Controversial 'comedy' character made his debut in 2002's 'Episode 1: The Phantom Menace'
JJ Abrams, director of this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has admitted he has considered killing off one of the sci-fi franchise’s most controversial characters.
Jar Jar Binks, a clumsy, bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo, made his debut in 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, playing a significant part in George Lucas’s first Star Wars prequel film. Though Binks was presumably designed to add light relief, he proved hugely unpopular with Star Wars fans and some critics even accused the character of being a racial caricature. Binks later appeared in smaller roles in 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
During his interview with Vanity Fair for the magazine’s Star Wars cover story, Abrams pointed to a framed still from The Force Awakens and said: “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18 this year and takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. All plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.
Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered in December and has now racked up over 100m views on YouTube. A second trailer followed last month (April).
In March Disney confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed by an eighth Star Wars film, currently untitled, in 2017. It will be preceded in 2016 by a spin-off film titled Rogue One starring The Theory Of Everything actress Felicity Jones.