Star Wars news round-up

News Simon Brew 28 Mar 2013 - 10:19
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News from the world of Star Wars, including Harrison Ford, a potentially big event in July, and Ian McDiarmid...

We seem to be in a bit of a limbo at the moment with regards Star Wars: Episode VII, with the thinking being that Lucasfilm will wait until JJ Abrams is fully finished on his new film, Star Trek Into Darkness, before making a full and formal announcement about the new movie.

That announcement, one or two whispers are telling us, may be in or around the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe, that's taking place in Essen, Germany, this coming July. It's been confirmed this week that Carrie Fisher will definitely be appearing at the event, and while we can't get official confirmation, it's been suggested to us - and feel free to take this with a pinch of salt - that she may well have an announcement regarding Episode VII while she's there.

Full details of the event can be found here.

Elsewhere in Star Wars, Harrison Ford has been asked about the new film again, and has given a pretty factual response. Chatting to MTV, he was asked about whether he was interested in reprising the role of Han Solo in Star Wars or Deckard in Blade Runner. Ford said that " It might be nice, depending on the circumstances, to revisit any one of those characters. What interests me now is the opportunity to work at all and to work in ambitious projects. What I'm looking for is the next opportunity, the next ambitious opportunity. It doesn't matter if it's one of those. If it's one of those, great. If it's not, that's fine too".

Ford also downplayed his critical comments of George Lucas in the past, arguing "that was then, this is now. It doesn't matter".

Finally, Ian McDiarmid has been chatting to Sci-Fi Now about returning to Star Wars, and while he's admitted that he's not expecting to turn up in the new trilogy (mainly because of the fate Emperor Palpatine met at the end of Return Of The Jedi), that doesn't mean that the door is closed to the franchise's world for him. "They've got lots of exciting ideas for spin-offs about separate characters and so on, and then there is the television series which George has talked about and decided to make into being for a number of years, and that takes place between Episodes III and IV when the Emperor is very much alive. So I think [the Emperor] probably does have a future".

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I don't think we'll hear anything about Abram's involvement in SW until after the Trek movie has disappeared from theatres.

Everything else is up for speculation as I doubt that even Disney/Lucasfilm have any concrete plans laid down for other projects yet and the actors are probably basing their comments having heard the same rumours as everyone else.

Perhaps the inner circle of stars know a bit more if they have kept up a relationship with Lucas over the years, but the rest have moved on and are likely to only find out information through the same channels we do, which makes their comments almost worthless until they actually talk to the studio.

(spoiler!) As I understand it, there is PLENTY of room to see Palpatine back from the dead.

Which is to say, not much to report.

aye - invasion of the body snatchers anyone!

I thought the whole idea was that Palpatine was a clone so therefore plenty of opportunity for him to come back into it again??

a drop of the emperor's blood was found at the scene and the team that cloned dolly the sheep where rushed to the scene...

oops - forgot that the death star blew up at the end of return of the Jedi !!

Hmm... Strike him down and he will become more powerful than anyone could possibly imagine?

good call

I don't want to see the old lot in the new films, hell I'm not even sure to see new films being made. Everyone ages, but childhood icons shouldn't. Plus, kids okay won't know who they are anyway - just some old people bumbling about.

I originally thought of it like this, and hated the idea of seeing the likes of Ford and Fisher back, but then Obi Wan is an example of a character that made it into two eras of the Star Wars saga, and that worked well enough.

Here, we have an opportunity to bring back familiar characters, without the need to recast younger actors, as this will be set after the events of Episode 6. I think that so long as they don't lead the film and that a new leading character paves the way for Episodes 7, 8 and 9 then this could work.

Agreed, but I personally i would say that obiwan worked because there was no back-story for him in the prequels, it was all future-story in that you knew where he was going and if you we're a new viewer it didn't matter... With the older characters id guess they'd have to be cameos or supporting roles (with no exposition heavy scenes). I'm thinking of the introduction of the 8th Doctor (using the 7th and exposition) and the 9th Doctor ( Run!).

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