I would like it to be known that the sole purpose for this thread is for hypothetical discussion. Nothing serious about this, so you could see the word IF used around here a lot. I am not supporting a remake, its just a thought of IF it happened, what would you like to see?
Anyways that being said, it was another Star Wars reference in an episode of Family Guy that inspired this thought. (The one with Billy Dee Williams & the "cool side of the pillow.") Now I don't think episodes 4 through 6 should be remade, ever. Some might want to see 1 through 3 be re-done, but that's another separate topic for discussion. But the question & discussion for this thread that I came up with proposes an interesting topic or question. IF Episodes 4 through 6 came out today during this generation of films, if these characters were to be invented in this era, of today's stars who would you like to see cast in their roles? Now, I don't think anyone can replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo. He owned that character. Just like to me no one can fill in for Liam Neeson as Qui Gonn, or Ewan McGregor as the younger Obi Wan Kenobi. They owned those roles and I can't picture anyone else filling them. Maybe in 20 years I could with another generation of stars. Just not now. That's not to say that I cannot picture a new Han Solo, Princess Leia, or Lando Calrissian. Though Ford owned that character, IF the films came out today, I could picture say...... Liam or Chris Hemsworth as Han Solo. (I'd say Chris Pine too, but he's already in another JJ franchise remake.)
As for Leia, the only one I can picture to play her might be Amy Adams. Though she's more of a redhead, I can still picture her as a brunette. For her brother Luke, if New Hope was made today, they'd need a fresh faced kid to fill that role. For now, the only one that comes to mind would be Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games). And lastly, the thought that inspired this whole thing, who would be good to play Lando? Of all the actors around today, one that comes to mind with a similar level of "coolness" but not too flashy, would be Don Cheadle. He can still pull off that smooth cool but still throw out a one liner or two to bring the same humor to the role. I liked him in the Oceans movies, as well as Crash and the 2nd & 3rd Iron Man films.
Feel free to offer any other thoughts as well as any other characters. I still don't consider the prequel trilogy as part of the discussion because they're too recent, having been out in the last 10 years. The original trilogy came out 30+ years ago. So please add your thoughts & opinions to this new discussion. Its not that we want a remake of them, its only IF they did and who you'd like to see in the role. Because we can't even begin to dream about who for what roles for the next film. Since we don't know what story lines they will focus on. And with the secretive Abrams at the helm, we probably won't know till the film is near its release.