THR Reports a Bantha Load of Star Wars: Episode VII Rumors!

The Hollywood Reporter has a lot of Star Wars Episode VII rumors to report today.

THR corroborates the story about Plemons we heard yesterday:
Sources confirm Plemons is on the list to chat with Abrams for Episode VII (and possibly the entire trilogy), with a meeting set to take place this week. But he is only one of a long string of actors on Abrams’ meeting list.

Hopefully the news that Plemons has is in talks doesn’t hurt his chances (if it isn’t his fault the information got out that is). I’m not in live with the idea of Plemons, but I also don’t hate it. While he doesn’t exactly look like Mark Hamill (I like to joke he looks like the POTF95 action figure actually), we’re assuming he’s Luke Skywalker’s son and that might not even be the case. That said, as someone that doesn’t really look like his parents, I don’t put too much stock in picking a stunning family resemblance over the best person to embody the character.

THR goes on to state that the project has changed significantly since Micheal Arndt left writing duties on the script:
According to multiple insiders, the reason for the parting of ways was not due to a timeframe issue, as has been reported, but rather due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize.

Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted.

That certainly sounds like it could be a heated issue. The fan base has been debating who the focus of the films will be. I’m sure we will be living with the term “emerging characters” for a long time. Because you can write this film two ways: the film features the big three and begins with a hand off or the film starts off with the handoff already in place and the big three simply cameo throughout it. I think both perspectives are valid and I can see how different writers could handle each perspective differently. Hopefully in this instance Abrams and Kasdan’s perspective was the stronger of the two. In the end the important thing is that Abrams is taking the script he feels he can direct the best.

I certainly prefer the Arndt perspective on paper. But like I said, I trust that Abrams knows which path he can direct the best. That said, I have felt for years that the idea of the trilogy is a dead outdated structure. While Star Wars is made of trilogies, Star Wars is not a trilogy. Luke and Leia are now in five Star Wars films. So if the new cast only appears prominently in VIII and IX, it doesn’t really mean we won’t get enough of them.
So with Abrams and Kasdan now overhauling the script, that means many of the actors who had met and auditioned have been nixed for various reasons.

Tye Sheridan was supposedly up for one of those younger parts but was turned down when the role was erased. They say the part morphed into a 40 year old. But there was already a 40 year old in the casting call. So does that mean there will be two 40 year olds or did that role simply enlarge into the part the boy once held?
While most names come with no identifying character, Hugo Weaving does. Weaving, according to two sources, met for a part to play an Imperial commander.

Is it just me or does that sound like that fake photoshopped rumor that was going around with Weaving as Thrawn? THR is generally above that kind of stuff but that really lines up with a lot of things I’ve seen in fan casting.
The latest bit to surface this week is that Abrams and Lucasfilm are now searching for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black. The rumor is that Obi-Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter.

That’s interesting if true. But I’m not sure it lines up with a lot of what has been set up as of late. It would make the most sense that Satine had a secret child Obi-Wan didn’t know about. That child would be a little older than Luke. So than by the time we get to Episode VII, it would be Obi-Wan’s grandchild.

I’m very cautious and suspicious of the last two parts to their story though.

This is the most cloudy era of this process isn’t it? Soon we’ll have some answers, I hope! Fassbender, Weaving, Driver all sound like people they would talk to though.

 

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  • Ian

    Does anyone else think that the roles as described in the open casting call don’t really exist? That they’re just looking for people, potentially more than one boy and one girl, in the age range to fill a whole host of roles as they evolve and change through the writing process?