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Unpopular Jar Jar Binks won’t appear in new Star Wars movie, producer says

Character named as most annoying in 2006 poll of film fans is not the only absentee in The Force Awakens – the furry Ewoks are out too

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 December, 2015, 11:30am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 December, 2015, 5:52pm

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 has revealed.

The filmmakers have declined to share much about what audiences will see when Force Awakens opens in cinemas this month, 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,” Kennedy said to applause and cheers.

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

Audiences of the new film also won’t 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 Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens is the seventh episode in the sci-fi franchise created by George Lucas. Walt Disney Co took over the series when it purchased the Lucasfilm studio in 2012.