The Force is back.
After much anticipation, the seventh installment of the Star Wars film series – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – has opened to rave reviews in cinemas around the world. The New York Times said that the film “delivers the thrills, with a touch of humanity.” The new film unites the iconic stars of the original series – Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill – with a new generation of Star Wars actors, including Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.
Meanwhile, in a galaxy closer to home, we’re eagerly counting down the days and hours to kickoff at Super Bowl 50. For most of us, the Super Bowl means memorable commercials as much as it means touchdowns. Advertisers are also already going into overdrive, making sure that everything about their costly 30-second spots is perfect in time for February 7.
It’s surely just a matter of time before the stars of The Force Awakens appear in commercials scripted around their rolls in the movie. We say, why wait?
Imagine what Super Bowl ads starring favorites such as Harrison, Daisy and Carrie might look like:
Harrison Ford for WeatherTech
Harrison Ford is famous for playing Han Solo, the brash, daring, anti-authoritarian captain of the Millennium Falcon starship. A smuggler, Han Solo is initially motivated by money, but he soon joins the rebel forces fighting against the evil galactic empire.
Ford is one of the most successful and enduring Hollywood stars of the last 50 years. Other than the daring Han Solo, he also played Indiana Jones and CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Beyond his exploits on the silver screen, Harrison Ford is a skilled carpenter and an enthusiastic pilot.
One of the most recognizable faces around the world, Ford has advertised beer, automobiles and Conservation International. Plus, he starred in a 2006 Super Bowl teaser spot spoofing on Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
It may not be glamorous, but if anyone can introduce a sense of adventure into buying car mats and side window deflectors, it’s Han Solo.
Mark Hamill Does the Dew
Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, is the innocent, brave, and impulsive hero of the original series. Surviving difficult trials, he discovers that his father is the evil Darth Vader and he struggles on the path to becoming a Jedi Warrior. Then, to add insult to injury, he falls for a beautiful woman that turns out to be his sister. But eventually he prevails and becomes a Jedi Master.
Having survived rigorous Jedi training on the swamp planet of Dagobah under the watchful eye of Master Yoda, a Mountain Dew commercial should be a piece of cake for Hamill. We’d have him star in a remake of this 2012 Mountain Dew Shaolin ad.
Our Favorite PayPal – Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia in the original trilogy and General Leia Organa in The Force Awakens. She is famous for her impassioned speeches in support of the rebels, her verbal sparring matches with her on-screen love interest Han Solo, and last but not not least, her cinnamon bun hairdo. The Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re My Only Hope is one of the iconic scenes of the original trilogy:
Carrie Fisher would be great in a PayPal commercial. Her gentle but passionate voice would strike just the right note with audiences. Just see what she did in this commercial for Orange:
Now imagine Carrie Fisher, cinnamon buns restored, trying to get away from the grotesque Jabba the Hutt, while shopping for family Christmas gifts using the PayPal app. Brilliant, no?
Daisy Ridley Rides off in a Hyundai
The gorgeous and feisty young British actress, Daisy Ridley, is one of the new stars of Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Ridley plays the self-sufficient Rey, a scavenger on the desert planet Jakku.
Ridley is stunning and athletic looking, a total advertiser’s dream. We’d have her star in a remake of Hyundai’s 2012 Super Bowl commercial, “Cheetah.”
In our version, the heroine would outsmart the cheetah, steal the car and race to a cinema near you.
Adam Driver in a Kia
Tall, handsome Adam Driver is also one of the young stars of The Force Awakens. He plays Kylo Ren, the dark warrior who is dangerous and unpredictable.
Kia Motors is making a return to the Super Bowl this year. Remember their 2014 Kia Super Bowl Commercial starring Laurence Fishburne (AKA, Morpheus from the Matrix)?
With his striking looks and sense of menace, Adam Driver would be the perfect pick for an even darker backseat passenger for Kia’s Super Bowl 50 ad.
C-3PO’s Intergalactic Guide to Websites
Last on our list of the Star Wars actors we’re dying to see in a Super Bowl ad is Anthony Daniels, better known as C-3PO. The fumbling but highly articulate humanoid robot is fluent in over six million forms of communication and rarely seen without his metallic counterpart, R2-D2.
Website builder Wix is returning to the Super Bowl this year. Last year’s commercial, #It’sThatEasy, featured five retired NFL players starting up their own businesses with a little help from Wix.
We’d have Wix develop a Super Bowl commercial starring C-3PO as an intergalactic guide to building great websites in multiple languages.
There you have it: Our Star Wars inspired Super Bowl commercial lineup. We think that audiences will go crazy if we add a touch of a galaxy far far away during those commercial breaks.
May the force be with us all on Feb 7!