J.J. Abrams Confirms Jar Jar Binks for Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens
In a surprising move, Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams today confirmed the appearance of the infamous Jar Jar Binks in the forthcoming film. The CGI character is widely considered to be the most hated character in the franchise, making his return in the grittier continuation of the franchise all the more unexpected. Abrams understands the skepticism, but is not intimidated.
“I love Jar Jar,” claims the director. “There are times that people ask me what ‘J.J.’ stands for and I tell them ‘Jar Jar.’ He really stood out to me, and I would like to do him justice.”
“The Jar Jar you will see in Episode 7 will not be the same Jar Jar you saw in the prequel trilogy,” Abrams continues. “A lot of time has passed between Episodes 3 and 7. He’s been through a lot. The war between the Empire and the Rebels had a significant impact on the life of our favorite Gungan that I feel the fans will really respond to. Without giving too much away, he’s in a much darker, more relatable place now than he was when we first met him.”
To further reinforce this new direction for the character, Abrams and Disney have also confirmed that famed motion-capture actor Andy Serkis will be stepping into the role of the Gungan. On the new, more modernized take on the character, Serkis provided a candid, telling response.
“I’ll admit, I was initially a bit skeptical to take this role,” confesses the British thespian. “I was just as outraged and insulted by the character in the prequel trilogy as every other fan, and had you asked me ten years ago if I would ever play him, I would have told you that I would rather get a root canal every day for the rest of my life. So when Disney and J.J. came to me asking me to play him, I laughed in their faces. But then I read the script. It was poetry. I could not put it down. I am honored that they would even consider me for this role, and I will do everything in my power to convey what this character deserves.”
As fans of the franchise know, Disney plans on staggering the releases of their Star Wars films, with a numbered sequel one year and a spin-off based on a secondary character or characters the next year. This reveal has caused some fans to wonder if Jar Jar Binks’ apparent resurgence in popularity has earned him a film of his own. When asked about this, Abrams played coy.
“Well, I can’t say anything about that,” he said, grinning ear-to-ear, “but we’ll see. We’ll see.”
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