At least a few people are excited about Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise: Namely, the peripheral stars of the original two trilogies.
The $4-billion acquisition included plans to make a seventh Star Wars film, much to the emotional confusion of geeks everywhere. But that wasn’t the case with the series’ creature stars. Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar Jar Binks, Daniel Logan, the most recent actor to play Boba Fett, and Peter Mayhew, better known as Chewbacca, have all voiced support for the venture, with Mayhew adding: “I have worked with Disney for many years … and seen how much they love the films and the fans.”
For what it’s worth, George Lucas also said he’s happy to trust Star Wars to Disney and will continue to be involved only as a creative adviser—news that generally excited the nerd community, since Lucas’ heavy-handed control is seen by many to have been responsible for the little-loved prequel trilogy. Plus, Disney itself has built good nerd favor with its string of well-received adaptations of Marvel Comics after buying the studio in 2009.
So, tentative Yub Nub all around?