EDIT: I just did an internet search and found him: Bodie Taylor. I wouldn't object to him in the role either, I guess. Although he's never actually worn the armor, has he?
Even though I never finished the series, there are enough cool elements in HTTE that I wouldn't mind seeing adapted into the ST. Plus I think Thrawn is a cool character at the design level, I just never really liked how he was written in the book. I can't help but think that, if the Emperor really had this tactical genius who always seemed to know exactly what the heroes were going to do and always had a contingency plan to stop them, then why wouldn't Palpatine have called upon his expertise at some point after the first Death Star exploded? It just feels too convenient for me. Kind of like, "Oh the Empire really did have this competent, unstoppable military force, but they were always just offscreen during the films."
I guess my main reason is, I grew up knowing that Han and Leia's kids were Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin. To all of a sudden have their kids with other names would be a shock to the system. It would be like, in a lesser state mind you, growing up believing that you mom and dad are your mom and dad, only to find out when you're in your late twenties you were adopted. And even if their backstories change, you can still use some of the EU as off-camera filler stories, sort of like the PT EU is, as long as you use the names.Quote:
Any characters in the films that have names taken from EU simply won't be the same characters that EU fans grown to love. They might have the names, but they won't have the same personalities or backstories, as you've acknowledged. But isn't that what endeared them to EU fans in the first place?
I've only ever seen the theory that Palpatine took over the galaxy to save it from the Vong as a fan theory, not an actual EU story . . . unless I'm wrong? God, I hope I'm not.
It was very strongly hinted at in various EU books around the time of the NJO, particularly Rogue Planet. Palpatine chose that moment in history to take over the universe because he thought the Jedi would lead to the downfall of the entire galaxy. He later sent Thrawn out that way, because he saw the Vong as a bigger threat than the Jedi, who he could wipe out with a bunch of New Zealanders in colorful white armor. Palpy never comes out and says, "Hmmm, I think I will take over the galaxy now because these aliens from another galaxy are bad news," but it's definitely intended to be the case.
Anyway, here's an old quote from Lucas that kind of hints how the current post-ROTJ EU fits in with his vision (emphasis added):
This quote comes from a Merge Digital interview dated 2006; but I found it referenced in this article which is pretty fascinating to read:Quote:
"And now there have been novels about the events after Episode VI, which isn't at all what I would have done with it. The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn't come back to life, the Emperor doesn't get cloned and Luke doesn't get married."
So, what Lucas is basically saying is that, if he wrote a story for Luke, Han and Leia that takes place after ROTJ, then it wouldn't be at all like the current EU continuity. I'm not sure how relevant that is right now, but it's pretty interesting and might give a hint at how faithful they plan to be to the existing post-ROTJ storylines.
Lucas asked that only Anakin Solo be killed off. He didn't want books coming out with 2 Anakins - one for each era - because he thought readers would get oonfused - who becomes Darth Vader, and who calls Han Solo "daddy."
Also the cast must be kept from getting too large.
If Han and Leia only have 1 child, a girl, 32 years old - an adult Imperial Knight by this point - that will be fine. There's Jaina. They don't have to explain that she had two brothers who are already dead - one who she even had to slay.
I think to appeal to the kids, they might be seen with a little girl (age 10 or younger) - that would be their grand-daughter Allanah - and they don't even have to mention who her parents were (you obviously know they were a direct child lost to Han and Leia - Jacen in this case).
And yes, Luke's New Jedi Order allows marriages. Mara would be dead and thus you'd have Ben training with his father.