Star Wars rumour and news round-up

News Simon Brew 18 Feb 2013 - 06:40
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Harrison Ford, Ewan McGregor, John Williams and more, in our latest Star Wars round-up...

Inevitably, the Star Wars wheel of rumours is showing little sign of slowing up, as Michael Arndt works on the screenplay for Episode VII, which JJ Abrams is set to direct. So, here's our latest round-up of what's being said.

Let's start with Harrison Ford. At the very end of last week, there was a flurry of excitement, as it was being reported in some quarters that he'd signed up to reprise the role of Han Solo in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The source of the story was Latino Review, whose track record is strong, and it broke the news that Harrison Ford is set to return.

Since that initial story broke though, Entertainment Weekly's reporter Geoff Boucher has both suggested that the return of Ford is going to happen, but that it's not been confirmed yet. "It will not be for weeks and perhaps months" he Tweeted.

Meanwhile, the mighty John Williams has expressed his interest in returning to score the new Star Wars films. "Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes, and years later another trilogy. Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016… so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George", he told the audience last week. Full details are here.

Next? Well, Ewan McGregor, on the publicity trail for Bryan Singer's incoming Jack The Giant Slayer, has confirmed that he'd be interested in doing another Star Wars film, even though he does note that it'd probably have to be set between Episode III and Episode IV (which isn't the current plan). But whether Obi-Wan gets his own movie or not, McGregor is interested. "I'd be up for it", he told MTV.

Finally, Showbiz 411 is reporting that the focus of Episode VII will be on the children of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. It also suggests that R2D2 and C-3PO will return, and be unchanged.

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"The focus of Episode VII will be on the children of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker."
Sigh this film doesn't need to happen also say good bye to the expanded universe!

Surprised Ewan McGregor has stated an interest after spending the years since ROTS slagging off the series whenever someone stuck a mic in his face, saying how it was boring to make using blue & green screens etc etc - bit skint are we Ewan?!

The expanded universe relied on the fact that it seemed unlikely that 7-9 would never happen and just like any related fiction is more likely to remain untouched when filling in the gaps between existing canon (in this case the films) rather than positing where the storyline would go next.

Who knows though, some elements may well survive.

Unless Ewan McGregor worked for free on Jack the Giant Slayer and The Impossible then I doubt very much that its purely about the cash.

Yeah, Ewan McGregor didn't like the prequels. Just like everyone else in the world. Now we've got a decent director in the chair and the franchise looks like it could be good again he might just be interested in being part of a GOOD Star Wars movie.

Isn't this possibly just a case of the man being polite when asked a question? Or he might have more faith in something with a better director that he might have a bigger say in, if he's the lead actor.

Either way if it happened you'd have to tell the story of how he got away and ended up as a recluse, with him settling in the desert as the final shot of the film.

The promise of more money has a way of lightening up a person.

Exactly...all he has done is complain about how crap it was, when he was in it. On the DvDs etc he raves about how great it was, in all the extras etc. Then the minute he is out the door, and no longer promoting the films, he rips it to pieces.

Fair play to him, they are terrible films, and I would be ashamed to be in them. However he did a good job with Obi Wan. I really thought he did. Especially in Revenge of the Sith. He was about the only person in it worth watching apart from Ian Mcdiarmid.
It would be nice to see him as Obi Wan again, maybe as the ghost Obi Wan etc....

I would like to see Han taking on the Obiwan role of the wise old dude who ends up sacrificing himself for the new characters. I would love to see him and a grey haired Chewbacca being grumpy old men together!

I'm terrified that Disney are going to turn this into an early teen adventure movie, with a 15 year old main character and his sidekick friends, and possibly a best friend dog.
"It's time for a super fun mega awesome adventure, kids!" Ergh..

There are some pretty hefty elements in the EU, such as main character deaths; Would they now be ignored.

On the plus side, if they are to include the Skywalker child, does that mean we will, at last, see Mara Jade on film.

I do hope they stick with the concept of Jaina, Jacen, Anakin and Ben. If they don't then 90% of the Eu does indeed become meaningless.

They should just do the KOTOR Comic for the films with Zayne Carrick as the Lead, cool characters, cool writing, mandalorian wars, its awesome!

A few changes naturaly for film purposes.

Or this story but set after ROTJ so you could have han/OT cast turning up

That's exactly what Disney will be doing. They need to create more toys for the kids to demand from their parents. It'll be a decent movie like Avengers, but make no mistake you are not the target audience. It's all about the kids milking their parents money.
I'm predicting Disney's next intellectual property purchase will be Lego.

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