If you are reading this blog then there is a fairly high probability that you are already aware that May 4th has become an unofficial holiday. Star Wars Day–May the 4th be with you–has been building up steam for the past few years, to the point where it has garnered attention outside of fan circles and into the mainstream consciousness. It has become so popular, it seems, that the celebration has turned into a week long extravaganza.
It began on Tuesday, April 29th. What an interesting moment that was; I will forever remember what I was doing when the full cast of Star Wars Episode VII was revealed. I was on break at work (I am a Blackjack Dealer) and I grabbed my phone from my locker to check my Facebook updates. The news was all over my timeline, and as I sat there reading the names, my body was overcome with excitement. I haven’t been so excited about a cast list since the reveal of the actors in Episode I, back in 1998.
For what it’s worth–and that’s not a lot–here are my predictions for the characters each of the new actors will play:
Max von Sydow: The Star Wars movies are littered with really old guys playing villains, and I doubt the new film will be any different. I expect von Sydow is a Sith Lord or the leader of some other Force sensitive, lightsaber wielding sect of ne’er-do-wells hellbent on dominating the galaxy. Bonus points if his character is named Darth Pazuzu.
John Boyega: I’m getting Jedi vibes from this guy. Don’t be surprised to see him wearing a tunic.
Adam Driver: He looks like a bad guy to me. Maybe we will see him play a faithful servant to Darth Pazuzu.
Oscar Isaac: This guy has scoundrel written all over him. A jaded anti-hero, he uses his quick wits and charming smile to escape any situation and make the ladies swoon while doing so. Han Solo will approve.
Andy Serkis: I have no idea what type of character Mr. Serkis will play, but I’m positive that it will be alien in appearance, and the whole thing will be motioned-captured.
Daisy Ridley: Twenty bucks says that she is Leia’s daughter. Seriously, google her image and tell me straightfaced that she is not carrying Naberrie genes.
Domhnall Gleeson: This is obviously a character with claims to the Skywalker lineage. Is he the son of Luke, or Leia? Only time will tell…
Isn’t speculation fun?
When my favorite baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, announced that they were having a Star Wars weekend, I was ecstatic. Two of the things I love were combined together into one epic event, and I had to make sure I got a ticket. I would have loved to go all three days, but Blackjack dealers tend to work on weekends. I was lucky enough to have off Friday, May 2nd, so I went down to the ballpark and enjoyed the festivities. Members of the 501st were there, and the Reds mascots were all garbed in Jedi gear.
Darth Vader threw out the first pitch and later fought Mr. Red in an epic battle for control of the galaxy (or something like that.) After the game (unfortunately the Reds lost) we were treated to a half hour fireworks show accompanied by John Williams scores.
I had to work on the actual Star Wars Day, but I made sure when I got home that the family watched A New Hope before turning in.
Did you celebrate Star Wars day this year? If so, tell me what you did in the comments below.
May the Force (and the 4th) be with you, always.
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