Why Luke Skywalker May Be The Obi-Wan Of Star Wars 7

All the way back in early 2013 - long before any kind of official statements were made about the Star Wars: Episode VII cast or plot - Mark Hamill pitched what he would like to see from Luke Skywalker in J.J. Abrams' new movie. While he had not yet met with producer Kathleen Kennedy or then-Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt, the actor suggested that that the Jedi could move into the "Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character" who plays an important role while making way for the younger generation. If new rumors are to be believed - and that's a pretty big "if" - then it looks like star may actually be getting his wish.

JediNews has gotten hold of a scoop from an anonymous source claiming to have inside knowledge about what's going on with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII, and it suggesters that the other rumors we've heard so far are a mix of truths and miscommunications. According to the tipster, the story does begin with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega discovering some kind of big plot device, but - contrary to other reports- they don't immediately start trying to find Luke as a result. Instead, they try to solve the problems all by themselves, but their impetuousness soon leads them to be extremely out of their depth. It is only at this point that they seek out Luke for guidance, and the legendary Jedi presumably helps them out of the serious jam they have found themselves in.

Before you start slurping down all of the Kool-Aid that this story has to offer, it should be noted that there are just a few things off about this report. For starters, JediNews itself does a good job casting a shadow of a doubt over this story, saying that they aren't sure about the validity of the story and noting that there were a number of "grammatical errors" in the email that was sent to them. Perhaps more importantly, though, the source of the original Star Wars:Episode VII plot rumors has a rather strong track record, while this contrary report seems flimsy at best.

Star Wars: Episode VII is based on a screenplay by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, and is still filming at Pinewood Studios in England. Joining Hamill from the original Star Wars cast will be Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker; and Ridley and Boyega will be surrounded by fellow franchise newcomers with Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Gwendoline Christie, Greg Grunberg and Max von Sydow all part of the cast as well. It won't be long until the movie is in post-production and on its way to a theater near your on December 18, 2015.

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