In a recent interview Star Wars creator George Lucas was quoted as saying that if the new Star Wars movie sucks that he won’t be responsible. Apparently none of the writing credits will go to Lucas this time. Even though he had written a draft for Episode VII a few years earlier (and subsequently sold it along with his company to Disney), it was not used for Episode VII.
So I guess it’s really official…other than acting as a creative consultant, Lucas has absolutely no input in what happens to his epic space saga. Sadly this is what happens when you sell everything! Mind you, he got married a few years ago so it’s probably no coincidence that he’s living the good life with his younger wife, Melody Hobson and his newly born daughter (2013).
In a way it’s probably a good thing for Mr. Lucas. Just think, he has either written and/or directed every Star Wars film (and rightly so) until now so it may be a nice treat for him. Why? Because when he sees Episode VII in the theatre (likely his own) he will, for the first time, be seeing a Star Wars film that he did not create or have any input in. He finally gets to “watch” !
Rumours have it that Adam Driver will play the role of Jacen Solo (or whatever name they give him), Han and Leia’s son. Daisy Ridley is supposedly playing the role of their daughter Jaina (again whatever name they choose with Solo tacked on at the end).
Apparently they are going to take some of the plot lines from the Expanded Universe novels in where Driver’s character plays a Jedi who is turned to the darkside and it’s Ridley’s character that tries to bring him back to the “good” side. The storyline makes a lot of sense and definitely would bring back some of the old conflicts that were present in previous films…Good versus evil…Dark versus light…Sith Versus Jedi. The intriguing part is that it happens to the offspring of Han & Leia and makes it that much more interesting. It’s also a good way to ensure that, at the very least, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are potentially written off in Episode VII…in the novels, Jacen Solo becomes Darth Caedus and tries to snuff out his parents, deeming them New Republic terrorists.
I would venture to guess that Max von Sydow’s character will play the villain that tempts Driver’s character into becoming a Sith.
On the surface, Adam Driver does look a little bit like a cross between Harrison ford and Carrie Fisher. If this is the plot line that they are taking, which, based on the casting looks to fit, then it should be an interesting story.
Another plot line is that because this Jacen Solo becomes powerful, he pits his power of the Force against what will most assuredly be MASTER Jedi Luke Skywalker. The master being that after 30 years, Luke has become the same or more powerful than Yoda was. This could also be the way the write Mark Hamill out of Episode VII. Luke would potentially fail to beat Darth Caedus….
I speak to the fact that having Harrison ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill be cast for episodes VIII and IX doesn’t make a lot of sense considering Disney has already stated the new films will focus on the children (of the main characters). So, this plot line seems the most feasible
Another unconfirmed yet reliable source has indicated that Episode VII will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. The next films are going to be about Legacy as they will focus on the children of Luke, Han & Leia.
The fact that there is a casting call out for someone to fill the Chewbacca suit leads all of the diehard fans to believe that there will be no continuity (or very little) with the Expanded Universe Novels. The novelization began in 1991 and picked up the story of Luke et al right after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.
Since then there have been dozens of novels written that follow a timeline and ensure that every story is connected to the next, regardless of who wrote the book. The idea was that in order to preserve the characters and the events that unfold after Return of the Jedi, all novelist had to read and incorporate events from previous novels. Essentially this lead to character development that to date has followed the lives and events of the main characters (and some sub characters like Wedge Antilles) for over 45 years.
In these novels (spoiler alert), Chewbacca dies (a heroic death of course). To bring him into Episode VII means Disney is not following the character development that has endured in the novelization of the Star Wars Universe for over 20 years.
So there you have it. Expanded Universe fans are most likely going to be in for a shock and I’m sure there will be a lot of fallout because of it. Personally I will find it difficult to absorb the next storyline presented in Episode VII but I am confident that JJ Abrams will pull it off somehow. If he does, he will have done what Irvin Kershner did with Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back…still touted as the best Star Wars film of all time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
Be very tall that is. Rumour is swirling that there is a casting call for an individual that is 7’2″ – 7’6″ and not too stocky (not thin but not muscular either) for a role in an upcoming as yet untitled feature film being produced by Lucasfilm and Bad Robot (JJ Abrams production company).
Apparently Peter Mayhew, the original and IMHO the only actor to play Chewbacca in 4 of the 6 Star Wars films, is said to be suffering from health issues (legs mostly) and will not be recast as the favorite “walking carpet” in the upcoming Episode VII.
In a way it’s kind of sad. I remember reading an article once about how excited he was to reprise his role as everyone’s favorite co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon in Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Even though the part was very small, George Lucas still considered the aging Englishman as the person to fill the fuzzball suit one more time.
Personally knowing that it won’t be the same actor portraying a character that died a hero’s death in the Yuuzhan Vong War. in the expanded universe novels will be just one more reason why I hope Disney doesn’t destroy Star Wars in favor of capitalism.
Does this mean Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will be the only Star Wars Alumni to be cast in every film? All I can say is: Peter, get well soon! We need you, Chewie!
Other than the recent news that Star Trek reboot director JJ Abrams is signed to direct Episode VII, there hasn’t been too many rumours flying around about the next installment of the Film Franchise.
So far there hasn’t been much more than speculation on what it will be about and who will star in it. Harrison Ford has apparently signed on but there is still no word about Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher. Ironic really because way back when Han Solo didn’t have any grey hair or age spots, Harrison Ford had actually wanted George Lucas to kill off the beloved smuggler scoundrel. Now it seems he’s the only one interested in continuing his character.
I wonder if anyone else has been approached? I’m certain Dave (Darth Vader) Prowse has asked to be a part of it since they passed him over in Revenge of the Sith. Maybe he could play a Wookie instead since Peter (Chewbacca) Mayhew hasn’t been approached yet either. Makes you wonder how Disney can consider reviving the Han Solo character but not Chewbacca.
This leads me , as a super fan, to believe that they may be taking something out of the Expanded Universe after all. For those of you who don’t know, Chewbacca dies a heroic death in the Expanded Universe novels.
Now I am more curious than ever and really don’t know if I can wait until the premiere of Episode VII! The speculation and rumour is killing me!