J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Tone; Two More Actors Meet For Role

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Star Wars Episode VII Fan Logo J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars: Episode 7 Tone; Two More Actors Meet For Role

Despite locking down release dates for their Marvel Studios films up until 2017, Disney has yet to confirm a date for what may be their most-anticipated film of all time – Star Wars: Episode VII. Whether or not the return of the saga and the launch of the new Star Wars live-action trilogy begins in the summer or fall of 2015, director J.J. Abrams and the studio will begin making official casting announcements in the near future, and to date – not a single name has officially joined the cast.

It’s all but confirmed at this point that the trio of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will reprise their key roles as Princess (Queen?) Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, respectively, and as for the new faces of the franchise – we only have rumors and reports to go on.

According to “sources” (indicating more than one) of Latino-Review, actors David Oyelowo (Red Tails, Lincoln) and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) have both gone in for meetings for Star Wars, with Jordan apparently meeting with director J.J. Abrams personally.

Jordan’s 11 years younger than Brit actor Oyelowo, and both starred together in George Lucas’Red Tails. Both actors have multiple high profile projects in development, with Oyelowo joining the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and Jordan continuing to make headlines regarding a possible role as a member of the Fantastic Four reboot for Fox. They’re both stars in the making and it’s a good time for Disney to lock either or both down for the long-term.

Not unlike the Disney-owned Marvel Studios, actors who make deals with Disney-Lucasfilm will sign a multi-picture contract, at the very least for the Episode 7-9 trilogy and perhaps even longer for the new characters if the saga will continue towards Episode 12. It depends on how far ahead Disney is planning.

It’s also important to note that Disney will be releasing at least one Star Wars film every year beginning in 2015. The core episodic installments will likely debut three years apart (the Marvel model with The Avengers installments), allowing for two spinoff movies in between, based stories that are described by Disney execs as “origin stories” with a Han Solo movie reportedly coming first, and other rumors suggesting solo spinoffs for Boba Fett and Yoda.

While some commenters immediately speculated that the pair could be up for the part of a younger Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) in the Han Solo film, if Michael B. Jordan met with Abrams then it’s specifically for Episode 7. Although we do want to see more Lando and Han!

Other unverified reports and rumors point towards Saoirse Ronan and Benedict Cumberbatch potentially joining the cast of the next Star Wars as well, with names including Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan), and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) potentially having auditioned for roles as well.

Not unlike most high profile blockbuster franchises, seemingly everyone and anyone in Hollywood will have read or at least had their agents seek out a chance to join one of the world’s most popular and recognizable entertainment brands in Star Wars.

What’s going to be key for J.J. Abrams in relaunching the live-action film franchise is overcoming the stigma associated with the prequel trilogy and special edition releases of the original trilogy. Much of that will be how Abrams presents the story and what style it embraces. We already know that Episode VII will be shot on actual film as opposed to digitally like the prequels, and in an interview with EW, the director explains that he’s attempting to craft an experience that feels “authentic”.

“I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

“It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas’] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”

Dirty up those ships and interior settings, and reduce the reliance on green screen is what we say. There was a drastic contrast between the sets and aesthetics of the vehicles and locations of the original series compared to the prequels, and if we’re going back to the originals on that front – with more practical designs, that’s at least one step in the right direction.


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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  1. *Knocks on wood*

  2. Old school film making, yes!

  3. 2015 couldn’t come any sooner :)

  4. I’m confidant jj abrams will give us something spectacular . What he did with STAR TREK in being fresh yet keeping the flavor and vibe of the original told me he’s the right man for the job. I just wonder how he’d possibly come close to that opening shot from episode IV to give the 11yr olds the same rush and aw i felt in ’77 for their generation that they could call their own .

    • I politely disagree with everything that was said about JJA BUT i’m not yet willing to have hope leave Pandora’s box.

    • Yes I also think Abrams can deliver something good, I enjoyed Into Darkness.

  5. Yes! Old, beat-up set pieces please! Sci-Fi is too sleek these days!

    • Agreed the effects in the originals I loved a lot I felt like they were really there and that I could walk all through them, hope we get something like that for the new one andit sounds like we will :)

      • Not Elysium. But that tanked. It’s an awesome movie.

  6. i need me some ewoks

    • Jedi Ewoks ? :)

    • Oh god no. No those annoying little things. Ewww

  7. I just want it to feel whimsickly and adventurous. Which jj abrams sounds like he is trying to do that but clearly when you
    watch the old star wars or indiana jones or jurassic park it just feels diffrent in a good way. With modern technology the way it is and the tech at his exposale. I believe star wars will feel eerly similar to star trek into darkness. Which to me doesnt fit the old school film making. To early to tell tho

    • Agreed. Not much story telling, lots of special effects, shooting, and explosions.

  8. It shouldn’t be too hard to rip of Lucas for “Star Wars”. I mean, Lucas ripped off Kurosawa for “Star Wars”. Static camera, inventive wipes, hey man you’re there!

    Just throw in plenty of dirt. Dirt is tangible.

    Seriously why are we even having this discussion? Because “The Empire Strikes Back” is one of the greatest films ever made, and the esteemed Mr. Lucas in on record telling Irvin Kershner “Empire didn’t have to be that good”. Think about that… the movie doesn’t actually have to be any good. Why? Because it’s a two hour twenty minute action figure commercial. Haven’t you seen “Spaceballs”?

    • If I own a company, open a franchise location, and put you in the manager position, are you “ripping me off”?

      I thought about it as you requested. We are all very well aware that merchandising is a thing. But thanks for the reminder.

      Why are we even talking about this? Why are you bringing up toy sales and Kurosawa like it’s news? Toys or no toys, Star Wars is important to a whole hell of a lot of people. They care about what these new movies will bring to the franchise. That is why we are talking about it. You seem to be an avid Star Wars historian ready to prove himself at a moments notice. So, why ask a question you already know the answer to?

      • Honestly, I agree with him. Everyone involved in the film needs to realize that merchandising brought down Star Wars and if they try it again, as C3PO said, “we’re doomed.”

  9. “Dirty up those ships and interior settings, and reduce the reliance on green screen is what we say. There was a drastic contrast between the sets and aesthetics of the vehicles and locations of the original series compared to the prequels”

    Well of course there was. That was the point! I marvel at attitudes like this which point out the obvious and pretend that it’s some kind of revelation.

    Newsflash! GL was NOT trying or had any intent of remaking the look or feel of the OT universe. This was a “more elegant and civilized age” before the OT. What’s even weirder though is that the PT went to central worlds not simply the fringe ones where the Rebels were so obviously things were going to be nicer.

    The ST should be a mix of both as it’s been 30 odd years since.

    As for greenscreen. I also have news for people. The OT used it and matte paintings and all sorts of other VFX. The PT (which BTW had more practical effects per picture than the entire OT combined) used all the same techniques as the original and more.

    It’s really quite stunning that the exact same effects that Lucasfilm pioneered and are used in every major movie are ones that people would deny to the company that created them!

    • I do not mind VFX *if* used well. I went back and rewatched Attack of the Clones this year, and was shocked by how bad some of it looks when a shot is layering a digital background, physical foreground, live actors and CGI actors. Use more practical effects, shoot it differently, and it can look much more real.

      As far as green screens, take for example the speeder bike chase in Return of the Jedi. Yes, there was a, well, blue screen used, but it was to combine real footage of the forest with real speeder bike props with real actors. It’s easy to create CGI elements, but the true sense of depth can sometimes be lost.

      Ultimately, though, I think that there are many other directors, James Cameron being an example, who have a history of using cutting-edge techniques much more effectively than George Lucas himself did on some of the prequel films. JJ Abrams has a pretty good track record for VFX usage.

    • Best post yet, so nice to see someone with common sense and that isn’t blinded by nostalgia/rose tinted glasses.

      • What’s so good about a post that completely misses the point? The problem isn’t that new technology is being used. There are plenty of movies these days that use modern effects technology perfectly (Oblivion, Elysium, Into Darkness, just to name a few). The problem is that this technology was being used in a bad and hamfisted way in the Star Wars prequels. Bad in such a way that it removed any sense of realism or danger from any scene.

        Take that scene in Revenge of the Sith during the final confrontation with Count Dokuu for example, when that piece of catwalk falls on Obi-Wan and pins him to the floor. Just look at that wretched scene! There is nothing about that shot that looks even remotely real and tangible. That piece of catwalk is clearly CGI and pushes an equally CGI Obi Wan across the floor in such a way that he looks like a friggin’ cardboard cutout that someone pushes across a table. Of course he’s only knocked out and isn’t hurt at all, even though he should have a crushed pelvis after the impact we’ve seen. Now, the same scene with a real actor or stuntman, shot from a different angle and perhaps with an actual light-weight catwalk prop and some editing magic would have made that scene infinitely better.

        The prequels are littered with stuff like that, stuff that you simply don’t see in the Original Trilogy, because the paid more attention to detail instead of just glossing over things. Combine that with the stilted acting that doesn’t hold a candle to the likable and very human characters of the Orignal Trilogy and you might start to see what our problem with the prequels is.

        • I find it comical that you desire to insert realism into a sci-fi movie. The prequels weren’t as crappy as everyone sets them out to be (except Phantom Menace)and deserves more credibility than they deserve. Of course, they do not develop the same feel the Originals have persisted throughout its trilogy but you have to remember that George had to introduce Star Wars to a generation that was accustomed to CG and resemble the beauty of the Republic (before it became the Empire).

          Hayden Christensen’s acting was not bad at all, and the love, passion, and emotion was present all throughout Episode II and Episode III. The only acting that seemed horrendous to me was Natalie Portman’s in Episode I, but Episode I is a completely different story since it has barely tapped the epitome of decency whereas Attack and Revenge drastically improved.

          I was born in 1997, and my opinion is that

          *twitches a bit*

          That Episode III is a slightly superior film than Episode V due to its emotion, darkness, and painting a new direction rather than attempting to duplicate and copy the Originals (i.e. Episode I). There, I said it! Maybe I may not be able to bang a movie-freak, nerd-invaded geek chick during my lifetime, but my opinion stands as is.

          • Thank goodness someone younger stands up and states what I’ve been thinking the whole time since the prequels released. Lucas has stated so many times that he created Star Wars for kids. He wanted to create the serial adventures that he loved when he was a kid. It just happened that he created something that resonated with so many people in the first place. His intent was always for a younger audience however. That did not change with the prequels. That’s why you have the campy humor and characters like Jar Jar and young Anakin etc. Too many people look at the series through the eyes they have now and complain that it didn’t live up to expectations. Nothing would’ve lived up to those people’s expectations because they wanted Empire x 20 and it was never going to happen.

            Were the prequels what I wanted? Not completely. There were problems with them, no doubts. The acting was forced and unbelievable in certain instances, backed up by certain actors constantly complaining about green screen (if you notice, the best performances in the PT were from stage actors who know how to play off things that aren’t there). And yes, Lucas went overboard with the GGI. But I found them entertaining. If someone doesn’t like the PT that’s fine. That’s their opinion and they’re entitled to it. But this ridiculous thing where it’s cool to bash the PT is just too over the top. Not all people hate the PT. Not all people hate Jar Jar. Not all people hate Ewoks. And not hating those things doesn’t make any of those people less of a fan.

            Nobody on this board specifically, but there are people in general that need to stop being so pretentious by hating on the prequels.

            • My negative opinion on the second trilogy isn’t based on comparing it to the original trilogy. I just didn’t like PM. I found it to be boring and poorly done. I somewhat enjoyed the second one. I liked the third one.

            • My exact feeling as well. Some view the prequels as the essence of failure and disappointment, which is deemed comprehensible since most of whom author such a claim are the fans of the Originals and were introduced to Star Wars when they were a kid. But defining the Prequel Trilogy as an abomination that has destroyed the image of Star Wars and scarred the Originals is a comment beyond illogical. Each trilogy stands on its own by different values, and has some stronger cores than each other, both films were developed during different times. I swear, most Star Wars fans are so biased.

              • I’m not in the camp of the second trilogy tarnished the first. As for your last sentence, there are millions of SW fans. So, I’m sure that you don’t know most of them. I don’t like hyperbole. It’s a lesson you should learn at a young age, since many adults that I know (see how I did that?) have a penchant for using hyperbole.

                Furthermore, I don’t feel that any cores I value are stronger in the second trilogy than the first. We’re just not going to agree on that.

            • George had a very difficult time trying to get anyone to budget the original Star Wars. Why? They weren’t going to spend that kind of money on a kids movie. He told studio after studio that “this is not a kids movie”.

              I’d have no problem with the prequel if didn’t string along fans of the original that it was “Star Wars”. They had expectations based on the original trilogy (especially IV and V). I wouldn’t say a word about them if they didn’t try to sell them as Star Wars.

              The original trilogy fans were expecting the gourmet dish, not the happy meal.

              • Fair enough. But need I remind you that every generation is introduced towards a new type of lifestyle than their predecessors. I agree that Phantom Menace did not live towards the expectations society awaited, and Attack would have been better if the pointless scenes were erased, but there is no doubt within my trait of thought that Revenge presented a great storyline, fantastic action scenes, a dark and gritty emotion, phenomenal acting, and epic special effects that is deemed comparable (if not, overpowered) Episode V (in my opinion). Each one of us is granted the right to believe whatever desires, but my love for Episode III shall pursue, no matter how bad the fanboys view it as.

                • Don’t act like a snot-nosed, punk teenager. People that have legitimate criticisms of the second trilogy aren’t fanboys. I could easily call you a fanboy for liking the second trilogy so much. It’d make more sense since you’re merely a boy.

          • Ha, I find it comical that you think think that Hayden Christensen’s acting wasn’t bad at all. I strongly disagree. I found him to be wooden and whiny. I first felt that way when I was 14 years old as I watched Episode in the theater. I still feel that way. Also, I don’t think that Episode III holds a candle to Episode V, even though III was the only somewhat good SW movie in the original trilogy.

            • Christensen was horribly miscast. One of the worst castings in history, considering the iconic character he played.

            • If you notice, all the actors who performed during the Prequels were wooden for the most part (which is not meant as an insult). Hell, even Samuel L. Jackson seemed wooden throughout the trilogy yet most Prequel Adversaries ironically did not shred his acting to pieces as Hayden and Natalie have and I sense that George influenced this wooden acting on purpose. During Attack, I concur that their portrayals for each character felt a bit too wooden, but there is no doubt that they have drastically improved during Revenge.

              Personally, I would have casted Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker rather than Hayden Christensen, but he did not tarnish the role as much as most accuse him to. Could have he done better? Yes, but he did not do as terrible as Prequel Adversaries claim to. His wooden acting is to be accused towards George Lucas since he has asked the actors to wooden up a bit and even if he did not, Anakin was not supposed to be such a glad fellow. Anakin Skywalker is a character that later evolves into one of the most iconic antagonists in cinema. He has inhaled pain and misery such as the life of a slave, the tragic and brutal death of his mother and wife facing both internal and external struggles, why does he have to be a joying character as most wanted him to be.

              • I didn’t find SL’s acting to be wooden. It was just more of a reserved role than he normally plays. As for HC, I just didn’t believe in him as Anakin. In my opinion, he just came across as lifeless and not interesting. For me, the way HC yelped “I hate you” to Ewan was just pathetic. I felt a similar way about Natalie. I didn’t feel the same way about Ewan McGregor. I think that he delivered solid acting performances in all three of the movies.

                Again, at your young age, you should learn that we all have different opinions. Just because you think that HC didn’t tarnish the role as much as some think doesn’t mean that you’re right. Furthermore, you’re misconstruing what wooden means. I don’t expect AS to be a cheerful guy after all he has gone through. I do expect HC to help make me care about what AS is going through and to properly portray AS. Also, it’s not an issue of tarnishing the role. For me, it boils down to whether I think that he delivered a good performance or not. I resoundingly do not. While GL definitely deserves some of the blame, I think that HC deserves a lot more.

                • Hayden Christensen was playing the main role of a franchise he has adored since he was a child. Maybe a case of nervousness got the best of him in Attack, but the emotion and passion was present all throughout Revenge. Out of all the dialogues, you pick the most emotional and aggressive one out of the whole entire trilogy. When he exclaimed and roared the hatred towards his former master, Hayden has accomplish to convince the audience of the angst Anakin has towards Obi-Wan. How can you not feel the hatred from that one emotional quote? How can you expect much more emotion after that quote? How was it pathetic when he exclaimed such quote? I propose that maybe your nostalgia invaded your trait of thought towards the prequels and maybe your excess of love towards the Original Trilogy has as well.

                  It is not that I believe I am correct, it is the fact of how Star Wars fans have overreacted towards the Prequels and how they’re nostalgia and the popular internet opinion has blinded enjoying such franchise. If you despise the Prequels as much as Nazi Germany, be my guest; after all, it IS you who keeps yourself from enjoying the Star Wars movies as a series and as a franchise.

                  • Wow, you’re trying too hard to defend HC. Once again, you clearly think that he accomplished something. I, and millions of others didn’t Learn how to write “I think, I believe, it’s my opinion, etc”). Also, once again, you misconstrued what I wrote. I criticized the WAY AC uttered those words, not the fact that he uttered them. I wrote earlier that my opinion of the second trilogy is not based on my opinion of the original trilogy. In my opinion, the original trilogy was FAR from perfect. I judge both trilogies on their own. So, you’re just flat-out wrong there.

                    It seems like you didn’t heed my lesson about hyperbole. I don’t hate the second trilogy nearly as much as I hate Nazi Germany. I’d chalk that up to you being a kid, but many adults have written similar nonsense. Clearly, you’re the blinded one if you can’t just accept the objective criticisms of the second trilogy. My opinion of the second trilogy as a whole will certainly not prevent me from liking future Episodes….if I deem them to be good.

                    • Lol, you accuse me of being a disrespectful kid who disregards and explodes in rage when someone disagrees when it is you doing that same exact action you are telling me not to do. Teenagers are accused of falling victim to naivety and ignorance when you are displaying both characteristics on this (and the previous) post you have authored.

                      And if you have judged both trilogies by such independence, then why did you bring up the prequels in that one post I have firstly replied towards? Ten years from now, you will be bickering how J.J. Abrams is such a horrid director and how the Sequel Trilogy were such an abomination as the Prequel Trilogy, no matter how good the Sequel Trilogy is (going to be) because fanboys (like you) will always compare the up and coming films towards the Original Trilogy.

                    • Alright, although I agree with you, this is supposed to be friendly banter. You’re getting too personal. Remember, fear leads to hate, hate leads to anger, anger leads to episodes 1, 2 and 3.

                    • Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering/prequels?

                    • I am starting to think that you’re just a teenage troll. Obviously, you should have respect for your elders. Furthermore, once again, you misconstrued what I wrote. Do you know what misconstrued means? It doesn’t seem like you do. I have no problem with you liking the second trilogy. I got a big problem with you chalking up my objective criticisms of the second trilogy to bring blinded or being a fanboy? Do you understand??? And, for you to call me naive and ignorant is absolutely pathetic and incorrect. I am not being naive or ignorant for not liking the second trilogy as much as you. I never wrote that I hated it.

                      Also, if you were as smart as you think you are (which you aren’t), you would have seen that I brought up the original trilogy merely to point out that my opinion of the second trilogy ISN’T based on the first trilogy. If you don’t believe that, then that is your problem. So, get over yourself. For you to try to predict how I am going to feel about the third trilogy makes you look like a buffoon. I liked the way JJ directed the first two Star Treks. I also like some of the comments he made about the third trilogy. So, I’d be surprised if I didn’t like the third trilogy.

                    • Actually, you were the first person to bring-up Episode V in comparison to Episode III when you opined that III is better than V. I then responded to your post and disagreed with your opinion.

          • I think after voicing these types of opinions you won’t even be able to bang your left hand.

            It’s people who have opinions like yours that are responsible for films like Gigli.

            Just know that you’re allowed your opinion and we’re all grateful you’re unable to ruin Star Wars with it.

            • I haven’t seen a weirder sentence on screenrant then your first one. What in the hell are you implying? Are you suggesting that I don’t have luck with women because I don’t like the second trilogy? If so, that makes no sense at all.

              Well, your second sentence is almost as absurd as your first. Wow, are you drunk? Do you think about what you’re going to write before you write something or would that hurt your puny brain too much?

              Well, the only thing that you got right is that I am entitled to my opinion. As for ruining SW, that’s another absurd comment. GL did much more than me to ruin the second trilogy. Furthermore, how old are you? Have you not heard negative comments about the second trilogy before? Have you had your head in the sand for over a decade?

              Basically, sit a couple of plays out and think twice about whether you should post on SR again.

              • I believe he directed that towards me but I appreciate your harsh defense sabotaging the illogic that is Steven Law 😉 .

                • I suppose that’s a possibility.

            • Steven, it seems like you didn’t respond to me. I still don’t agree with what you wrote. But, if I had decided to respond anyway, I would have been much less venomous.

          • “I find it comical that you desire to insert realism into a sci-fi movie.”

            Well, I find it sad to you don’t see the benefits of making something a little more grounded. I’d argue that realism is especially important in science-fiction, because that’s what helps selling an otherwise outlandish story or setting.

            For example: Alien is such a fantastic sci-fi classic because it made the world of space truckers and chestbursting aliens so believable. It had real actors who talked and behaved like real people in an environment that looked as real and grounded in reality as it possibly could, and not mannequins with early onset rigor mortis shuffling around in a green screen studio, spouting nonsensical lines.

            • Define realism.

              Since we have not encountered with alien life, nor anything that is sci-fi related, how do you exactly know when realism is being played out in a movie where spaceships, laserbeams, and lightsabers exist.

              • I think I have defined what I mean with “realism” in my lengthy post above. Perhaps you should have actually read it before finding it comical.

        • “The prequels are littered with stuff like that, stuff that you simply don’t see in the Original Trilogy, because the paid more attention to detail instead of just glossing over things.”

          They couldn’t even bother to write an actual song for the band to play in the cantina. They just loop the same 8 seconds of music over and over.

          • While they did loop parts in the cut of the movie, there is a full song on the soundtrack so you’re wrong and right.

      • Agreed. Such an astute post by Ryan.

      • The idea that people who don’t like the prequels are just looking at the movies through a lens of nostalgia is mind-boggling to me. If you liked the prequels that’s great, but they are just objectively worse movies than the original trilogy. They lack any of the charm or emotional punch that the older movies deliver.

        If you’d like a comprehensive breakdown of why the movies suck, google “mr. plinkett phantom menace review”.

        • Bingo.

  10. Star-Wars? Fulla bores! I lost interest after the 3rd. movie created (Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, etc.). Good for those people who are fans of it, tho, I suppose.

  11. I just wanna say.. If they are making an origin film about Bobba Fett, they need to put him on Episode 7. something like oh! he didnt die after all.

    Cause you know, It would be dumb to make an epic origin story of a bounty hunter character who ends up in the stomach of some desert monster.

    Personally I dont need Bobba Fett anymore, nor his origin story.
    I think it was enough (and absurd)the tale George Lucas told the world abouth the character in Episode 2.

    • Nerd rant incoming…

      Boba Fett didn’t die. He escaped. There are books and comics and I have no girlfriend at the moment.

      • Books and Comics (i.e. Expanded Universe) don´t count in the official timeline of the movies.

        • Lies. Star Wars canon is ‘complex’ to say the least. There’s that one genius who stays on top of everything and the fact that a job exists where there’s a person who has to regulate everything suggests how complicated it all is.

          It’s not a case of films and TV shows and books and comics all being incompatible – there are just different ‘levels’ of canon. Basically, the main Episode films supercede everything else. If the films explicitly stated him to have died, that’s what counts. However, Boba Fett survives in a fair bit officially acknowledged Star Wars material.

          Officially in Star Wars, Boba Fett survives the sarlacc unless the opposite is proven in new Episodes, new content officiated by the Star Wars gods or a specific statement made by someone with the creative influence to make such a decision e.g. George Lucas.

          • As of Sep. 21 2013, Bobba Fett is dead. Dude, He was just a secondary villain anyway.

            • RIP Bobba. At least Boba is still alive and kicking. Yes, he was a bit-part in Empire and Jedi, but they vastly expanded his story in various other media.

              Star Wars is good at that sort of thing. For instance, one of the dancers in the background in Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi was actually an Imperial spy that ended up marrying Luke Skywalker.

              And I believe it’s spelt, ‘Hyuga.’ Possibly with a line above the u.

              • It´s hyOga dummy.

                • I’m pretty sure I know how to spell your intended username better than you do.

                  • ok.

  12. I think its funny how all you so called fans rip on Lucas for the green screen and cgi effects. But yet praise j.j. abrams for the so called reboot of star trek. you know they used just as much green screen and cgi in his crappy movies as Lucas. NO diffrence you people will hate regardless. Abrams and disney will ruin the star wars brand.

    • ^^^
      Seriously. The special effects in Into Darkness looked just as fake, much of the time. Not excited to see Abrams’ Star Wars but maybe he will happily surprise me.

      • A lot of us were dissatisfied with Into Darkness. It made some money, but among us Trekkies of old, it has been voted one of the worst movies. Abrams is very overrated as well, but having said all that, I am hoping that he does a good job with Star Wars (and stays away from doing further Star Treks in the process).

    • Actually, you’re wrong, Justin. I found the special effects to be used a lot better in his two ST movies than the special effects in the second trilogy. Plus, I enjoyed those two movies much more than the second trilogy. Furthermore, that’s merely your uninformed decision that the ST movies are crappy and that Abrams/Disney will ruin SW.

  13. Whoa. What an incredible responsibility lies in JJ’s hands. I vote for an unique cinematographic style (no lens flares, pls!)

  14. an “origins” of Yoda sounds better than a Han Solo or Boba Fett spin-offs

    • it’s like…
      Yoda is to Star Wars, what Wolverine is to X-Men

  15. Best post yet, so nice to see someone with common sense and that isn’t blinded by nostalgia/rose tinted glasses.

  16. I think that it’d be awesome if Billy Dee Williams returned as Lando.

  17. Would be great to see Jordan in there, right now he is in Oscar contention for his role in Fruitvale Station.

  18. Guess these two actors are in the running for the Black character with more than one line role.

  19. STFU rob keyes.

    • Hi Kurt!

      You sound like a nice person :)

      • Haha, well-played, Rob.

  20. Let’s get the facts straight. The phantom menace was shot on film, not digital. Also, there are plenty of examples of the “lived in look” in the prequels. I swear, most of you will hate the new movies. If u think Abrams and co. will make something as entertaining and innovative as a new hope, keep dreaming.

    • I’m afraid you’re right.

  21. Hey guys there’s a rumor and keep in mindi don’t know how reliable it is but there’s a rumor that Kenedy and Lucas recently met with Daniel Day Lewis what did they talk about no one knows but of course everyone is saying and some are dreaming it was about star wars. What do you guys think can you picture Lewis in a Star Wars movie?

  22. It might be good. I hope they won’t have annoying charterers like Jar-Jar or the battle droids who talked like they were three years old.

  23. Unrelated, but related. I just watched Raiders of the Lost Ark with my daughter tonight. It was her first time seeing it. That movie hit the nail on the head. Sure there was lots of action, but there was lots of story too. And most importantly was really well filmed scenes. The scene where Indy is in the map room. Look at the cinematography of that scene, the camera angles, the buildup music. The scene where he opens the Well of the Souls as well. These days films have totally sacrificed the “art” of film making with the “boom” of film making. Special effects and action are great, but you really need character development, effective cinematography and proper plot development. I just imagine a movie like The Godfather done with today’s movie standards. Don’t think it could be done these days. Hoping the new Star Wars can bring us back to the days of great films, but I really kind of doubt it. Won’t be as bad as the prequels, but the days of cutting edge films are behind us.