JJ Abrams considered killing ‘Star Wars” Jar Jar Binks

May 7, 2015

JJ Abrams, director of this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has admitted considered killing off one of the sci-fi franchise’s most controversial characters.

jarjarbinks_1Jar Jar Binks, a clumsy, bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo, made his debut in 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, playing a significant part in George Lucas’s first Star Wars prequel film. Though Binks was presumably designed to add light relief, he proved hugely unpopular with Star Wars fans and some critics even accused the character of being a racial caricature. Binks later appeared in smaller roles in 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

Talking to Vanity Fair, Abrams pointed to a framed still from The Force Awakens and said: “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18 this year and takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. All plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.