Who needs a lightsaber when you can have a powerful assault rifle?
Disney is shot for featuring what appears to be an unmodified AK-47 in its upcoming “Star Wars” prequel series, “Andor.”
A full length trailer for the 12-episode series dropped on Monday, with fans furious after noticing an unnamed character wielding what appears to be the controversial rifle during an action scene.
Longtime lovers of the sci-fi franchise George Lucas say the weapon’s inclusion is unfaithful to the “Star Wars” universe and called the “Andor” producers “lazy.”
It’s also likely that gun reform activists will be triggered by the appearance of an AK-47 on a Disney show, especially in light of the recent mass shootings.
While “Star Wars” prop teams have frequently used real weapons as the basis for fictional ammunition featured in the franchise, this appears to be the first time an actual, unmodified weapon has appeared in the “Star Wars” world – and the fans are not happy.
“5 seconds into the trailer and you’ve already pissed me off,” a fan raged. “The guy has a fucking AK-47! IN A STAR WARS SHOW! YOU ARE SO LAZY! You couldn’t be bothered to design a space gun. I’m so tired. So tired.
“Difficult pass, no aliens and just a regular old AK-47. No creativity. Where is it… Russia or Ukraine? How stupid, ” another complained.
“This design clearly being an AK-47 prop, that’s just lazy. Hell, the guy looks like he’s wearing a jacket and a hoodie. These aren’t Star Wars designs,” a third person fumed.
According to the website Task and objectiveGeorge Lucas “was inspired by real-life conflict” when he started making films in the 1970s.
For example, he claimed that the Rebels, featured in “A New Hope” in 1977, were inspired by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. At the time, many Viet Cong fighters used AK-47s, but Lucas did not consider including the real rifle in his film. Instead, he used the gun as the basis for creating the fiction A280 blaster rifle, who was famous in the movie.
Task & Purpose laments the apparent lack of imagination in the new “Andor” series, saying the nuance and creativity displayed by Lucas now seem to be lacking.
“It seems subtext is just text now,” the site wrote bitterly.
Meanwhile, the inclusion of the AK-47 could prove problematic for Disney given the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York; Ulvade, Texas; and Highland Park, Ill.
Although none of these mass shootings were carried out with an AK-47, the alleged perpetrators used similar weapons to slaughter their victims. Last week, following the violent attacks, the House passed a bill banning the sale of assault-type weapons, including the AK-47.
The weapon was first designed in the Soviet Union in the 1940s and became extremely popular around the world over the following decades. According British, it is “probably the most widely used long gun in the world”.
The Post has reached out to Disney for comment. “Andor” will premiere on Disney+ on September 21.