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Star Wars: Episode VII leads narrowed down, new plot details revealed

03.12.2014

Despite the delayed release to Christmas of next year, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII doesn't seem to be much closer to beginning filming and Variety may know why. With J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over screenwriting duties on the upcoming sequel, many believed it was to enhance the roles of the original trilogy actors believed to be returning. This led to speculation that the new film would be focusing on not only Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, but also their offspring. Being popular characters in the extended universe, this seemed a logical next step.

But, according to Variety's sources, while Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will have prominent roles, their offspring will be relegated to supporting cast, at least in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. The rewrites that Abrams and Kasdan have done have made the central character a "Jedi apprentice", which is the role that Abrams has been seeking all this time. BREAKING BAD's Jesse Plemons is supposedly up for that role along other actors including DOWNTON ABBEY's Ed Speleers, ATTACK THE BLOCK's John Boyega, theater actor Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher. Many of these names are unknown and newly linked to the film.

While Disney declined to comment, Variety also claims that the rumors of David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan meeting with Abrams was because the studio wanted to diversify the main cast. It remains to be seen if that will be the case as this new list of actors is a mix of Caucasian and African-American. There has been a lot of uproar about Michael B. Jordan being cast as the traditionally white Human Torch in THE FANTASTIC FOUR, but STAR WARS has always been a movie universe where race doesn't really matter. In the realm of science fiction/fantasy, Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson have portrayed a pair of the coolest heroes to grace the silver screen.

At this point, I just want to get some official news about the damn movie. I would prefer an unknown lead with more charisma that Hayden Christiansen who can be surrounded by experienced actors from within and outside the franchise. Just make it happen already.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (may) open December 18, 2015.

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9:39AM on 03/14/2014
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12:30PM on 03/13/2014
Sooooooo, other than reiterating the previous plot rumours, there really aren't any plot details confirmed?

BUT, you did get your Star Wars article quota met for the day, so that's good. Don't mean to come down too hard, it's just all the Star Wars articles that don't really say anything are not helping anyone. All they're doing is setting everyone's expectations way too high and when we see the finished product people will be disappointed and come here to bitch and whine about it. And in
Sooooooo, other than reiterating the previous plot rumours, there really aren't any plot details confirmed?

BUT, you did get your Star Wars article quota met for the day, so that's good. Don't mean to come down too hard, it's just all the Star Wars articles that don't really say anything are not helping anyone. All they're doing is setting everyone's expectations way too high and when we see the finished product people will be disappointed and come here to bitch and whine about it. And in reality, the movies will probably be pretty decent, I mean they can't get any worse than the prequel trilogy, amirightfolks?
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10:41AM on 03/13/2014
I'll give this new trilogy one chance to decide for me if I watch them in the theaters or on TV.
I still have nightmares about The Phantom Menace."
I'll give this new trilogy one chance to decide for me if I watch them in the theaters or on TV.
I still have nightmares about The Phantom Menace."
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10:40AM on 03/13/2014

What?!

Why are they bringing back Carrie Fisher, she does not even look remotely like a grandmotherly version of Princess Leia anymore. She looks like she got zapped by some force lightening. Seems like the film is going to be pushed back again if they have yet to finish the script or cast anyone.
Why are they bringing back Carrie Fisher, she does not even look remotely like a grandmotherly version of Princess Leia anymore. She looks like she got zapped by some force lightening. Seems like the film is going to be pushed back again if they have yet to finish the script or cast anyone.
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8:05AM on 03/13/2014
"a mix of Caucasian and African-American"

Black people in England are not African-American. In fact, they're not African-American in any part of the world other than America. John Boyega is not African-American. David Oyelowo is not African-American.

No, Idris Elba is not African-American, either.
"a mix of Caucasian and African-American"

Black people in England are not African-American. In fact, they're not African-American in any part of the world other than America. John Boyega is not African-American. David Oyelowo is not African-American.

No, Idris Elba is not African-American, either.
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8:31AM on 03/13/2014
if everyone wasn't so afraid to be branded racist, we could just stick with "Black" and avoid confusion. Honestly though, what are they called in other countries, I've always wondered. African-British? Can't be
if everyone wasn't so afraid to be branded racist, we could just stick with "Black" and avoid confusion. Honestly though, what are they called in other countries, I've always wondered. African-British? Can't be
2:30AM on 03/13/2014

This is a little left field but stick with me...

I can't explain why I feel this way but Donald Glover really needs to be in these movies, maybe Lando's son?

Maybe have Donald Glover do like a motion capture mixed with make up effect, really master this effect, then have him play every character in the movie. YUP that would make me a million times more excited for the next Star Wars movie!
I can't explain why I feel this way but Donald Glover really needs to be in these movies, maybe Lando's son?

Maybe have Donald Glover do like a motion capture mixed with make up effect, really master this effect, then have him play every character in the movie. YUP that would make me a million times more excited for the next Star Wars movie!
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1:38AM on 03/13/2014
Ed Speelers? From Eragon? Which was itself a terrible Star Wars pastiche? Well, it would bring things full circle, if nothing else...
Ed Speelers? From Eragon? Which was itself a terrible Star Wars pastiche? Well, it would bring things full circle, if nothing else...
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12:55AM on 03/13/2014

Bad idea for your comment

A universe where race doesn't really matter. HAHA did you even watch the original trilogy? 1 black guy, ONE.
A universe where race doesn't really matter. HAHA did you even watch the original trilogy? 1 black guy, ONE.
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10:09PM on 03/12/2014

While we are diversifying

could we get a french planet spinoff? My favourite actors lately (Lea Seydoux and Jean Dujardin among others) are from France. Not everyone in another galaxy has to be from California.
could we get a french planet spinoff? My favourite actors lately (Lea Seydoux and Jean Dujardin among others) are from France. Not everyone in another galaxy has to be from California.
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9:47PM on 03/12/2014

John Boyega would be my choice

After ATTACK THE BLOCK, he's clearly a star waiting to happen. And yes, if not STAR WARS, then he'd make an excellent Black Panther.

Honestly, I don't blame Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen for their roles in the prequels. The simple fact is that George Lucas (a) can't write dialogue and (b) can't direct actors. Even Oscar winner Natalie Portman was wooden as hell in those movies.
After ATTACK THE BLOCK, he's clearly a star waiting to happen. And yes, if not STAR WARS, then he'd make an excellent Black Panther.

Honestly, I don't blame Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen for their roles in the prequels. The simple fact is that George Lucas (a) can't write dialogue and (b) can't direct actors. Even Oscar winner Natalie Portman was wooden as hell in those movies.
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12:06AM on 03/13/2014
Well put all around!!!
Well put all around!!!
9:25PM on 03/12/2014
Am I the only one who doesn't understand why Billy Dee Williams hasn't been rumored to return as Lando? It clearly seems like they might be casting someone to play his son. Oh well, I'm still wondering how all this will play out. I still wish they were making a Star Wars trilogy focused outside the OT characters, like a knights of the old republic type series.
Am I the only one who doesn't understand why Billy Dee Williams hasn't been rumored to return as Lando? It clearly seems like they might be casting someone to play his son. Oh well, I'm still wondering how all this will play out. I still wish they were making a Star Wars trilogy focused outside the OT characters, like a knights of the old republic type series.
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9:22PM on 03/12/2014
Boyega was so good hunting aliens, he needs to work more! He could maybe even play a Wakandan.
Boyega was so good hunting aliens, he needs to work more! He could maybe even play a Wakandan.
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9:14PM on 03/12/2014

Please shut up

It would be incredibly awesome if you guys would stop reporting on every little tiny insignificant news on the making of this movie until they actually start shooting. Having a whole article about narrowing down to four actors is just a waste of time and it's just annoying. Please stop beating this to death until there's actually something worth reporting.
It would be incredibly awesome if you guys would stop reporting on every little tiny insignificant news on the making of this movie until they actually start shooting. Having a whole article about narrowing down to four actors is just a waste of time and it's just annoying. Please stop beating this to death until there's actually something worth reporting.
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8:35PM on 03/12/2014
As excited as I am about the possibility or the original cast coming back, I hope Abrams also goes back to more practical effects too. One of the biggest issues with the prequels (aside Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen) was that the CG took over the movies. Granted an all CGI movies would be great, if you'd ever seen cinematic cut scenes from some of the games, but for a new actual continued movie, less is more. Plus I think the prequel cast had difficulty acting without seeing things. I mean
As excited as I am about the possibility or the original cast coming back, I hope Abrams also goes back to more practical effects too. One of the biggest issues with the prequels (aside Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen) was that the CG took over the movies. Granted an all CGI movies would be great, if you'd ever seen cinematic cut scenes from some of the games, but for a new actual continued movie, less is more. Plus I think the prequel cast had difficulty acting without seeing things. I mean honestly, I've known people that hate each other and still have better chemistry than Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen.
Just saying...
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7:50PM on 03/12/2014

Here it is.

Han and Leia are happilly married, living the life of a retired, aristocratic couple as former heroes of the Rebellion. Luke Skywalker has returned to Tatooine to live the life of a simple farmer-monk, enjoying the peaceful meditative life of a retired Jedi, with R2D2 as his sole companion.

Han and Leia have two teenage sons. The elder (Karl) is athletic, handsome and successful in school and with the girls. He wants to be a fighter pilot and is going to the military academy. His parents are
Han and Leia are happilly married, living the life of a retired, aristocratic couple as former heroes of the Rebellion. Luke Skywalker has returned to Tatooine to live the life of a simple farmer-monk, enjoying the peaceful meditative life of a retired Jedi, with R2D2 as his sole companion.

Han and Leia have two teenage sons. The elder (Karl) is athletic, handsome and successful in school and with the girls. He wants to be a fighter pilot and is going to the military academy. His parents are very proud.

Their second son (Elon) is a misfit. He does badly in school and is jealous of his charismatic older brother. He rebels against expectations and wants to be a Jedi instead. He frequently goes to Tatooine to train as 'Uncle Luke's' apprentice. He is also in love with a girl (Myla) who however prefers his older brother. This makes him more bitter.

Both Karl and Myla go off to the military academy to train as fighter pilots. Elon is cool towards Karla. Instead he develops a crush on the Commandant of the academy, a striking, tall, gorgeous female admiral (Katana), even though she's older than he is.

Katana is actually the daughter of the late Emperor Palpatine. Despite her brilliance, she has been given the post of academy Commandant instead of Galactic Chief of Staff, because her family name is stained by the shame of her father's dictatorship.

Katana is filled with hate and resentment at her family's shame, and secretly studies the way of the Sith through lurid, horrific rituals, channelling her father's spirit as she grows strong in the dark side of the force.

Katana is asked by the High Council to lead a minor disciplinary expedition to a wayward planet protesting the high taxes they must pay on their rich mineral deposits. Myla and Karl are part of the expeditionary force.

Katana suprpesses the protests with vicious brutality, crucifying all the protesters. On her oders, Karly shoots down unarmed protesters. Myla refuses the order. The horrified High Council votes to strip Katana of her military title in disgrace.

Katana refuses to be disgraced like her father. Instead, she takes the final step to becoming a Sith Lord, summoning the spirit of her father. She takes the name Darth Satana, and gathering loyal forces, stages a coup against the High Council, executing all the leaders of the New Republic.

Everyone must now choose sides. Karl, who was seduced by Darth Satana at the academy and is now madly in love, chooses to be with her and becomes her Galactic Chief of Staff: the second most powerful person in the New Empire. Darth Satana becomes an even more brutal dictator than her father was, with Karl as her toyboy lover.

Meanwhile, Elon has become strong in the force as Luke Skywalker's apprentice. They've had light-saber wielding adventures together. He is reluctantly drawn into the resistance against the New Empire by Myla, who has become a leader of the rebellion and recruits him as the only person who can resist Darth Satana.

I won't go on, to keep this short. But with this set up, we have all the elements of a fantastic trilogy: sibling rivalry between two brothers, who are now on either side of a massive war; a love triangle between Elon, Karl and Myla and of course a titanic struggle between a new Sith Lord, Darth Satana, and a young Jedi, Elon Solo.

I have this written over three movies. I'll leave you to imagine the details.
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9:55AM on 03/13/2014
Where's Mara Jade? Ya know Luke's wife?
Where's Mara Jade? Ya know Luke's wife?
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6:18PM on 03/12/2014
Boyega would be my choice. I didn't fall in love in Attack the Block like most but I really liked this young man's performance. At such a young age he managed to pull off a pretty believable bad ass.
Boyega would be my choice. I didn't fall in love in Attack the Block like most but I really liked this young man's performance. At such a young age he managed to pull off a pretty believable bad ass.
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9:44PM on 03/12/2014
I agree with you on John Boyega, but I thought ATTACK THE BLOCK was stunning. Admittedly, I went in without expectations (preview screening).
I agree with you on John Boyega, but I thought ATTACK THE BLOCK was stunning. Admittedly, I went in without expectations (preview screening).
6:04PM on 03/12/2014
Jesse Plemons please! Prominent roles for original cast?? This sounds great!
Jesse Plemons please! Prominent roles for original cast?? This sounds great!
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6:00PM on 03/12/2014

Here's an idea...

Should this be true, and considering the rumored casting above, here seems like a pretty decent plot given the right casting.

Luke, Leia, and Han have done their thing for years after RoTJ, had kids, etc. Then another Jedi is found, and Luke takes to being his mentor. Through the movie, disaster happens, and the young Jedi turns to the dark side. Then we have a younger, slightly unknown, but good actor as our new villain for 8 and 9, and Han and Leia's kids become our lead hero's for
Should this be true, and considering the rumored casting above, here seems like a pretty decent plot given the right casting.

Luke, Leia, and Han have done their thing for years after RoTJ, had kids, etc. Then another Jedi is found, and Luke takes to being his mentor. Through the movie, disaster happens, and the young Jedi turns to the dark side. Then we have a younger, slightly unknown, but good actor as our new villain for 8 and 9, and Han and Leia's kids become our lead hero's for future movies. Maybe, he even takes out Luke at the end a la Darth vs. Obi Wan. Just a thought after reading that article and being a big Star Wars geek my whole life. JJ will not want this to feel like a reboot, but he has to have fresh blood. He will find a way to sync it with the original stories, like he did with Star Trek. Oh yea, and Jesse Plemons and John Boyega are both the shit.
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