May 14, 2014 – Actor Denis Lawson, who played X-Wing fighter pilot and Rebel leader Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983), has declined the opportunity to reprise his role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
The Scottish-born actor and director told an interviewer that filmmakers had approached him about reprising his role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII (release date: December 18, 2015). But he turned them down. “I’m not going to do that,” Lawson told the U.K.’s The Courier when the subject of “Star Wars” was broached. “They asked me but it just would have bored me.”
Lawson is Ewan McGregor‘s uncle, who played the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Lawson had previously said he would only be interested in a larger role. In the post-trilogy Expanded Universe, Wedge Antilles did in fact take on leadership positions. He commanded elite Rogue and Wraith Squadrons, helped Death Star engineer Qwi Xux regain her memory, solved the bacta crisis, played an important role in beating back the Yuuzhan Vong menace, and fought for Corellia for a time against the increasingly authoritarian Galactic Alliance. However, the Walt Disney Co. has essentially nixed the Expanded Universe and, in an attempt to re-order the Star Wars universe, placed these storylines under the title of “legends” and made them non-canon. In short, actor Denis Lawson would have had only a supporting role consistent with his role in the original trilogy.