A long time ahead, about 30 years into the future, the next installment of the Star Wars saga blasts off with some interesting new additions. Fans that have followed the movie series, since its inception, should be particularly excited to see the next film unfold. What’s been especially exciting about viewing an actual sequel to Return of the Jedi – not a prequel to the original – is the possibility of seeing the first cast on the screen again. Sadly, however, there is no reason to expect the likes of Princess Lea or Han Solo to make a lengthy appearance. Yet, cameos are not out of the question. Disney, who will be in charge of putting out the long-awaited cosmic adventure, has been a tad more candid recently, and some of the secrets to Star Wars: Episode VII have been revealed.
One may recall 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. At the end of the most “up-to-date” portion of the series, Luke and Lea had discovered their relationship as siblings, Han and Lea embarked on a romance (presumably) and all seemed right with the force. What’s the force? “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together,” according to Obi Wan. And, of course, everyone knows who Obi Wan is… right?(see video below)
Fast-forward 30 years into the future, where the children of that cast are now alleged to be experiencing adventures of their own. Apparently, it will feature three new main characters in total. Although the former cast of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher may not be headlining, there will be: “some very familiar faces”, according to a Disney press release. Moreover, the fact that this new installment takes place 30 years after “Jedi” alludes to a real-time age factor for the original actors.
The simple idea that the latest Star Wars journey is set for release in December 2015, can only create more anticipation. There are more secrets to Star Wars: Episode VII, that have been revealed by the film giant Disney. For example, more rejoicing is certain to occur over the confirmation that borderline cute character, the robotic R2D2, will have screen time once again. “R2” has also appeared in the prequel additions to the saga. Plus, it seems Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming May 2014 at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. That makes sense, considering the movie is set for release December 2015.
Rumors of the new “human” cast may arise some flutters as well. First, it’s been alleged that Adam Driver of HBO’s Girls and the epic film Lincoln will play the main villain. Furthermore, there are rumblings of Saoirse Ronin (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) being included among the cast.
Disney has been pressed, no doubt, by fans and investors to make “Ep. VII” since 2012, when the company purchased LucasFilm for over 4 billion dollars. With J.J. Abrams, of the Mission Impossible and Star Trek films set to direct, there is sure to be high expectations. Now, with the revealed secrets and abounding rumors, regarding the upcoming December release of Star Wars: Episode VII, fans may begin the process of salivation.
Opinion By Josh Taub