Notorious Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks does not appear in The Force Awakens, the film’s producer has confirmed.
Jar Jar Binks, a clumsy, bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo with a cod-Jamaican accent, 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 he was presumably designed to add light relief, Binks proved hugely unpopular with Star Wars fans and some critics even accused the character of being a racial caricature. The character later appeared in smaller roles in 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
“Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie,” Star Wars producer told journalists at a press conference in Los Angeles over the weekend. She also confirmed that The Force Awakens will not feature any Ewoks, adding jokingly: “That’s because Harrison [Ford] insisted on it.”
The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ. Abrams, recently admitted that he considered killing off Jar Jar Binks while working on the movie, which opens in UK cinemas on December 17 and in the US a day later.
Meanwhile, the actor who played the infamous character, Ahmed Best, recently claimed that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar in prosthetics similar to those the singer wore in his iconic ‘Thriller’ video.