Forget The Justice League, forget The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, all of those. The most anticipated movie of our time is easily J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII: A New New Hope. Set many years into the future from Return of the Jedi (presumably real time, about 30 years), this new film will feature new characters, possibly the offspring of Han and Leia. The script, by Michael Arndt, appears to call for a passing of the torch from our old heroes to these new characters. The question is, however, just who from the Original Trilogy will be on-hand to usher in the new generation?
So far, Mark Hamill has been confirmed to play Luke Skywalker. The actor has said he is meeting with Arndt to discuss the possibilities for his character, but his own early speculation has suggested his role would be similar to Obi Wan Kenobi from A New Hope. While Harrison Ford has not made any statements regarding his own role, it has been reported by Latino Review that his people are talking to Lucasfilm, err, Disney’s people.
The next name to pop up is Carrie Fisher, who, in an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, confirmed her own involvement with the new film, playing an aged, but still spunky, Leia Organa.
It looks like the pieces are coming together to have a real crowd-pleasing, continuity-preserving, ass-kicking Star Wars sequel. We still have to wait on other Original Trilogy figures like the most handsome man in the galaxy, Lando Calrissian; the invincible pilot, Wedge Antilles; and Han Solo’s loyal sidekick, Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, who most recently donned the fur to play the character in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.
Who else from the classic movies would you like to see return for Episode VII? Sound off in the comments and let the speculation commence!