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One of the first things that we learned about the new trilogy of Star Wars films when it was announced back in October 2012 was that the story would not be based on author Timothy Zahn's series of books called The Thrawn Trilogy. While many fans have accepted the novels as canon post-Return of the Jedi, it's been reported that J.J. Abrams and his team are going in a new direction and re-writing history with Star Wars: Episode VII. But just because the film won't be based on the books precisely doesn't mean that we may not still see certain elements show up in the film.
StarWars7News.com (via our sci-sfi sister site GiantFreakinRobot) has picked up a story from an anonymous source who claims that the character's of Star Wars' expanded universe will serve as inspiration of sorts for the new original ones in Episode VII. The source specifically points to four of the characters closest to the Skywalker/Solo clan: Luke's wife, and Han, Luke and Leia's children. They write,
Right now they’re looking at using the basic descriptions of EU characters with different names. Luke’s wife will follow the same template as Shira Brie/Mara Jade. Red hair, Green eyes, attitude etc.
While this is an interesting rumor, I'm not really sure if anyone should buy it. It seems like of half-assed and stupid to borrow character models and change their names, especially if you're saying that the production is going to be 100% original. Also, if this is the method they are going with, then why change the character's names in the first place? Wouldn't it be a lot cooler for Star Wars fans to see Mara Jade on the big screen instead of just a woman who looks and acts just like her with another name? When you break it down, this story doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
It shouldn't be too long before we are able to finally escape this sea of rumors and actually start hearing some cold-hard facts about what we can expect to see in Star Wars: Episode VII. Production is scheduled to start up this spring in England, so the next few months should hopefully be filled with official casting reports, character blurbs, and - if we're lucky - maybe even a logline. Stay tuned!