Two things about me that are no secret:
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and
I have a lot of time on my hands.
Sometimes those two things work in harmony and a post like this is the result.
Last week, in my Six Great Things Disney can do with Star Wars and on Podcast #52, I speculated on some things that Disney could do with their shiny new toy. Sitting at the top of my wish list is for whoever ends up helming the new movies to cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Whether he plays Ben Skywalker, Jacen Solo, Jiggle the Hutt, or Captain Doctor Rex, doesn’t matter to me- just cast him.
We don’t know what storyline the sequel movies will take the form of, so this is all still speculation- but if Episode VII does involve the twin offspring of Han Solo and Princess Leia, that leaves the matter of casting our other main character, Jaina Solo.
Jaina would have to be played by an actress who can match talents with JGL. Natalie Portman would have been perfect (yet another reason it’d be better if the prequels never happened).
Stumped for ideas, I loaded the Jaina Solo image above into MyHeritage.com‘s celebrity look-alike facial recognition generator. It generated 10 possible candidates, and I thought 5 of them were interesting (click the link to see which ones I weeded out, and Samantha Micelli apologists can direct their hate mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here were the suggestions, with the percentage of facial match:
Elisha Cuthbert 98%
Katie Holmes 96%
Kristanna Loken 90%
Kate Beckinsale 90%
Eliza Dushku 90%
If Star Wars Episode VII does in fact follow the story of the next generation, there are some interesting casting suggestions here, depending on the characters’ ages in the new films.
I could certainly see Wife Pretty Hall of Famer Kate Beckinsale as the grown daughter of Han & Leia. This would preclude the casting of Gordon-Levitt as the other twin, since he is 8 years her junior, so in that case he’d make a great cousin (Ben Skywalker).
What are your thoughts? Who could you see playing the offspring of the most beloved generation of Star Wars characters?