Rebooting a franchise is like breathing in Hollywood these days. Where original ideas have become less of an occurrence, filmmakers love taking an already beloved IP and making it their own – whether it is in a different medium, an entirely new story with the same in-universe characters or with fresher, younger talents because the originals have become old and grey.
Matthew Vaughn is one such filmmaker who has expressed plenty of interest in reboots. After teasing a Kick-Ass 3 reboot with a new cast, the 52-year-old has revealed at New York Comic Con that he wishes to reboot George Lucas’ Star Wars.
Vaughn has seemingly given his Star Wars reboot some thought, stating that he would set a story with the Skywalkers and recast the roles of Luke and Leia Skywalker, and Han Solo (via Screen Rant).
“But for me now, if someone asked me, what would you do? For me to get back into the world of somebody else’s characters and other franchises, I mean, I was joking. I said this as a joke, and now, yeah, maybe I would do it. If they wanted to reboot Star Wars, set the story with the Skywalkers. And then I’ll go, Hey, that will be interesting. Because for me, it’s got to be something so bold, so different, and so brave,” said Vaughn.
“They said ‘you can’t do that,’ I was like, ‘There’ve been three Spider-Mans, Bonds. Like, what are you talking about? Why can’t that happen?’. I don’t control Star Wars, but I would do something big, brave, and with the great characters. I want to see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewie doing their sh-t. Not some distant cousin. Who cares?”
As a matter of fact, the fans care. The recasting of the original trio may not bode well with fans. Ron Howard attempted and failed miserably with his Solo: A Star Wars Story where he recast Harrison Ford’s Han Solo with Alden Ehrenreich. The one main good thing that came out of Solo: A Star Wars Story is a Lando Calrissian spin-off movie starring Donald Glover.
That said, recasting Han, Luke and Leia for a reboot does make sense to a certain extent. The trio are beloved by Star Wars fans and recasting them for a reboot allows these characters to return and embark on new exciting adventures across the galaxy.
Whether or not Vaughn’s wishes come to fruition remains to be seen. Currently, the director is hard at work to promote his upcoming spy-thriller, Argylle, starring Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, John Cena, Haruka Ohshima, Sam Rockwell, Ariana DeBose and pop singer Dua Lipa.