Has Star Wars: Episode VII's Working Title Been Revealed?

We know who’s in it (basically). We know when it’s coming. The next shoe to drop with regards to Star Wars: Episode VII will be the official subtitle, and that piece of information might have just surfaced.

How does Star Wars: Episode VII – The Ancient Fear grab you?

This is the working title of J.J. Abrams’ in-production Star Wars sequel, according to Ain’t It Cool News. The site quotes a source close to the production, and apparently says that it’s a confirmation of a working title that they have been hearing for a while now. What could The Ancient Fear mean? The source tells AICN:

"It refers to Max Von Sydow's villain, who makes Pazuzu look like a pussy!"

OK, so, if this source is to be believed, then Max von Sydow officially can be penciled in to the villain camp on Star Wars: Episode VII, working alongside Adam Driver to tear down the rebel alliance and restore order to the Dark Side. The "Pazuzu" reference is an out-of-left-field merging of Von Sydow’s cinematic worlds. Instead of being a Star Wars reference, Pazuzu refers to the powerful demon Von Sydow faced down in The Exorcist, a film that came out a few years prior to George Lucas’ original Star Wars film, A New Hope. The power of the Force compels you?

More than likely, this is a misdirection. Films shoot under working titles all of the time, and they rarely have anything to do with the finished film or title. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, for example, filmed under the working title Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination. And that sequel almost went with the subtitle Revenge of the Jedi before making its eventual shift:

But it’s fun to guess about the eventual title, because it might have hidden meanings that those who’ve scoured the corners of the Star Wars EU can connect. I think that J.J. Abrams is going to come up with a bad-ass subtitle, something that resonates with the fanbase on a spiritual level. And truthfully, The Ancient Fear has that impact, particularly if it establishes Max Von Sydow as a threat! Then again, Abrams did go ahead with Star Trek Into Darkness, which I still don’t understand. Anyway, what do you think? Is this the actual working title, or a reach around? If it is, do you like it? And what do you think it could be referencing? Weigh in below!

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