There's been quite a bit of discussion centering on the direction episodes 7,8,9 will go. It seems obvious from the rumors and news of the returning cast the new trilogy will feature (or at least include) the original actors reprising their original roles.
I'm not sure how I feel about this.
What I love about the Star Wars Universe as it pertains to the original trilogy are the 6 central characters....Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, and R2D2.
If I had my way, the trilogy would center around them as still fairly young and active; not old and immobile. Star Wars is about the pacing as much as the characters. It's also about friendship. To see new characters or see a more staid plot line would make this a complete failure in my book. Let's face it re-casting is the way to go. The characters are what count; not the actors. Frankly the acting wasnt mind blowing or unachievable.
And a new set of characters would be what exactly? A sharp witted girl? A hopeful dreamer? A sarcastic and pragmatic bad ass? Two droids? Some kind of creature sidekick? Or some variation or combination of the above?
So how exactly would a cast playing new characters with similar personalities/roles be any better than just re-casting the original characters? Do you not see the irony in a Skywalker/Solo legacy film ending up as nothing more than a de facto re-casting?
Then again, maybe it wont resemble the original trilogy at all and the characters will not have the same light hearted appeal. Maybe they will go dark and serious. In which case we're likely looking at something resembling the prequels (with better execution one would hope).