SPOILER WARNING!!! The following casting news could, and probably will, be considered a spoiler by a lot of you so if you don't want to know who's returning for Saw VII then you should stop reading now.
For die hard fans of the long-running and shockingly successful Saw franchise, you'll probably be glad that there's been as many movies from the series as there has been. For the rest of us (either those who loathe the series or enjoyed the first couple and have tolerated the rest) it's gone beyond surprising and irritating, to just plain ridiculous.
Nevertheless, the Saw franchise has continued to make serious money at the box office (when compared to the relatively small amount they cost to make) so it's inevitable the studio will keep making more.
We've been hearing details about Saw VII ever since they announced it but one key detail of note is from last month when Saw VII writer Patrick Melton did an interview, pointing out that we'd be seeing characters from past films returning. I guessed that he was hinting at Dr. Lawrence Gordon who was last seen at the end of the first movie, crawling out of the dirty bathroom minus a foot after he cut it off to escape.
Well, either I have psychic abilities or it was an obvious thing to guess at. I'm going to go with the former :P ...
Lionsgate (via Bloody-Disgusting) has confirmed the cast for Saw VII and it includes Cary Elwes a.k.a. Dr. Lawrence Gordon. The rest of the cast includes Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Gina Holden, Chad Donella, Laurence Anthony, Dean Armstrong and Naomi Snieckus. Bloody-Disgusting have also heard rumors that Monica Potter (Dr. Gordon's wife) might be returning but that's not been confirmed.
The studio also released the official synopsis for the movie:
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...
Getting back to the return of Dr. Gordon for a minute, how do you suppose he will play into the overall scheme of things? I've said before I think a perfect way to end the series (it's undecided if this will be the last one) would be for him to be behind the carrying on of Jigsaw's work [SPOILER!] after he was killed at the end of Saw III. It would be in the same vein as what happened with his apprentice, Amanda, where Gordon sees Jigsaw as someone who helped him and he is now carrying on his "good work."
That's my theory and I'm stickin' to it :) .
What are your thoughts on Cary Elwes a.k.a. Dr. Gordon returning for Saw VII? Good idea or should it be left open ended as to what happened to him after he escaped from the bathroom?
Saw VII will be shot and released in 3D on October 22nd, 2010, going head-to-head with Paranormal Activity 2.
Source: Lionsgate via Bloody-Disgusting