‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Might Be Titled ‘A New Dawn’

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Last October Disney took the world by storm by officially announcing their $4 billion+ acquisition of Lucasfilm and plans to continue the Star Wars saga, beginning with Episode VII in 2015. Rumors of old treatments and screenplay drafts by George Lucas, along with speculation on directors, actors and characters flooded media headlines, blogs and forums and it was impossible to decipher what was in truly in store for the next trilogy of live-action Star Wars films.

In the time since, we’ve learned that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are likely to return and that J.J. Abrams is officially going to direct off a script by Michael Arndt. Actors have begun reading for parts but no official information has been given about the cast or the title of the film.

A week after the acquisition, Market Saw reported on what they claimed to be story ideas for Star Wars: Episode 7 including one detail that went completely unnoticed – that Episode VII could be titled “A New Dawn”. Now, 10 months later, Talk Balker is claiming they have an unverified source who also says the next franchise installment will indeed be titled Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Dawn. They however, gave make no mention of the original report.

The title itself is an obvious throwback to the original Star Wars: Episode IV which earned the subtitle A New Hope. If Abrams’ take on Star Wars does indeed run with the A New Dawn title, its double meaning references a new age for the franchise, with new characters for new audiences, but it also likely refers to the beginning of a new age for what we expect is a new beginning of the Jedi Order led by Luke Skywalker – a common story thread in all of the Star Wars extended universe lore across every medium.

With Return of the Jedi ending with the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader – the last known remaining Sith – and Luke (and sister Leia) seemingly the last known Jedi, it’s up to them to not only build the New Republic in the wake of the Empire’s collapse, but to restart the Jedi Order.

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On the casting front, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) has been making many related headlines as of late, with rumors that he may have already been secretly cast in Star Wars 7 simply due to his relationship with J.J. Abrams having played the primary antagonist of Star Trek Into Darkness. Additional reports pinned him as playing a possible Sith Warrior. His reps gave the obligatory denial and he himself said he wasn’t offered a role, although he’d absolutely love to join the franchise, being a self-proclaimed fan.

While talking to press at the Toronto International Film Festival for The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch gave the Telegraph the usual response:

“Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek. But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumor quashed.”

But then he followed up with “We’ll have to wait and see,” with a “grin” as the Telegraph describes. Take that for what you will but with principal photography expected to being early 2014, Disney and Lucasfilm will be making a load of casting decisions in the coming months.

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Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively slated to reach theaters by Summer 2015, though it could wind up delayed until the Winter Holiday Season.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Sources: Market Saw, Talk Backer, Telegraph

Star Wars logo art by Enoch16

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  1. Star Wars Episode 7: We Know You’re going to See it Anyway, so we didn’t even bother with a title

    • Star Wars Episode 7: A Middle Finger

  2. It should start off with the original cast encountering an older Jar Jar, with Han immediately shooting him in the face Or Chewy just ripping his arms off. OK, Chewy rips his arm off THEN Han shoots him in the face. Why am I not a screen writer?

    • WOW, really? That’s not going to happen bud.

      Jar Jar will be in VII, he’s every bit as iconic and deserving of reappearing as any of the OT cast. It’d be interesting seeing an older, war-torn Senator Binks helping rebuild a new Republic with Leia, since its been known he lived through the OT events, albeit stuck on Courasant.

      Bury the hatchet already will you? The SE and Blu-ray changes to the OT alone are more worthy of SW nerd rage, than an innocent comic-relief sidekick whose no more annoying than C-3P0. (Jar Jar’s less IMO)

      • Alright, so this comment was a month ago but I just checked my hotmail account for the first time in, well, a month and I can’t help but respond to you. First of all, what I said is clearly a joke and in no way is meant to be taken seriously. Anyone with a functioning brain would realize how much of a joke it is. Second of all, the only place I will bury the hatchet is between Jar Jar’s stupid eyes. Lastly, Jar Jar is not real, therefore he is not “innocent.” George Lucas created Jar Jar, and the anger is directed at him for becoming one of the most hypocritical film makers in Hollywood.

    • According to George Lucas, Jar Jar was on Alderaan when it was destroyed by the Death Star.

    • There should be two version: in half of theaters, Han shoots first…

    • I do NOT want to see F****** Jar Jar even for a split second EVER again. not in star wars or any other movie. period.if there could be some editing done to the prequels cutting out jar jar : it would lift their sucking storytelling definately up !

  3. Based on his portrayal of Kahn, I could see him making a very good Sith Lord…

    • He would make a good sith lord, but when it comes to Star Wars vs Star Trek, Benedict Cumberbatch is Khan, he cannot cross over no matter his character. That is like putting Mark Hamill in a Star Trek movie, you just don’t do that.

      • Yeah, but Benedict is a phenomenal actor so he could work well in the storyline if JJ offers him a part that rivals Vader. Yeah, he was great as Kahn. But it’s not like he is going to be Kahn in every single Star Trek film going forward. I say give him the part of the new “major baddy” that will plague this new Star Wars trilogy…Then Benedict becomes a favorite of both universes’ fans, while also attaining notoriety as the actor who played two fan-favorite villains. Do it, JJ! Oh God, Please for the love of God, DO IT, JJ!!!!

  4. I would like to see a cast of Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Lawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emma Watson with a possible return of both General Grievous and Darth Maul.

  5. Star Wars Episode 7: it’s truly remarkable that a stay at home mom could make $4675 a week from this website…

  6. You know what would be a good title, Heir To The Empire

    • YES YES YES

    • Go Star Wars go!!!!

    • it would, but they cant if they push 30 years forward. I was hoping they could’ve done a clone wars style cartoon and telling a lot of expanded universe stuff. closest we got is the upcoming cartoon set 15 years after rotj….

  7. Star Wars Episode VII: Cha-Ching! with the Force!

  8. benny cumberbatch should play a darksideforce user . but also be the son of grand moff tarkin.

    be a vengeful spirit. he should be the counterpoint to the skywalker family story and an excellent battle tactician.

  9. I’d like to see Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) cast in the next instalment. I can just see him wielding a light saber

  10. Will they be building the Dark Star again?

    • I meant Death Star. Dark Star is another movie!

      • No , but they will maybe use a planet eater

  11. Star Wars VII: electric boogaloo or Star Wars VII: the legend of Vader’s gold or Star Wars VII: Sith bitches be cray -cray or Star Wars VII: this one time at space camp

  12. Kind of weak and yet simple, all at once. Also: Dawn to Darkness

  13. plz lay low the lense flares….but gl jj on this movie.

  14. I’m not so worried about the name as I am about the film. Once Kurtz left the Star Wars franchise, things went downhill because it went from epic story telling to brain candy. And I don’t care what anyone says, Into Darkness was not brilliant or epic. It was simply an action flick with a very weak story. We’ll see what happens, but I’m not holding my breath for anything near the quality of the original trilogy. My guess is it will be tons and tons of action with little drama and little story. Sorry to be the downer on this, but it’s just what I foresee coming.

  15. Great News…”J.J.” Please, Dont, Turn This, Into A Retelling…Of “The Prequel” Trilogy!!!

  16. I suppose after 5+ years of hearing “Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Dawn”… and “A New Dawn”, “A New Dawn”, and “A New Dawn”, I would undoubtedly get used to that title as the norm… but right now, where I sit, I think it’s a TERRIBLE idea. Why? Because every living human being on the planet earth is going to be thinking, “A NEW HOPE” when they hear that.

    If J.J. Abrams wants this movie to be successful, he needs to make the title not only relevant to the internal story, but it needs to be a title that doesn’t SOUND like any of the previous six episodes. One thing that really bugs me, though, is that Luke, by the end of Return of the Jedi, is still completely ignorant that Obi-Wan was responsible for his father’s crippled, mutilated state, he doesn’t know who Padme, his ‘real mother’ was, and he also doesn’t know that he and leia have living relatives who could give them the inside scoop.

    Uh-huh… they are: Grandpa Ruwee, Grandma Jobal, and Aunt Sola, from the “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”. I find it very unconventional that a loving family abandoned on the cutting room floor STILL knows more about Luke’s parents than HE does. George Lucas, go figure…

  17. To Patrick: That statement about Jar Jar Binks being on Alderaan when it was destroyed by the Death Star was nothing more than one of George Lucas’ signature spitballing, throwout jokes to get a rise from the fans – no doubt to placate the most ANNOYING group of Star Wars fans you’ll ever meet: Lucasfilm’s unofficial JJBHC (Jar Jar Binks Hating Community). I think George knows he would gain nothing from killing of Jar Jar, because if he did, everyone would think that George was pressured and goaded into doing so.

    Personally, I LOVED Jar Jar Binks (not to mention his buddy, Captain Tarpals), and my two favorite Star Wars films happen to be ‘Episode I – The Phantom Menace’, and ‘Episode II – Attack of the Clones’. Why? Because those two films show us the galaxy as it SHOULD be, not the galaxy screwed up by Palpatine. If ANYTHING in the Star Wars universe should get Star Wars fans in a funk, it should be the EMPIRE, not Jar Jar Binks. Need I say more?

  18. Here’s an idea for the title! Star Wars Episode VII: The Terror of the Sith

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