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Russ Says: 'The Twilight Saga' Is This Century's 'Star Wars!'

Tue, September 27, 2011 9:30pm EDT by Russ Weakland 25 Comments
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From werewolves to wookies, there are a ton of similarities between Team Edward and Team Vader!

When I think of the Star Wars franchise, my imagination is taken to a place that few films can ever even wish to get near — and I see the very same thing happening when it comes to Twilight. This is both a good thing and a bad thing…so let me explain. More than 30 years have past since the first Star Wars film premiered and people continue to talk about the film as if it came out yesterday. The series is beyond legendary and has a following like none other, but they are not a guarantee for superstardom for the main players in the cast.

For every Harrison Ford there is a Mark Hamill. And I think 30 years from now the saying will go, for every Robert Pattinson there is a Taylor Lautner. Harrison Ford — who played Han Solo in the Star Wars films — parlayed his talents into films the likes of Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The Fugitive and Patriot Games, to name a few. Robert Pattinson is easily going down that same route of choosing interesting projects like Water For Elephants and Cosmopolis to test his acting chops. Once he takes a few more risks in the action field and in comedy, he will have shown his diverseness and proven he is here to stay.

But as we can see with the recent release of Abduction and its critical backlash and current worldwide box office total of $17 million, Taylor’s chances of becoming a superstar are a far cry from the Tom Cruise comparisons he has been getting the last few weeks. Just like Mark Hamill faded into the background, I predict the same thing will happen to Taylor.

So where does that leave Kristen Stewart? That answer is easy…she’s just like Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia, who is the original Bella, the girl everyone wants and everyone loves. Plus, just like R-Patz has won K-Stew’s heart in real life, Harrison Ford’s character won Carrie Fisher’s character’s heart in the Star Wars films. Carrie Fisher appeared in critically favored films and even has become an established writer. Unfortunately, Carrie also has had substance abuse issues that derailed her career for some time, so we can only hope Kristen Stewart and her cigarette and marijuana enjoyments don’t cause any problems.

Also, it looks like K-Stew, who is next appearing in Snow White & The Huntsman, may take her sexy steel suit worn in the film into the same stratosphere as the metal bikini once worn by Princess Leia and turn it into very successful leading lady roles in the future.

When it comes to the Twilight versus Star Wars comparison, both of these films will be remembered for the good and the bad and the actors will be around forever in various spectrums of stardom. However, I think we can definitely turn to Star Wars history is we’re curious where Twilight will end up in the future.

So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think The Twilight Saga holds a lightsaber to the Star Wars franchise or are my thoughts in a galaxy far, far away? Sound off below!

Russ Weakland