Jar Jar Binks not in latest Star Wars

Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.PHOTO: LUCASFILM LTD

LOS ANGELES • Jar Jar Binks, a goofy amphibious character who irritated many Star Wars fans in the 1999 film The Phantom Menace, will not appear in the new movie The Force Awakens, producer Kathleen Kennedy said on Sunday.

The film-makers have declined to share much about what audiences will see when The Force Awakens opens on Dec 18, but Kennedy did answer a question at a news conference about what is not in the film.

"Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie," she said to applause and cheers.

An online poll of movie fans in 2006 found Binks to be the most annoying film character of all time.

Audiences also would not see any Ewoks, the furry creatures from 1983's Return Of The Jedi, Kennedy said.

"That's because Harrison insisted on it," she joked, referring to Harrison Ford, who returns to play Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

REUTERS

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