While Star Wars: Episode VII will reunite Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia on screen for the first time in over thirty years, another important member of the Rebel Alliance has declined to appear in the film. Sorry, Wedge Antilles fans, but actor Denis Lawson does not want to participate in the sequel.
Denis Lawson appeared in all three original Star Wars movies, helping destroy the Death Star in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, defeating the AT-ATs on Hoth in 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and leading Lando Calrissian to victory during the climactic fight at the end of 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The character has a huge cult following, and is considered an important part of the overall story arc. Director J.J. Abrams wanted Denis Lawson to return as part of the ensemble cast, but the actor turned the offer down, calling it boring.
While promoting his new sci-fi thriller The Machine, Denis Lawson had this to say about his decision not to return for the highly anticipated sequel.
"I'm not going to do that....They asked me but it just would have bored me."
The actor had previously stated he would only return if he was offered a substantially bigger role than he held down in the first three movies. In 2001, he did reprise the character of Wedge Antilles for the Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader video game, where he served as the main character.
It's possible, however unlikely, that Denis Lawson is under contact to not discuss his involvement until it is officially released by Disney and Lucasfilm. He may still return in some capacity. Denis Lawson's real-life nephew Ewan McGregor is also rumored to return as Obi-Wan's spirit ghost, but that has never been confirmed.
How disappointed are you that Wedge isn't returning? Or do you think his character can easily be overwritten and changed into someone else?