Shatner, Billy Dee Williams Talk Hot Wookiee Love With J.J. Abrams on ‘Kimmel’

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

If some fans have their way (some of them famous), the 'Star Wars' universe is going to get a whole lot sexier in Episode VII … especially if you're a wookiee.

Well, not really, but when writer and director J.J. Abrams stopped by to talk up "Star Trek: Into Darkness" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night, he got some unsolicited advice on his upcoming "Star Wars" reboot that had the audience howling with laughter. Check it out:

After talking about "Into Darkness," Kimmel asked Abrams about the status of the eagerly awaited "Star Wars" movie. Abrams replied, "We're working on the story, we just don't want to screw it up. We're trying to figure it out right now … we're sort of having a little bit of writer's block trying to figure it out. But we'll get through it."

"I'm glad you said that, because I hope you're open to this," Kimmel replied. "Some members of the audience have ideas. They’re fans of yours, they’re fans of 'Star Wars,' and I wonder if you’d be willing to hear them."

After Abrams warily replied, "Maybe," the microphone was handed to a tall, nervous-looking guy dressed like Obi-Wan Kenobi and carrying a toy lightsaber. "You know Luke Skywalker?" he asked. "You should have a part in the movie where he uses a lightsaber to fight people. That would be really cool."

Abrams answered, "All right. I'll think about that."

The man with the lightsaber continued, "Also? Um …Princess Leia and Chewbacca should totally do it."

As Abrams incredulously shouted "What?!" and the audience roared with laughter, the guy declared, "It's what the fans want to see!"

The fan then turned the microphone over to another spectator, an overweight gentleman wearing an approximation of Princess Leia's Slave Girl costume. "Hi, I just wanna say I agree with that guy," Mr. Slave Girl said with enthusiasm. "Leia and Chewie NEED to do it!"

Kimmel turned to Abrams and said, "There's a lot of enthusiasm about this particular plot point … It's important to listen to the hard core fans!"

Things got even more interesting when the camera cut to the next audience member with some helpful ideas … who was Billy Dee Williams, looking and sounding as smooth as ever. "Well, I've got an idea," Williams said. "The next 'Star Wars' – nothing but Lando!" As the audience gave their approval, Williams continued, "Two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love, SWEET love, in the galaxy."

Abrams asked, "Is that it?"

Williams, with a sly grin, answered, "Of course. What else do you need?"

Kimmel then passed the microphone to one final audience member, who removed his hat to reveal he was none other than … William Shatner! As the crowd went wild, Shatner said, "Ya know, this Han Solo and the Lando thing?" Shanter shook his head in disapproval, and said, "Captain Kirk! No rules, no search, road trip of a lifetime!"

Abrams, with a big grin, said, "That actually sounds pretty great!"

"Yes it is, because I wrote it!" Shatner replied. "But I agree with those weird people – that Leia and Chewie should do it! They should DO IT, J.J,!"

But that's not all … Shatner then produced a drawing of Leia and Chewbacca in a compromising position, and handed it to the audience, shouting, "Hot stuff, man! Hot stuff! Boxoffice!"

Before hot wookiee love became the main topic of conversation, Abrams talked about his childhood exploring the back lots at Paramount Studios, where his father worked as a producer, and sneaking into rehearsals of "Mork & Mindy" where he got to hear Robin Williams swearing a blue streak as he went off script. He also shared a story about a meeting between William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Lucille Ball; Lucy's company Desilu produced the original series, and Lucy once apologized to Shatner and Nimoy over lunch after power was cut to the 'Star Trek' set when a day's shoot went into overtime. Presumably Abrams didn't have such problems with Paramount while making "Into Darkness."

Chewbacca has yet to weigh in on his possible new relationship with Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VII." But in April, Carrie Fisher spoke at the Calgary Comic Expo, and when asked how she felt about hugging Chewie, she replied, "Hugging is good no matter what part of the galaxy you are in. I recommend it with wookiees and without." Perhaps if hugging was accompanied by a few glasses of wine and some Marvin Gaye albums … well, we'll let your imagination do the rest.

"Star Trek: Into Darkness" opens in theaters on Friday.