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A new character in Star Wars: Episode VII may hint at a darker direction for the franchise

11.25.2013

Many fans have been hoping that the new trilogy of STAR WARS movies would finally deliver on the epic movies they have envisioned since RETURN OF THE JEDI. With J.J. Abrams at the helm, you can assuredly expect the film to be reverent towards the Original Trilogy, especially if Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford all return for another round of space opera. But, will the new films harken to the same B-movie inspiration as the prequels did or will we be getting a darker, more modern version of George Lucas' tales?

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII may be leaning towards the latter if the new character being written for the story is any indicator. The Hollywood Reporter says that when J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over scripting duties from Michael Arndt that it included the introduction of a new character to the story described as "a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in ELYSIUM".

With no further context than that, it is hard to imagine exactly how big or small the character's role will be or even if it is a major part. Needless to say if they are casting it now the chances are that it will be a substantial part. Also, referencing ELYSIUM could be just a visual cue or possibly hints that Abrams is looking to take a darker perspective with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. I would like to think that this film is going to still have the hope of the original films but also not shy away from the darker aspects of the tale. With Kasdan involved, you know there is a chance for the Dark Side to come out to play.

While many hoped that there was a chance that Neil Blomkamp might direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, it should be somewhat comforting to know that his film served as a sort of inspiration for the movie. ELYSIUM is a gritty and dystopian portrait of the future and there is definitely room for some of that in a STAR WARS movie, I just hope not too much.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will open everywhere on December 18. 2015.

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4:36PM on 11/26/2013
Alex, my friend and I hereby dub you 'The new Paul Tassi - King of Conjecture and Rumor'.
Congrats.
Alex, my friend and I hereby dub you 'The new Paul Tassi - King of Conjecture and Rumor'.
Congrats.
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11:09PM on 11/25/2013
Is the character's named "Conjecturetix"?
Is the character's named "Conjecturetix"?
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6:59AM on 11/26/2013
I don't understand the joke. Is he a Gaul?
I don't understand the joke. Is he a Gaul?
8:55AM on 11/26/2013
Yeah, it does sound more like an Asterix character. I was trying to work "Conjecture" into a Star Wars-y named and did not succeed.
Yeah, it does sound more like an Asterix character. I was trying to work "Conjecture" into a Star Wars-y named and did not succeed.
4:36PM on 11/26/2013
Lol
Lol
9:00PM on 11/25/2013
Elysium sucked ass, so I hope Star Wars doesn't try and compare itself too much to it.
Elysium sucked ass, so I hope Star Wars doesn't try and compare itself too much to it.
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8:29PM on 11/25/2013
Awesome. Another rumor.
Awesome. Another rumor.
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7:08PM on 11/25/2013

Well.......

I'm still holding out for the Daniel Day Lewis as a Jedi or Sith rumor to come true.
I'm still holding out for the Daniel Day Lewis as a Jedi or Sith rumor to come true.
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6:30PM on 11/25/2013
Sounds good to me. Star Wars is at its best when it's dark.
Sounds good to me. Star Wars is at its best when it's dark.
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5:51PM on 11/25/2013
I dig gritty, but I hope that the color palette remains similar to the prequels. Regardless of how one thinks of the prequels, you cant deny they were nice to look at. So, give me a nice gritty well written story (i.e Empire Strikes Back) with imaginative, well thought out creatures and characters and it'll be a winner in my book...
I dig gritty, but I hope that the color palette remains similar to the prequels. Regardless of how one thinks of the prequels, you cant deny they were nice to look at. So, give me a nice gritty well written story (i.e Empire Strikes Back) with imaginative, well thought out creatures and characters and it'll be a winner in my book...
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5:40PM on 11/25/2013

I don't get

The negativity when it comes to all of the rumor articles. Isn't it a part of the fun, theorizing about who the characters might be, what the plot will be and discussing back and forth, following rumors that may or may not be true, etc. I love reading them regardless.
The negativity when it comes to all of the rumor articles. Isn't it a part of the fun, theorizing about who the characters might be, what the plot will be and discussing back and forth, following rumors that may or may not be true, etc. I love reading them regardless.
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5:17PM on 11/25/2013
This has been another edition of "Alex Maidy reads way too far into a Star Wars: Episode VII rumor"...
This has been another edition of "Alex Maidy reads way too far into a Star Wars: Episode VII rumor"...
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5:17PM on 11/25/2013
It's probably just Wedge Antilles. He'd pretty obviously need to be in the film, and there's no way they'd bring back Denis Lawson when he played such a small role in the originals.
It's probably just Wedge Antilles. He'd pretty obviously need to be in the film, and there's no way they'd bring back Denis Lawson when he played such a small role in the originals.
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4:59PM on 11/25/2013
Oh,god!! Do we have to hear tons of rumors about every minute detail about Starwars? anything in excess isn't that good.before reading the article,i thought its something about Matt Damon going to play the villain in starwars
Oh,god!! Do we have to hear tons of rumors about every minute detail about Starwars? anything in excess isn't that good.before reading the article,i thought its something about Matt Damon going to play the villain in starwars
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4:27PM on 11/25/2013

Holy

shit. I nearly believed there was going to be a crossover.
Kruger with a lightsaber? Hell to the fucking yes.
I'm kidding though, a man can dream.
shit. I nearly believed there was going to be a crossover.
Kruger with a lightsaber? Hell to the fucking yes.
I'm kidding though, a man can dream.
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4:25PM on 11/25/2013
this article was a waste and didnt say anything interesting or news worthy
this article was a waste and didnt say anything interesting or news worthy
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4:22PM on 11/25/2013

The original inspiration for Star Wars was Joseph Campbell.

Now, it's Matt Damon.
Now, it's Matt Damon.
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5:24PM on 11/25/2013
Campbell and Kurosawa. To be fair there were a ton of other inspirations, but "Hero With A Thousand Faces" and "The Hidden Fortress" were definitely the top two. Lucas might suck as a writer but he at least had great taste in where to borrow ideas from.
Campbell and Kurosawa. To be fair there were a ton of other inspirations, but "Hero With A Thousand Faces" and "The Hidden Fortress" were definitely the top two. Lucas might suck as a writer but he at least had great taste in where to borrow ideas from.
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