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‘Star Wars’ Episode VII Rumors & Updates

With the newest incarnation of the “Star Wars” universe only months away from starting production, news will start to come fast and furious in the coming months. And to keep anyone who might care “in the know” and to occupy my busy mind, I’ve decided to give weekly updates on the project.

First up, it seems a lot of people want to be in this movie. Including, many people from the prequels.

Samuel L. Jackson told Graham Norton on BBC One he would like to return as “Mace Windu” the Jedi Master. The last we saw him he had his hand cut off in Episode III and was unceremoniously sent flying out a window courtesy of Emperor Palpatine and his force lightning.

Palplightning

But did he survive? According to Jackson, hey why not??

“I mean, come on,” Jackson explained. “Jedi fall from incredible heights and a lot of them have lived with one hand… I think I could handle it.”

Um, no. You died. Plus, as good as Jackson has been in other films, he was absolutely horrible in all three of the prequels, stiff and ineffective. Even if Jackson came back as a ghost ala Alec Guiness, this would still be ridiculous. He has no connection to any of the characters in the second trilogy.

DARTH MAUL

Now, to the second actor who wants to be back, Ray Park. He played Darth Maul in Episode I. He also died. Sliced in half by Obi Wan Kenobi. With the idea that clones are possible in the Star Wars Universe, I suppose anyone can come back from the dead. However, as cool as Maul was (the only good thing about Episode I really) to me this would scream money grab and toy sales-driven.

The other two actors that want to come back are Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine). Daniels should be a definite. I can’t see them making a Star Wars movie without C3PO and R2D2. As for McDiarmid, that’s a tough one. It would greatly depend on the direction of the new trilogy would want to go. Create a new super villain or bring back the man who masterminded the empire in the first two trilogies. Again, he died, but creating a someone as bad and evil as him should prove difficult.

Also, revealed this week is a bit of original trilogy mythology. Lucasfilm released this clip of 1978 Boba Fett test shots. It seems to indicate that Fett becoming a cult favorite may have not been quite as coincidental as we’ve been led to believe. The video clearly shows they wanted this character to be a gunslinger of sorts.

A casting call for Episode VII was released a few weeks ago. Here is what it looked like below:

Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.

Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.

A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.

Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.

A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit. 

Forty something male, fit, military type.

As much as I’d like to speculate on who those characters may be, I really have no idea. One thing seems obvious though. This film will most likely have the same type of leads as the original trilogy. The first three could be descriptions of Leia, Luke and Han respectively. Plus, it seems they are pushing to have more young women in this film. One of the biggest knocks on the series has been for its lack of female characters.

That’s it for this week! Until next Friday.

posted by Seth Szilagyi in Star Wars and have No Comments

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