord Darth Caedus.
Nicholas Hoult as Jacen Solo (Darth Caedus)
You’ll recognize Nicholas Hoult from the recent monster love tale Warm Bodies (which was honestly pretty awesome and as anti-Twilight as a creature romance can be) and the forever classic About a Boy, if you’re into incredible movies or anything like that. Even though he usually plays fumbling, bumbling characters, there’s something slightly creepy about Hoult’s onscreen personas, so much so that he would be the perfect candidate for Jacen Solo, the worst Sith scourge since his Grandpappy, Darth Vader.
Summer Glau as Jaina Solo
Summer is an old, trusted standby in the geek world. First introduced in Joss Whedon’s Firefly and later in the Terminator TV series, Summer’s track record proves that she’d make a badass Jaina Solo. She’s already clocked some serious hours as a martial arts touting badass in Serenity and I’m sure she’d be just as able with a glowing lightstick of death (I’m talking lightsabers, folks!). A duel to the death between her and onscreen sibling Nicholas Hoult’s Jacen would be nerdgasmic.
What do you think of these casting choices? I know the ages don’t exactly match up, but a bit of makeup should more than compensate for that. Although, the three main males that I’ve chosen may be a bit too similar in form (too Anglicized, maybe?).