Who needs a lightsaber when you can have a high-powered assault rifle?
Disney is being shot for its upcoming “Star Wars” prequel series, “Endor” featuring an unmodified AK-47.
a full length trailer The 12-episode series dropped on Monday, with fans furious after seeing an unknown character who appears to be a controversial rifle during an action scene.
Longtime lovers of the George Lucas sci-fi franchise say the inclusion of the weapon is unfaithful to the “Star Wars” universe and slammed the “Endor” makers as “lazy.”
It is also likely that gun reform campaigners will be triggered by the appearance of the AK-47 at Disney shows, especially in light of the recent mass shootings.
While “Star Wars” prop teams have frequently used real-life weapons as the basis for fictional combat material featured in the franchise, this appears to be the first time that an unmodified real-life weapon appeared in the “Star Wars” world. There is — and fans are not happy.
“5 seconds into the trailer and you’ve already pissed me off,” One fan freaked out. “The guy’s got the AF-King AK-47! At a Star Wars show! You’re too lazy! You can’t even bother designing a space gun. I’m so tired. Too tired.”
“Tough passes, no aliens and just a regular old AK-47. No creativity. Where does this happen.. Russia or Ukraine? How dumb is that?” Another complained.
“That design is obviously just lazy to have an AK-47 prop. Hell, that guy looks like he’s wearing a jacket and hoodie. These are not Star Wars designs,” The third person raged.
according to website task and purposeGeorge Lucas “attracted real-life struggles” when he began making films in the 1970s.
For example, he reportedly claimed that the rebels, featured in 1977’s “A New Hope”, were inspired by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. At the time, many Vietnamese fighters used AK-47s, but Lucas did not dream of incorporating a real rifle into his film. Instead, he used the gun as the basis by which to construct the fictional a280 blaster rifle, Which was shown a lot in the film.
Task & Purpose is lamenting the lack of imagination in the new “Endor” series, saying that the subtlety and creativity displayed by Lucas now seem to be in short supply.
“It appears that the subtext is now just text,” wrote the site scathingly.
Meanwhile, the inclusion of the AK-47 could prove problematic for Disney, given the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York; Ulvade, Texas; and Highland Park, Illinois.
While none of those mass shootings were carried out with AK-47s, the alleged perpetrators used similar weapons to kill their victims. Last week, in the wake of the violent attacks, the House passed a bill that would ban the sale of assault-style weapons, including the AK-47.
The weapon was first designed in the Soviet Union in the 1940s and became extremely popular around the world in the coming decades. According to britannica, It is “probably the most widely used shoulder weapon in the world.”
The post has reached out to Disney for comment. “Endor” will premiere on Disney+ on September 21.