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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