John Ary here with a few thoughts about Episode VII.
As a 34 year old fan of the original trilogy, I hold a cautious optimism that the new film will indeed not suck. Several of the non-Lucas Star Wars projects in the last few years have gone a long way in repairing some of the damage done by the prequels.
When you look at the work done on The Clone Wars animated series, a few of the video game projects including the upcoming Star Wars 1313, and various installments of the expanded universe in literature and comics, you'll find some great stories and characters that could also work well in a cinematic sense. As someone who patiently awaits a new installment of the series, I have compiled a short list of characters that I would love to see brought to life on the big screen.