ByJames M. Tate, writer at Creators.co
Top Shark Cinema Writer at CultFilmFreaks.com and Now a Movie Pilot Remora...
James M. Tate

There's always one or two legendary actors aboard each STAR WARS film or trilogy... Of course, Alec Guinness played Ben "Obi Wan" Kenobi in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, and according to writer/director George Lucas, the onset joking was at a minimal whenever the British icon was around...

Also on board that groundbreaking film, and running the Death Star with even more (political) power than Darth Vader, was Hammer Films regular Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin...

Tarkin bought the farm forever, of course, but Alec appeared in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI in posthumous wraith-form... And in the prequels we had another Hammer Film legend, Christopher Lee as the villainous Count Dooku, which sounds more like a breakfast cereal than character of a space serial... But let's keep our Episode 1-3 abhor to a minimum here since STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is about to enter the galaxy...

Included in a cast of old familiar faces including Harrison Ford's Han Solo, Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker are some young fresh ones... And there's a legendary icon in the mix...

From playing chess with Death in Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL to the title priest in THE EXORCIST to his scene-stealing Ming The Merciless in FLASH GORDON, Sydow can play good guys, bad guys, or tormented fellas that linger somewhere in-between...

But this particular Cult Film Freak is hoping, and praying, that Max isn't some kind of gentle, sweet old Jedi passed off with filler dialogue and flighty wisdom... As a ruthless foe, in whatever form that will take, Max could provide a fantastic turn...

Sure, he's terrific in anything he does, but bad is often better when it comes to veteran acting legends, and a new crop of heroes will need a challenge... So Bring it on, Max, and don't hold back!

By James M. Tate

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