‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Set 30 Years After ‘Return of The Jedi’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 19th, 2014 at 7:24 am,

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Star Wars fans have been eager for some solid news to break up the never-ending rumors or casting choices that seem to have a fair number of people scratching their heads. For every discussion about how much of the story will be dedicated to re-visiting old characters, or what Expanded Universe material the filmmakers could be using for the sequel trilogy, there’s been just as much (if not more) curiosity about what the story will be about, what new characters we could see – and of course, how J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII fits into the overall timeline of the Star Wars saga.

As to that latter point, we now have answer for the chronology of Episode VII: it takes place 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The Episode VII chronology was revealed by a source named Ben Fritz (via Twitter), reporting from an Disney earnings calls where Bob Iger reportedly dropped some Star Wars details:

Hardcore Star Wars fans are no doubt going to dissect that time setting for possible clues as to Episode VII‘s plot – and a likely starting point is once again going to be EU literature.


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  1. Personally, I think the EU should be used sparingly. As a history buff I’d like to see it parallel the history of Rome somewhat. When Gauis Julius Caesar was murdered, it did not end the Roman Empire that he began by seizing power and making himself dictator. Palpatine ruled for about what, 20-25 years. The Republic is still the republic. How many citizens supported the Emperor? How many citizens were sick of the Jedi? How many citizens knew he was Sith?

    • But was there a large-scale armed rebellion precipitating Caesar’s death? I’m not enough of a history buff to be able to answer that, but Palpatine’s demise seems a bit different than Caesar’s. Maybe I’m wrong?

    • Also, on a realistic note. After 20+ years in power, the Emperor had many allies and people whose entire life/wealth/power were tied to him and the role of Emperor. It is one of the reasons there were many Caesars and later Tzars. Yup, Tzar/Czar comes from Caesar.

    • It was common knowledge that Palpatine was a Sith, but that really didn’t mean much to the average citizen. As long as the trains still run on time. :)

      I think there are better historical parallels than the fall of Rome. One would be the Whiskey Rebellion that took place after the American Revolution. Basically, America was seriously cash strapped in its early days, so several taxes were levied that were very unpopular. Tax collectors were often attacked and eventually Washington had to decide if he was going to send in the military to uphold the law. A serious moral conundrum. He was also battling political rivals that favored a more monarchistic government with close ties to the British Empire.

      And of course there’s WWII. After Hitler was defeated, Germany was divided between the East and the West and thus began the Cold War. I could see the Separatist wanting to get the band back together after the fall of the Empire. Perhaps this new trilogy ends with them rejoining the Republic.

      • I’d almost guarantee Lucas was not thinking of the Whiskey Rebellion when he was inventing galactic history in his SW universe.

        • Why not? If you’re going to look a real world examples of what happens post-rebellion it’s a pretty good one.

          • Like I said ” I don’t think Lucas…”

            I was not giving an option on your idea. But, if you want one then I would say stick to Roman history which few no anything about in detail and even fewer have any political beliefs tied to.

            • *know

            • Well first off, you just misquoted yourself. Secondly, Lucas doesn’t shy away from using the familiar in Star Wars. In the Making of RotJ, Lucas talks about Nixon being the inspiration for Palpatine. And look at all the parallels that the prequels had for what was going on at that point in history. President Bush was criticized for expanding executive powers and leading us into war after the crisis that was 9/11. Sounds a lot like AotC.

              • Should have left off the quotes, i was paraphrasing.

                Lucas had many influences and inspirations. Clearly one of those was the Roman Empire/Republic. I don’t count the prequels or anything said about them. Remember, Lucas made some changes to the original trilogy which made no sense.

                Little known fact, Lucas’s ex wife was a big part of the first trilogy. I always wonder if that is why he draws a blank on some stuff or says something which makes no sense. Han shot first, Greedo never fired; why did he change that scene years later. Im an OG Lucas fan.

                • Marcia really didn’t have much at all to do with Star Wars. And she had left Lucas before RotJ. It’s been speculated that Lucas decided to wrap up the saga prematurely because of his divorce and wanting to take time to raise his kids, which is why RotJ changed dramatically.

                  As for why Greedo shoots first, Lucas said that he didn’t think it was clear enough in the original version that Greedo intended to kill Han. If you already thought that Han was about to be killed then yes, the change is not necessary. I always thought that Greedo was just going to take Han to talk with Jabba, which meant that Han really didn’t need to kill Greedo. If that’s the case then Han will kill someone just because they piss him off. That’s not something that good guys do.

      • I don’t think it was common knowledge. Not heard that, do you have a source? Is it from the movies/Clone Wars or from EU?

        • The novelization for RotS makes it abundantly clear. And keep in mind that Lucas did work with the writers for the novelizations.

          Dave Filoni also talked about it in a Clone Wars featurette (can’t recall which one). It was with regard to what would have happened if Mace had actually killed Palpatine. What he said was that Mace would have been arrested and put on trial for murder. The fact that Palpatine was a Sith wouldn’t have mattered to anyone.

          • The thing is that the Sith were barely known to the Jedi. So, how would the average citizen know what a Sith is? Not like Palpatine went around zapping people. He was always cloaked in the shadows, literally.

            If the people were ok taking down the Jedi with no uprising then the Jedi could not have been very popular. I don’t think the average citizen had any idea that Palpatine was a force user.

            • If it is in the novelization then it is. The prequels were so poorly handled from an overall plot continuity standpoint, imo.

              • That’s really two different questions. Did everyone know Palpatine was a Sith? Yes. Did they know who/what the Sith were? Probably not. But more importantly, did they care? Apparently not.

                And yes, the Jedi were very unpopular. We saw anti-war protestors in front of the Jedi Temple in TCW and when Palpatine said that the remaining Jedi would be hunted down, he got a standing ovation.

            • That’s really two separate questions. Was it common knowledge that Palpatine was a Sith? Yes. Did the average person have any idea what that meant? Probably not.

              And yes, the Jedi were horribly unpopular. In the Clone Wars, you have anti-war protestors in front of the Jedi Temple. And when Palpatine says that the Jedi will be hunted down in RotS, he gets a standing ovation.

            • That’s really two different questions. Do they know he’s a Sith? Yes. Do they know who/what the Sith are? Probably not.

              And yes, the Jedi were not very popular. In The Clone Wars, you see anti-war protestors outside of the Jedi Temple. And in RotS, when Palpatine says that the remaining Jedi will be hunted down, he gets a standing ovation.

        • That’s really two different questions. Did everyone know Palpatine was a Sith? Yes. Did they know who/what the Sith were? Probably not. But more importantly, did they care? Doesn’t look like it.

          And yes, the Jedi were very unpopular. In TCW, you had anti-war protesters outside the Jedi Temple and in RotS, when Palpatine said that the remaining Jedi would be hunted down, he got a standing ovation.

  2. I hope they don’t have them fighting giant bugs I want to see Star Wars not Starship Troopers with lightsabers.

  3. What the hell does a year mean anyway in the Star Wars universe? Whose year are we using? This isn’t Star Trek where they could use an Earth (Terran) year to measure time.

    • Well, go by biological years of the cast.

    • A “Year” in Star Wars is based on a Coruscant year, which is 24 hours, and 368 days. The Galactic Standard Calender is based on an epoch of The Battle of Yavin, with things taking place before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and After (ABY).

  4. This is what we’ve come to? A nameless, faceless Troll on twitter vomits out 90 characters and he becomes “A SOURCE”? Fine, The story will revolve around Lea and Chewbacca’s illegitimate children. Quote me. I’m A SOURCE. At least as reliable as “someone using the name Ben Fritz via twitter who, oddly, seems to have been the only person holding Disney shares that got the memo”. Especially since I hold Disney shares and did not get the memo.

  5. I think the main villain for the next Star Wars trilogy should be Darth Plagueis. He is referenced in Episode 3-Revenge of the Sith. He has survived all this time by swapping bodies. For instance, his apprentice didn’t kill him. He became the apprentice. And when that body got too old, he got a new, younger one. But not just anybody will do. He must seek out individuals with whom the force is strong. Now, he has his sight on Jacen Solo or Ben Skywalker.