Who cares if Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ is a cash grab?
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That’s the question that kept running through my head while reading Katie Kilkenny’s excellent piece for The Atlantic, “Selling the Soul of Star Wars.” Kilkenny herself seems unsure how to feel as she contextualizes what we know of the new trilogy so far (spearheaded by creative leads JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson). This is what we know so far: the new trilogy will be leaning on practical effects vs. CG (we’ve seen that in both “official” teasers and unofficial leaks) and is bringing back familiar faces while casting Oscar-winning actors who don’t have the star power of your typical summer blockbuster cast.
But there’s a weird dynamic at play here. All of Abrams’s and Johnson’s affection for the original films drive…