By Adam McCully
Unless you’ve been living in a Sarlacc Pit, you’re aware that a new installment of the Star Wars Franchise is on the horizon. If all goes according to plan – which it rarely does in Hollywood – life long fans and newcomers alike will be treated to the seventh film in the series as early as December 2015. Since the release of the original film – A New Hope – in 1977, the Star Wars universe has grown faster than the Millennium Falcon performing the Kessel Run, inspiring five more films, six animated series, over 100 novels, and yes, even a Christmas Special (a word of caution, viewing the Christmas Special might cause you to lose all hope in humanity). Not to mention the innumerable number of video games, action figures, board games, sex toys, coffee mugs, T-shirts, posters, and gold-bikini lingerie. It’s clear that the Star Wars franchise has taken on a life of its own, and the fans are always hungry for more. With that in mind, here are a few snippets of information, rumors, and speculations about Star Wars: Episode VII.
Directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Cloverfield, Star Trek Into Darkness).
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Harrison Ford (these parentheticals are unnecessary, aren’t they?) have reportedly all signed on for at least Episode VII.
There’s a good chance the story will revolve around the re-building of the Empire, and the Jedi Academy.
Lucas wrote outlines for Episode VII, VIII, and IX back in the ‘80s, and when Disney bought the rights to Star Wars from Lucas the outlines were part of the deal.
Filming will take place in the U.K.
Auditions were held for a 7’ – 7’3” male. No clear indication on what character this actor would be playing was made, but based on the abnormal height, many have speculated this audition was held to fill the role of Chewbacca. Peter Mayhew — the original actor — is interested in reprising his role, but health problems will most likely keep him from doing so.
John Williams will return to compose the score for the film.
Abrams has been pretty tight lipped about the project, but one thing he has made clear is that he wants it to “return to its gritty – space western – roots”. This is good news for fans that felt the prequels focused more on special effects than story, and for all of us who threw up in our mouths after witnessing a CGI Chewbacca.
When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, many die-hard fans cried foul, but let’s take a look at Disney’s track record, shall we? You don’t become one of the most powerful corporations in the world by making a bad product. Disney movies are amazing! And Disney World truly is the most magical place on Earth. Also, umm…Star Wars, plus Disney, equals Star Wars theme park! Imagine a whole theme park where you can traverse the deserts of Tatooine, and grab some blue milk at the Cantina. Where you can explore the inner workings of the Death Star and fly an X-Wing into Cloud City. Honestly, I’ve yet to come up with a downside to this merger, but if think of one you can, write in the comments section you should.Google+