Star Wars Episode VII is already in pre-production, the question on people’s minds is who will J.J. Abrams cast? The new film started taking shape over a year ago when Disney bought Lucas Art from George Lucas for over four-billion dollars, a sale that included the Stars Wars franchise among other things. Fans of the beloved franchise had mixed feelings toward the sale, but soon became excited when Disney announced that they would be making Star Wars Episode VII, the first of a new trilogy to be added to the franchise.
Disney carefully cast a large net and immediately almost every director in Hollywood wanted a chance to take over the legendary franchise, many names were considered. Brad Bird, director of the 2011 Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol was approached to direct but had to decline as he was already committed to another film. Matthew Vaughn, director of the Kick-Ass franchise was then brought on to direct, although he soon left due to creative differences with Disney. J.J. Abrams initially turned down the chance to direct Star Wars when it was offered to him, he felt it was too large a burden to take over such a film franchise with such a heavy following and cultural significance. Understandable due to the world-wide hate George Lucas received after releasing the second trilogy of prequel films. The fans of Star Wars are often more knowledgeable of the world of Star Wars than the people making the films. True die-hard fans live and breathe Star Wars everyday, and if any mistakes are made, they make sure to proclaim their negative feedback out loud.
In the end, J.J. Abrams was convinced to direct the new Star Wars Episode VII, and again in people’s minds was who was Abrams going to cast? Abrams quickly took over the production, he and Lawrence Kasdan re-wrote most of the script of the film originally written by Michael Arndt. Kasdan originally wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which are considered to be the best two films of the whole franchise. This is something that gave excitement to the fans as the original trilogy is held sacred to them.
Now that Abrams and Disney had their script, fans were left wondering what the plot would be and which characters would the new trilogy follow. Much to fans appeasement, it was announced that the original cast would be coming back to reprise their roles. Meaning that after 30-years fans would once again see Luke, Leia and Han back on the big screen in a whole new story, and best off all played by the same actors. Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia have both been on a strict exercise and diet regimen, as well as rigorous stunt training to be able to once again portray the iconic roles. Rumors are that other original cast members such as Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels were also going to reprise their roles as Lando Calrissian and C-3Po. As far as age is concerned, the story will take place 30-years after the events of Return of the Jedi so the actors age would match those of the characters in that timeline.
However what about the new roles, the new characters we do not yet know about? Star Wars Episode VII has people thinking who will J.J. Abram cast, and the answer seems to be that it will be a cast of relatively unknowns. Recently it was reported that Adam Driver, of Girls fame, was cast as the main villain of the film. The role was described as the new Darth Vader, heavy-metal boots to fill indeed as Darth Vader is one of the most loved and recognized fictional characters of all time. Other roles have yet to be filled, and most news regarding them are mere rumors. Abrams and Disney have a tremendous task ahead of them, the first film will set in motion how well received the future trilogy will be accepted among fans. We will have to wait and see what fresh faces will get the chance of a lifetime to play the soon to be iconic roles in Star Wars episode VII, may the force be with them all.
Opinion by Miguel A. Tamayo