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03.18.2014

I don't care what anyone says but any STAR WARS: EPISODE VII news is welcome in my world. Any tidbit of official information gets us one step closer to seeing the new era of STAR WARS on the silver screen. But, with almost no offical word from Disney or Lucasfilm aside from J.J. Abrams as director and who is writing the film, we are stuck staring at our calendars for the release date next Christmas.

But, Disney CEO Bob Iger did give us a little bit to go on so I am going to bring this to you on a silver platter. It may barely qualify as an appetizer, but here you go. Along with the news that we will be getting a CARS 3 and THE INCREDIBLES 2 (with Brad Bird on board to script), Iger revealed that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will be set 30 years after RETURN OF THE JEDI and will star "familiar faces and a trio of new young leads". Take that for what it is, but that doesn't quite sound like starring roles for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, or Harrison Ford.

With the characters from the original trilogy expected to return, I am confused as to how much screen time they will get. There is always the possibility that they will have bigger roles in EPISODE VIII and IX, but STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will really set the tone for everything.

We should be hearing a lot more official news now that we know when the movie will begin filming. According to Star Wars.com, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in England this May. That means we are about a month away from an official press release that may include a full cast listing, synopsis, and maybe a title. Until then, speculate away.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits screens on December 18, 2015.

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2:49PM on 03/20/2014
So set basically in real time since the last movie of the original trilogy?
I like that.
I'm going to give the SW universe one more chance to atleast make me say, "meh" instead of the continuous facepalm that I was doing during the prequel trilogy.
So set basically in real time since the last movie of the original trilogy?
I like that.
I'm going to give the SW universe one more chance to atleast make me say, "meh" instead of the continuous facepalm that I was doing during the prequel trilogy.
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11:38PM on 03/19/2014
old actors wont be the lead but they will be passing on the torch to younger ones. I cannot understand why the writer of this "article" can't see that. Too much fandom, not enough imagination.
old actors wont be the lead but they will be passing on the torch to younger ones. I cannot understand why the writer of this "article" can't see that. Too much fandom, not enough imagination.
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1:20PM on 03/19/2014
I wonder how long it will be before JJ sees something shiny, and abandons ship on this franchise too. My guess will be halfway through Episode 8. And for those telling me to 'fuck off' or something as equally creative, remember that JJ has never stuck around long on any franchise he has started; Alias, Lost, Mission Impossible, Star Trek....

I'm also waiting for JJ to do the prequel to Jaws, where we get to see a baby Great White watch in horror as its mother is ripped from the sea, and from
I wonder how long it will be before JJ sees something shiny, and abandons ship on this franchise too. My guess will be halfway through Episode 8. And for those telling me to 'fuck off' or something as equally creative, remember that JJ has never stuck around long on any franchise he has started; Alias, Lost, Mission Impossible, Star Trek....

I'm also waiting for JJ to do the prequel to Jaws, where we get to see a baby Great White watch in horror as its mother is ripped from the sea, and from then on it vows to avenge her by eating as many humans as possible. Imagine the underwater lens flares!!
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1:16PM on 03/19/2014

Are the kids going to be whiney too?

"But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"
"But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"
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10:33PM on 03/18/2014
The older characters shouldn't be the lead - Kirk wasn't the main character in Star Trek: Next Generation. Tanis Half-Elven wasn't the main character in Summer Flame, and Bruce wasn't the lead in Batman Beyond.

I think Jerry Holkins from Penny Arcade said it best when he said something like: "I don't want to see what I saw before. I want to feel how I felt before."
As long as it's swashbuckling science fantasy with heart, lovable characters, and daring escapes, it'll be a fine addition to
The older characters shouldn't be the lead - Kirk wasn't the main character in Star Trek: Next Generation. Tanis Half-Elven wasn't the main character in Summer Flame, and Bruce wasn't the lead in Batman Beyond.

I think Jerry Holkins from Penny Arcade said it best when he said something like: "I don't want to see what I saw before. I want to feel how I felt before."
As long as it's swashbuckling science fantasy with heart, lovable characters, and daring escapes, it'll be a fine addition to the franchise. Just, you know, hopefully not shitty like the prequels.
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1:34AM on 03/19/2014
Just want to applaud your Tanis Half-Elven reference
Just want to applaud your Tanis Half-Elven reference
7:01AM on 03/19/2014
I'm with KuriusJorge...second that applause for the Tanis reference
I'm with KuriusJorge...second that applause for the Tanis reference
9:37PM on 03/18/2014
so excited for this! somewhere someone is sitting on all the answers we want, and I want answers now! LOL! I feel like a kid at Christmas time trying to peek at his presents before Christmas! I hope we all get what we asked Santa for!
so excited for this! somewhere someone is sitting on all the answers we want, and I want answers now! LOL! I feel like a kid at Christmas time trying to peek at his presents before Christmas! I hope we all get what we asked Santa for!
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6:23PM on 03/18/2014
I am glad it is set 30 years after as it makes sense for the returning characters. I thought the idea was to focus on the children of Skywalker and Solo? I think it would be good to see Luke acting as a Yoda like role and establishing his own Jedi academy like he had in Jedi Knight 2 it would be cool to think that he has or is training his child/children.
I am glad it is set 30 years after as it makes sense for the returning characters. I thought the idea was to focus on the children of Skywalker and Solo? I think it would be good to see Luke acting as a Yoda like role and establishing his own Jedi academy like he had in Jedi Knight 2 it would be cool to think that he has or is training his child/children.
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5:57PM on 03/18/2014

We know when Episode VII takes place...

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Duh.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Duh.
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7:02AM on 03/19/2014
Bravo, Sir...Bravo
Bravo, Sir...Bravo
5:48PM on 03/18/2014

The returning characters should be done with tons of CGI to not make them look as hideous as they do in real life.

They are way too old for this, and should be kept in the background as much as possible. Important cameos trhat move the story along would work, but like I said, use CGI to make them look better.
They are way too old for this, and should be kept in the background as much as possible. Important cameos trhat move the story along would work, but like I said, use CGI to make them look better.
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5:50PM on 03/18/2014
Luke should have a white/grey beard and be wearing the Jedi robes just like Obi-Wan in A New Hope.
Luke should have a white/grey beard and be wearing the Jedi robes just like Obi-Wan in A New Hope.
4:50PM on 03/18/2014
I agree with most hear I want to see Luke kicking some ass. I think Hamill should have a good sized role
I agree with most hear I want to see Luke kicking some ass. I think Hamill should have a good sized role
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4:17PM on 03/18/2014

Also . . .

INCREDIBLES 2 with Brad Bird writing the script?!!! WOOT!!!

It would be even better if Bird was also directing it.

INCREDIBLES 2 with Brad Bird writing the script?!!! WOOT!!!

It would be even better if Bird was also directing it.

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4:15PM on 03/18/2014

Did anyone think the original leads would lead these new episodes?

No offense to Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher, but they're all in their 60's, shading 70. Of course Disney's going to want younger, prettier actors in the lead. I suspect Episode VII will feature the original trio handing off to the younger protagonists who will take over the rest of the trilogy.

All I ask is that they give Jedi Master Luke Skywalker a chance (or two) to seriously throw down in a fight scene. I hope you're hitting the gym, Mark.
No offense to Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher, but they're all in their 60's, shading 70. Of course Disney's going to want younger, prettier actors in the lead. I suspect Episode VII will feature the original trio handing off to the younger protagonists who will take over the rest of the trilogy.

All I ask is that they give Jedi Master Luke Skywalker a chance (or two) to seriously throw down in a fight scene. I hope you're hitting the gym, Mark.
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4:11PM on 03/18/2014
Hmmm.. Maybe Luke and company in hiding, shit gets real and the new leads need to find them? I just want to see Luke being a total bad ass with 30 yrs of Jedi experience under his belt.
Hmmm.. Maybe Luke and company in hiding, shit gets real and the new leads need to find them? I just want to see Luke being a total bad ass with 30 yrs of Jedi experience under his belt.
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3:58PM on 03/18/2014
Oh darn, I thought it'd take place 6 months later...but seriously, that's not surprising. But seriously? A Cars 3? Bet it'll come before Incredibles 2
Oh darn, I thought it'd take place 6 months later...but seriously, that's not surprising. But seriously? A Cars 3? Bet it'll come before Incredibles 2
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3:56PM on 03/18/2014
I have a feeling, about 6-9 years from now, when either ep 7, 8, or 9 will feature the demise of one of the three 'original' star wars stars, being killed, dying etc. I wonder what taste will be left in peoples mouths... Because as of now they are still alive somewhere in the galaxy. I think if 7,8,9 are 'good' like jj's star trek, and not 'great' then star wars will take a turn for the worse, its legacy diminished. or not
I have a feeling, about 6-9 years from now, when either ep 7, 8, or 9 will feature the demise of one of the three 'original' star wars stars, being killed, dying etc. I wonder what taste will be left in peoples mouths... Because as of now they are still alive somewhere in the galaxy. I think if 7,8,9 are 'good' like jj's star trek, and not 'great' then star wars will take a turn for the worse, its legacy diminished. or not
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3:57PM on 03/18/2014
It's legacy was diminished when the prequels were made.
It's legacy was diminished when the prequels were made.
5:46PM on 03/18/2014
That ship sailed the minute the prequels hit the screen (and sunk when Vader screamed NOOOOOOOOOOOOO like a little bitch!)
That ship sailed the minute the prequels hit the screen (and sunk when Vader screamed NOOOOOOOOOOOOO like a little bitch!)
12:11AM on 03/19/2014
Fuck you
Fuck you
3:52PM on 03/18/2014
Nice! And the Incredibles 2 too!
Nice! And the Incredibles 2 too!
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