Gosh I hope there will be Mouse Droids in the new movies!
StarWars.com announced a list of crew members for the film today:
Of note is that Michael Arndt is no longer working on the script - instead it's Lawrence Kasdan and JJ Abrams. I'm a little saddened that Arndt isn't involved anymore, and I don't know how Abrams is as a writer, but Kasdan should do well here. I don't recognize many of the names, but Ben Burtt and Matt Wood are confirmed to be back, which is fairly obvious but still great to hear.
I read an article that Harrison Ford has finally signed on - for 3 new movies as Han Solo!
Also in his contract was that Disney would move to turning out a script for Indiana Jones 5 before the end of 2014.
It is no secret that Han Solo is second to Indiana Jones in Ford's heart.
He required seeing a brand new story arc for Han Solo taking him through all 3 new movies (Ep 7-9).
Though the story is rumored to turn to the "usual Star Wars age" generation of 20-30 somethings, - (Jaina Ben, Allanah - well she's 9), it appears Grandpa Solo is going to have a big role to play, as Harrison basically got that guaranteed in his contract.
I hope he will start to love the new Han Solo as much as we expect to, as then his performance will really shine. And he is the clout carrying cast member with the most weight in this new Star Wars project.
Jaina (Fel) Solo continues to be strongly rumored.
Less has been said about Ben Skywalker, but George Lucas had said he'd planned on showing Luke training his son.
Jaina 32 (possibly Empress of the Fel Dynasty of the true Galactic Empire)
Ben 22 (Luke's son with Mara Skywalker)
Allanah 9 (the late Jacen Solo / Darth Caedus' daughter with Tenel Ka of the Hapan Empire)
Adding fuel to the validity fire behind one part of this, is that Del Rey Books had been asked to prepare a 3 book trilogy starring Jaina Solo (Fel?) to begin coming to market throughout 2014 into 2015.
It seems the EU will have a role in the movies. I hope so. And that does not mean you need to read "Children of the Jedi" or "Planet of Twilight" - spare yourself a lot of misery.
"New Jedi Order" will likely be essential though.
That could also mean Chewbacca will remain dead. A new actor cast for the role of Chewie could be for a between movie with a young Han Solo. In that, Darth Vader, Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, and Temmura Morrison or Daniel Logan as Boba Fett might return.
With Disney setting up between-movies to come out during non-Episode movie years, they can totally mislead us on 7-8-9 by saying "Yoda is in the next movie," etc.
Note that Ewan McGreggor wants to come back and could just as well be in ANY Star Wars movie. But we all love Ewan!
I doubt they would stay true to the NJO story and allow Chewie to be killed off off screen. Same thing with Jaina/Jacen. I doubt they would pick up a story line of one twin dead and one alive off camera.
Originally Posted by Tycho
Anybody get an updated SW user license agreement email lately? Since Disney bought them from Lucasfilm, their agreements aren't the same (I am guessing I got one sent since apparently I must still be registered for their Captions Contests or something).
The thing is - in the publishing world of which I'm now a part of with my trademarked novel series (first 2 books to be released soon) - old stories still make money and you want to keep them in print if part of a series.
Originally Posted by Darth Metalmute
Splinter of the Minds Eye is still in print.
The EU worked around that so Vader confronts Luke, knowing who he is, and DECIDES NOT to tell him he's his father until he tests Luke - then later tells him in their "2nd confrontation" on Cloud City.
And people still like "Splinter."
Chewie and Jacen Solo could be killed off screen, or in an opening montage of some sort (like what you see in Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films 2 and 3) and they do not need to "waste time" going over stories the EU has already done.
THERE WERE 3 JAINA SOLO BOOKS just ordered up by Del Rey for release in 2014-2015. Casting for Han Solo's daughter (last name pretty sure to be Solo) has been confirmed by actresses who allegedly read for it but have no reason to lie about it.
Jaina's got to be in her late 20's to early 30's to match Leia's age when she had her (28 in the Thrawn trilogy). They can cast a younger actress who will eventually be Jaina's age during episode 8 or 9 filming. Carrie Fisher was 17 in her screen tests for Leia when she portrayed Leia at 19.
If they cast Chewie even for an opening montage that recovers NJO events and his death, they can hire the same actor for a broader role in a Han Solo / Boba Fett / Jabba The Hutt between movies story - likely set between ROTS and ANH with a new Young Han Solo (age 20-25 or so).
Meanwhile, they'd have to mention Jacen.
1) Who is Allanah Solo's daddy? If Carrie's joke wasn't far off the mark, that she will play Grandma Leia, then who is her grandchild? Allanah Solo. And how is that possible? Jacen Solo - Leia's son.
2) Jaina is a more complicated, established Jedi character - capable of being the tough personality that sees her become Empress Jaina Fel and founder of the Imperial Knights if she has gone through her dark journey and already killed her own brother.
3) If there is a love triangle and Zekk turns to the Dark Side, (Jaina has to wind up marrying Jag Fel, Baron Fel's son), then Jaina can be torn and have some experience with what Zekk is going through because Jaina has already confronted her own brother.
Chewie is too important of a character and has too complex of a death for an opening montage/opening credit crawl death. In order to explain his death to people who haven't read the EU, you have to mention the Vong, a planet falling on him, saving Anakin Solo, explaining who Anakin Solo is, and then explaining why he is dead. Then you have to include in the same opening montage/opening credit crawl who Jacen is, why he turned into Darth Cadus, how he is Allanah's mother, and how he met her mother.
Both stories are way to much for a single movie, let alone a 5 minute bit story.
As for the Jaina Solo three book series, that could easily be explained considering she is is the one left at this point in the EU. There is a strong possibility (and more likely) that they continue the EU as is, and the new movies go there own path.
Personally, if they chose to follow the EU, I would hope they picked it up after the Vong series but before the Cadus Series. The fall of a twin to the dark side, and the final battle between twins, is too good a story to pass up. Plus, its the easiest time frame to pick up, it meets the supposed setting, and if they decide to, they can ignore the Vong series altogether and keep Chewie alive.
Chewie might not be in Episode 7 because Han Solo is mad at him. Apparently he slept with Princess Leia.
Harrison Ford explains it all on Jimmy Kimmel.
Then Jaina is a half human/half wookiee creature? Awesome.
Not exactly. She saw that commercial for No!No! (painless hair remover) advertised on Coruscant.
(The Star Wars version of Billy Mays looks a lot like Watto.)
Chewie bought it for her as he didn't want to break Han's heart.
But it still makes sense: Chewie's nephew Lowbacca (Lowiee) is a Wookiee Jedi and best pal of both the Solo twins. Now it can figure where Jaina could get her Jedi powers from. She's Lowiee's first cousin.
Also, if Chewie is already dead in Episode 7, we won't have that awkward moment (ripping off ESB) where Chewie say's "Jaina, I am your father!"
But Harrison Ford seems to be working up to be in character when he yells back at his old pal "No! That's not true! That's impossible!"
It's starting to feel like classic Star Wars all over again!
There is another video with J.J. Abrams and Billy Dee Williams, plus William Shatner:
JJ takes suggestions from fans and accepts that Captain James T. Kirk must appear to save Star Wars and use his gifts with the ladies to convince Princess Leia to "get it on" with Chewbacca. Watch the video. This is very serious business! (and real).
Billy Dee suggests that Episode 7 should be just 2 solid hours of Lando getting it on with girls across the galaxy. (Abrams seems disappointed because the fan before Billy Dee excited Abrams by suggesting there should be a lightsaber battle in Episode 7).
That fan said that if Mark Hamill was in the movie, he should play Luke Skywalker and use a lightsaber. Abrams puzzled over this and appeared as if the thought had never occurred to him.
Then Billy Dee Williams interjects that the movie should focus on Lando's sweet love-making.
I don't know if Lando will appear in all 7,8, and 9, but Billy is obviously lobbying for the return of Calrissian in some capacity. It would be nice to see.
Note: Lando is married to a blonde white woman (Mrs. Calrissian) in the post NJO expanded universe. Maybe his cameo is when his wife shoots him because Lando also "gets it on" with Princess Leia. "Well, what have we here? I'm Lando Calrissian. I'm the administer of JJ Abrams' Star Wars pornography."
Don't worry mods - the video is clean. It was from a public broadcast. But William Shatner did hand illustrate what it would look like with Chewie and Princess Leia "doing it" but you can't see specific body parts though the "positioning" of Shatner's drawing is ummm - specific.