‘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.

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Sources: Market Saw, Talk Backer, Telegraph

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  1. Pretty bland title. Hope it’s not indicative of a bland screenplay. At least It’s better than The Phantom Menace.

    • Leave TPM alone :P

    • I think they actually had ‘Star Wars: A New Age’ in mind but considering Avenger and Tf4′s titles they changed their mind.

      I agree the title is bland.

    • You mean like Star Wars: A New Hope? bland title, great film?

    • Empire Strikes Back is a bland title, and yet that’s arguably the best Star Wars film

  2. Cumberbatch would make an AWESOME Grand Admiral Thrawn.

    • I absolutely agree. Cumberbatch in the Grand Admiral Thrawn role would be superb and he would hit that role out of the park. Paint him blue and lets get this show on the road! I also want to see a kick a$$ Mara Jade role in the new movies.

  3. NEW AGE OF THE JEDI would be MUCH better…LOL

    • I’m sure Disney is thinking Star Wars: Age of Money.

  4. A New Dawn sounds proper for the beginning of the new trilogy.

    • Agreed I’m with you man

  5. at first i thought we were naming a new sequel after Twilight’s Breaking Dawn… LOL

  6. I was hoping for a more interesting sounding title but I won’t complain if that’s what they go with. It’d definitely make sense.

  7. an homage to “A New Hope”. seems logical

  8. I can see Cumberbatch being Palpatine reborn.

    • Wouldn’t that be too similar to his role as Khan?

      Separate comment, why was The Phantom Menace ACTUALLY called the Phantom Menace…

      • The Sith had not been encountered for such a long time that they had become almost mythical. Their very real danger was not yet known as a reality, so it was a shadowy threat…a “phantom menace”.


        • Wrong. Qui-Gonn Jinn was the Phantom Menace.

          • That doesn’t even make the slightest sense.

            • It was actually Jar Jar Binks. Till this very day we are haunted by his wretched voice.

            • Go away Batfleck…

      • It was called the Phantom Mencase, because Palpatine orchestrated the separatist movement that lead to him acquiring emergency powers, which in turn lead to the activation of the clone army, which enabled him to perform the coup d’etat and rise to absolute power.

        Based on that you can read the title in two ways: either the separatists were the phantom menace, because they barely posed any threat compared to Palpatine’s subsequent powers, or the Sith were the phantom menace, because they were barely visible until they revealed their true intentions.

        • *Mencase? What’s a Mencase?! Menace!

  9. Star Wars Episode 7: An Alternate Reality So I Can Do Whatever The Hell I Want

  10. Sounds good to me.

  11. Wow ._. This had better be only a rumor bc I honestly think tha name sucks. It’s bland and just unoriginal. Like calling Man of Steel 2 Superman vs. Batman. Be creative damnit

    • So lets hear your ideai for a title so?

    • How ’bout they call it Man of Steel: Age of Batman?

      • Star Wars VII: The Order of The Jedi (it would focus on the rebuilding of the Jedi order as the name implies)

  12. I like ‘A New Dawn’. Seems fitting :)

  13. So, in order to wrap his big mitts all over this property, is JJ going to readjust the timeline and throw away canon here?

    In all seriousness, if the big three, Ford, Hamill, and Fisher, are going to be in it, I’ll be there. If not, it’ll be a rental view for me.

    • I’d be really surprised if the big three aren’t in it.

    • Ya, I linked to them in the post. I might be the only person of every movie site out there who did apparently.

  14. LOL at all the people who just point out Abrams Star Trek alternate timeline or Khan. Very weak and moronic comments considering Abrams films are all financial and critical successes. If you are so butt hurt then don’t see the movie.

  15. It should be called, Star Wars: Age Of The New Dawn. xD

  16. The title is a bit bland and does rhyme similar to ‘A New Hope’ but i guess it signifies what the story is going to be, new characters and story that might not or may follow the star wars canon. i personally like to see Cumberbatch as a mandalorian warlord who rivals jabba the hut.

  17. its ok I suppose just would be boss if starkiller was involved

    • that would actually be pretty sweet..

  18. I like that title, I thought they would go with something like “Return of the Sith” though.

  19. Heir to the Empire

  20. At least it doesn’t have “RISE” in it :p

  21. Episode 8 will be titled The Moon strikes back.

  22. Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Dawn
    sounds a little too much like
    Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Yawn

  23. They might as well call it Star Wars: The Empire of The Jedi’New Dawn Strikes Back. That title is completely unoriginal.

    • Jedi’s**

  24. Not sure why Benedict Cumberbatch needs to be shoehorned into a role in Star Wars. He was good (not amazing) in Star Trek 2 and now every fan boy (and girl) thinks he needs to be part of every franchise.

  25. I think that 2015 should just be called Age of Age

  26. The episode title and number can be dropped at this point since
    this episode takes place long after the last episode and there are
    untold episodes in between and too many episodes in this sentence.

  27. “Star Wars – Episode VII: A Reborn Legacy”

  28. Star Wars Episode 7: A Blue Thrawn