Well this should come as a surprise to literally no one, but Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that some of the most hated characters in the Star Wars Saga will not be present for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie. Ewoks are not in the movie.” Kennedy joked when asked who would not be in the film at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference. “That was because Harrison [Ford] insisted.”
Well, that clears that up.
Ewoks featured in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi are are consistently pointed at as one of the worst ideas George Lucas ever had. That was until Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace when he introduced Jar Jar Binks. Intended to be a cool Goofy-inspired character, Jar Jar came under fire for being a racist stereotype and was phased out in sequels Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.