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What is the lifespan of a Gungan, how old was Jar Jar in the Episode I–III trilogy, and when does the VII–IX trilogy take place in reference to the I–III trilogy?

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About 65 Galactic years. –  Simon Apr 30 at 12:25
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If I google "lifespan of a Gungan" the first hit says 65 galactic years. So you raised this question here to avoid google finding out that you are interested in star wars? –  Einer Apr 30 at 12:39
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This isn't exactly opinion based. –  Gorchestopher H Apr 30 at 13:01
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Unfortunately, Movie Canon trumps all other canon, so if they decide to bring Jar-Jar back (unlikely), he's coming back whether we like it or not. –  Zibbobz Apr 30 at 15:14
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@Zibbobz only for past stuff. All new materials published from now on are 100% canon. –  phantom42 Apr 30 at 15:35

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Most sites quote the lifespan of a Gungan at ~65 years. The source for this figure seems to be the Ultimate Alien Anthology, which goes into slightly more detail about Gungan age and lifespan:

Age in Years: Child 1–12; young adult 13–15; adult 16–35; middle age 36–54; old 55–64; venerable 65+.

According to his Wookiepedia entry, Jar-Jar was born in 52 BBY. It references Star Wars: Episode I Inside’s Guide, a game which discussed details of the expanded universe, but I haven't found a copy of the original entry in the game.

In March 2014, Disney and Lucasfilm announced a timeline for the VII–IX trilogy:

It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.

Since Return of the Jedi is set in 4 ABY, this puts Episode VII around 34 ABY. This means Jar-Jar would have to be at around 86 at the start of the new trilogy. The ages above don’t put a Gungan living to 86 outside the realms of possibility, but I would think it’s fairly unlikely.

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Fairly unlikely in Jar-Jar's case especially, because he was probably stoned as soon as he went back to Naboo after episode III. –  Xantec Apr 30 at 14:58
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@Xantec You mean in the sense that people threw stones at him? Just wanting to be clear. –  DJClayworth Apr 30 at 17:23
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@DJClayworth That was my original intention. Death by the other kind of stoning would seem too kindhearted. –  Xantec Apr 30 at 17:31
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Jar-Jar will have aged quite a bit and will in fact assume a Yoda-like role in the new trilogy. –  Lèse majesté May 1 at 2:52

1) Their life expectancy is 65 years (Wookiepedia)

2) Approximately 40 years passed between episode 1 and 6. The 7 is supposed to take place at least 20 to 40 years after the episode 6. Jar Jar would need to be a maximum of 5 years old in the episode 1 to be still alive by then.

3) . Lucas said that only C3PO and R2D2 were the characters that would make it through the nine Star Wars films (Wikipédia)

So the answer is probably "no".

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Regarding your third point, that doesn't mean he can't show up in one or two of the next three movies. Also, since Lucas no longer has complete control, his original intentions/visions are not necessarily still applicable. –  phantom42 Apr 30 at 12:35
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@phantom42 Indeed, perhaps that is who Andy Serkis will be portraying. –  Xantec Apr 30 at 13:10
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65 is presumably a life expectancy, not a maximum lifespan. According to his Wookieepedia article, Jar Jar was born in 52 BBY (making him 20 as of episode 1) and Wookieepedia says episode 7 takes place in 34 ABY, so he'd need to be 86. Assuming a similar distribution, the odds of a gungan living to that age would be similar to the odds of a human living to 110, i.e. definitely possible, but really rare. –  Compro01 Apr 30 at 14:28
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Might not even be rare, since life expectancy also factors in lifestyle risks. Accidental death from animal attack is probably rare on the capital city of the empire, while there were big fish around his city IIRC on his homeworld. –  Oldcat Apr 30 at 17:33

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