Star Wars: Episode 7 - What We Know So Far
In 2005 it looked like the Star Wars saga was officially over. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox released Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which completed the prequels and tied the story back to the original trilogy. It was done, finished, kaput, and ended.
But then along came Disney. In October 2012 the studio brokered a $4.05 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, and with the deal came the announcement that they would be starting production on a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that would keep the epic story going for years and years to come. Naturally, fanboys started to foam at the mouth with anticipation. What would the new movies be about? Would they bring back classic characters or merely focus on new ones? Would there be new stories set outside of the trilogy?
Thanks to all of these questions, we here at Cinema Blend have been sorting through all of the rumors trying to sort out exactly what we know about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, and just like weíve done for both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs. Superman weíve constructed a handy guide to help sort out all of the facts and fictions. Read on below for the latest info!
The DirectorIt always helps to get things rolling with factual reports instead of rumors, so letís start at the top, shall we? Though he initially declined the job, J.J. Abrams will not only be the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, but also one of the co-writers (working alongside Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan. Production will begin later this year, as Disney has revealed that the film will be in theaters on December 18, 2015 (making it the first in the franchise not to have a summer release date).
The ScreenplayOscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt was one of the first people to be hired to work on Star Wars: Episode VII, signing a deal to pen the script for the film only about a week after the film was first announced. But not only is he now gone, it would appear that his script in the hands of Abrams and Kasdan has changed quite a bit. According to reports, Arndtís original screenplay largely followed the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Soloís offspring, but since Abrams and Kasdan have taken over they have switched the focus of the story to be more on the original trilogy characters. Whether or not those reports are accurate we donít know, but what has been confirmed is that the screenplay has been finished.
Luke SkywalkerSince Star Wars Episode VII was announced, every fan has asked the same question: "Does this mean weíll see the return of Luke Skywalker?" And while Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to say anything concrete on the matter, evidence suggests that the answer could be yes. Not only do we have the reports about a more Luke-Leia-Han centered screenplay, Mark Hamill has confirmed in interviews that he actually met with George Lucas about the new trilogy prior to the contracts being signed, and he has even offered up his own speculation about where the story will go, suggesting that Luke could end up being an influential character like Obi-Wan Kenobi. Carrie Fisher has evidently confirmed that she, Hamill and Harrison Ford will be back for the sequel, but itís probably best not to believe anything until itís printed in a press release from the studio.
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