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Joss Whedon has discussed his hopes for the new Star Wars films.
The director has said that he would have been interested in the job of directing Star Wars: Episode VII, had his commitments to The Avengers 2 not taken him out of the running.
Asked by Digital Spy which original series characters he would want to see return in the new films, Whedon said that he would take a different approach.
"You know, I wouldn't go back, I'd go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did," he explained.
Whedon also discussed the rumours that Lucasfilm and Disney may be looking to recast the role of Han Solo with a younger actor for a potential standalone film.
Digital Spy readers recently voted for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as their favourite to replace Harrison Ford in the role of Han Solo.
Whedon's next film Much Ado About Nothing will be released in the UK on June 14.
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