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Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving And Girls' Adam Driver Feature In New Star Wars Rumours
And the focus of the script may have shifted...

12 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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As the Bantha-sized shoot for Star Wars: Episode VII romps ever closer, more and more names are being rumoured as torch-bearer J.J. Abrams meets with just about every actor short of the Nag End On Sea panto troupe. Just a couple of days ago, Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons was ruymoured for a role and now the list has gotten even longer, with Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Girls’ Adam Driver mentioned in the mix.

Naturally, here we must caution you to sound the Star Wars Rumour Alert Klaxon at room-shaking volume, because while writer/producer/director Abrams has met with approximately 73 million actors (rough estimate) including the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan and Jack O’Connell, no one has been confirmed and several have even said they’re no longer in the running. And of course, Disney and Lucasfilm are playing coy until official announcements are made.

But even more intriguing in the Hollywood Reporter’s story is the apparent shift in storytelling focus for the film, with Bothan spies using their last gasps to report that the reason Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan took over script duties from Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt was over a difference of opinion, with Arndt gearing the story towards the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Abrams preferring to see the classic trilogy characters front and centre for Episode VII before the kids take over for future films in a passing-the-lightsaber-style kick-off.

We’ll probably get little confirmation of the musical chairs nature of the script at least until the film is out, but it’s fascinating to speculate how the Star Wars universe is evolving. The finished product, starring R2D2 and whoever ends up making the final cut, will arrive on December 18, 2015.


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Abrams can prefer what he likes ...
... if Episode VII turns out to be 'Kingdom of the Crystal Lightsaber' I'm not going to pay to watch it. End of! More

Posted by Nicky C at 15:32 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Wouldn't have been good to have the old school characters in some Jedi academy teaching newbies. Then within the first thirty minutes there are various attacks on the academy killing off the old ones and leaving only the rookies to work out what's going on and maybe there was an attack from within too that they've got to work out? And in relation to big names, wasn't Alex Guniness the only 'name' in the first film. Do we really need lots of names in this one? More

Posted by LustForLeith at 12:44 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Sounds a lot like the plot to Spy Kids. How about Luke goes back in time to prevent Anakin from going to the dark side but fails and ends up killing the Emperor? Cue alternative universe with Anakin and Luke as the leaders of the empire... More

Posted by Kavandclay at 10:35 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Dammit! Arndt's idea was OBVIOUSLY the better one. If Episode VII centers around the unfit, drunk, & sleepy "Big Three", it will REALLY suck. Quite pleased if Fassbender & Weaving make the cut tho. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:45 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Hmm, well given Harrison Ford looks half-asleep whatever he's doing these days...I think that Arndt's idea was probably the better one. Don't use the has-beens too much please! Don't want to get too cute with the references etc., better to dive into new stuff as soon as possible, while people are hyped up about the return of Star Wars. More

Posted by sifter132 at 21:10 on 12 January 2014 | Report This Post


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