STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - What We Know So Far

Facts, rumors, and fiction regarding the upcoming Star Wars film that we have heard, read and seen so far for one of the most anticipated movie coming soon.

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By LEVITIKUZ - 11/14/2012


If I could describe Disney not only buying LucasFilm but buying them and announcing they will make a new Star Wars trilogy in one word, it would be jaw-dropping. No one expected this to happen ever. Ever since the news it’s been hard to keep up on what news is fact, fiction, true or bull. Since the deal here is what we know so far about Star Wars: Episode VII.

Who Has Responded To the Possibility Of Directing It?


Colin Trevorrow Is Rumored To Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII




Recently Trevorrow has been rumored to direct the new trilogy. On the podcast Filmmixern.se, Trevorrow is questioned about the rumors. He refuses to talk in detail about the rumors, but goes on to talk about how he's a Star Wars fan and is as excited about the new movie as others

"I have very little to say about it," says Trevorrow. "Certainly, no specifics about what's going on behind the scenes in the selection of that person [a director]. I think that I can speak as a Star Wars fan, which is important to me. Whoever does do this movie, I think, just needs to have a fundamental understanding of why it's important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us it's almost a belief system. It's harder for people who are older or who were already teenagers when the movie came out to understand how deeply it is our mythology. And there are a bunch of incredible directors who are up for this job… I think whoever gets it will have that fundamental understanding of why Star Wars matters so much to a billion people. It's just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!"

Guillermo Del Toro Says No




Recently Del Toro was speaking with Fanhattan Blog, and was asked about the possibility of directing Star Wars: Episode VII. He says that helming a Star Wars film is something he doesn't think about and hasn’t been approached.

"You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with. If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things."


Jon Favreau Is Open To Directing The New STAR WARS




We haven’t had a lot of people who has shown interest in directing the new Star Wars but Jon Favreau is open to the idea of directing it.

"I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see."


J.J. Abrams Says No




A strong fan favorite, J.J. Abrams was asked by Hollywood Life if he would direct the new Star Wars films. Abrams said no that it was more likely he will see the films as a fan then direct them.

"Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time," said Abrams. "I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"


Matthew Vaughn Is Rumored To Direct STAR WARS EPISODE 7




Collider reported that Matthew Vaughn is rumored to direct the upcoming movie.

I’m hearing that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake, and X-Men: First Class, is in talks with Lucasfilm to helm Star Wars: Episode VII. My sources tell me this is the main reason he dropped out of the X-Men sequel (which Bryan Singer is now directing).


Quentin Tarantino Is Not Interested In Directing STAR WARS




Entertainment Weekly asked Tarantino if he was interested in directing the new Star Wars and he shot it down.

I could so care less. No, sorry. Especially if Disney’s going to do it. I’m not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars.


Steven Spielberg Said No




Recently Spielberg was asked if he would direct the new Star Wars films. He said no mostly out of respect for George.

"I've asked [Lucas]. He won't let me do one. I wanted to do one 15 years ago, and he didn't want me to do it. I understand why - Star Wars is George's baby. It's his cottage industry and it's his fingerprints. He knows I've got Jurassic Park and Raiders. But George has Star Wars and I don't think he feels inclined to share any of it with me. No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.”


Zack Snyder Said No




Zack was recently asked by the LA Times if he would direct the new Star Wars trilogy. Zack said he isn’t interested in directing it.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in directing it. I’m a huge ‘Star Wars’ fanatic. I just think doing episodes seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.”


Who Will Be Writing The New Trilogy?


Michael Arndt Will Write The New STAR WARS Trilogy




It has been reported that the Academy Award winning writer Michael Arndt, who worked on Little Miss Sunshine and Pixar's Toy Story 3 will write the new Star Wars trilogy. Ardnt has written a 40 to 50 page treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII, and will likely pen a draft. Sources tell the site that the studio wants to bring back the original Star Wars trilogy's three protagonists: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). While no deals are in place for the original actors to return, there are reportedly "high ambitions" to sign Hamill; and recently, Ford and Fisher expressed interest in reprising their roles.

If you want my opinion, I think this is a great pick and here’s why. The last Toy Story movie before 3 came out in 99. Toy Story 3 came out in 2010. He wrote a franchise that was 11 years and made it relevant and relatable to people (like me) who grew up watching Toy Story as a kid and made it relevant and relatable to kids nowadays. If he can do that with Star Wars, make it great for long time fans while making it easy for newer fans to get introduced then it will be great.

Who Will Star In The New STAR WARS Trilogy?


No Word Yet On If Billy Dee Williams Will Returned




There has been nothing on if Billy Dee Williams will return as Lando in the new trilogy. Personally I hope he does and hope Lando is in it.

Carrie Fisher Said She Would Return As Leia If She Is Offered The Role




TMZ asked Carrie Fisher if she would be interested in playing Princess Leia in the new Star Wars films and Carrie had this to say.

”Yes. Sure. Wouldn't you”


Harrison Ford Wouldn’t Mind Playing Han Solo Once More




Entertainment Weekly reported that Harrison Ford is open to playing Han Solo once again. It was reported that,

Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.


While Ford has said playing Han Solo isn’t something he enjoyed mainly because he wanted Han to die in Return of the Jedi, the fact that he is interested in returning is great news.

Jeremy Bulloch Would Love To Return As Boba Fett In STAR WARS: EPISODE VII




Unleash The Fanboy interviewed Jeremy on the possible if he would return to play Boba Fett in the upcoming Star Wars films and Bulloch had this to say.

It would be lovely to see Boba Fett back! The technology now exists to make his jet pack even more realistic and exciting. I'm sure if Boba Fett were to return they would go with someone younger, but I’m still fit and can jump around. I’d love to be involved in some way, maybe a cameo as an ageing Bounty Hunter in the corner somewhere."


Mark Hamill Will Return




Mark Hamill has shown strong interest in returning as Luke Skywalker for one more good. Upon news of a new trilogy, Mark had this to say.

“I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories.

“But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.”


Darth Vader Is Rumored To Return From The Death




Let me say that again, Vader is rumored to return. Rumored. This is something that is set in stone and will happen. After hearing about the news, fanboys screamed foul. It has been said they are thinking of including Vader in the new trilogy.

“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films. This is science fiction remember, Darth Vader will rise from the ashes.”


That is so far all we know about the new trilogy. What do you think so far? Do you like how this is going or do you think the ship is sinking? Comment below. Peace.
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TheBeard - 11/14/2012, 12:23 PM
Vader died to save his son, killed the emperor and redemed himself in the process. LEAVE HIM DEAD!!!
Preston - 11/14/2012, 12:53 PM

"No... No... It’s not my genre... It’s my best friend George’s genre.”



In other words, "It's up to George Lucas (not me)."

Steven

^^^ Make it happen.
captainireland - 11/14/2012, 1:20 PM
Setting aside the fact Boba Fett is dead (I know he returned in the EU), surely if he were to return to the big screen then Tamuera Morrison and not Jermemy Bulloch would have to play given the fact he's a clone. Although, while I know how much of a fan favourite Fett is, I don't know if he was important enough in the films to warrant focusing a subplot on his escape from the Sarlaac in any new movie. Unless it was a spinoff focusing on him. And talking of Tamuera Morrison, given he played the original clone template, I'm surprised no one has asked him if he'd return. I'm also surprised no one has asked Hayden Christensen if he'd return as Anakin's ghost or that there's been no speculation on Yoda's return in the same capacity. Or that no one's asked Ewan McGregor or Liam Neeson for that matter. Granted, it would be odd if Obi-Wan's ghost was suddenly his younger self and I'm not saying any of these characters returning is necessarily a good or bad idea, just that I'm surprised that no one has asked the actors who played them about their thoughts on returning when actors such as Jimmy Smits who played less iconic characters have been asked their thoughts. I'm glad this article mentioned Lando though. If the new film is to feature Luke, Han and Leia in a major capacity then it should feature Lando and Chewie too.
captainireland - 11/14/2012, 3:10 PM
@SotoJuiceMan

The novel "Sar Wars: Darth Plagueis" details Palpatine's early life and origins. Or if you don't want to read the novel, check out Palpatine's biography on Wookieepedia:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Palpatine
BetaRay28 - 11/14/2012, 9:59 PM
No way to Tarantino and Spielberg and Snyder said no so that leaves Favreau and maybe some unknown Director and I would think the cast would be happy to come back and if Disney does like they did with Avengers and the individual Marvel movies fans should be happy but if they do what Lucas did and tell the story people don't want to see(episode 1,2&3) people will turn away and it will be the end for Star Wars
AnungUnRama - 11/15/2012, 10:24 AM
I second captainireland@ comment.

I was thinking pretty much the same. Especially about the Boba Fett Jermemy Bulloch vs. Tamuera Morrison thing. They even replaced Bulloch's voice by Morrison's in recent home video releases. So no way they ever asked Bulloch to reprise his role IF the character would return.

And right, what about the other characters like C3PO's Anthony Daniels who considering that he was in all of the six movies and that age issues aren't really a problem with his character as he wears a mask, is the most likely to return as well as the least complicated. Similar with Chewbacca's Peter Mayhew. Weren’t there rumors that Mayhew signed a 4 picture deal when he reprised his role for E3 anyway? So why haven't we heard of them?
TheHawkWithin - 11/15/2012, 1:09 PM
I hope they get rid of the Sith rule of two. It would be way more epic if there were like 10 Jedi vs. 10 Sith.
gonzoguy78 - 12/12/2012, 8:13 AM
Well the one thing no one has mentioned it that the first movie Star Wars was made over thirty years ago and the new story line will have to reflect that if the original characters return. If that is the case then Han and Leia have kids so does Luke if you fallow the books not to give too much away for those who don't read the books. My point is if the original cast returns you have to jump forward in the time line and you skip over a lot of stuff or land in the middle of a lot of stuff. For those wow read the books you know what I mean. Does anyone have any thoughts or comments about that?

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