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J.J. Abrams Aims To Make "Emotional And Authentic" 'Star Wars 7,' More Names Linked To Sequel

by Cain Rodriguez
September 20, 2013 9:01 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'

With over two years to go until its rumored release date, it’s time for another check-in with Disney’s plan for world domination, “Star Wars: Episode 7.” EW caught up with the man of mystery himself, J.J. Abrams, for a couple of questions and there’s another casting rumor floating around.

First up, Abrams spoke to EW for a very brief -- two questions total -- conversation in which he lays out his modest goal for the film: “I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible.” In response to a follow-up question about all of the unsolicited advice -- *cough* us *cough* --  online about the new trilogy, Abrams spoke about one comment that hit home: “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.” So, no pressure.

Of course, it’s not a “Star Wars” update without some casting rumors and the guys at Latino Review, as always, don’t disappoint. According to the site’s sources, David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan are rumored to have both had meetings about an undisclosed role. Lando Calrissian’s son? Will the new trilogy just be “Muppet Babies” but with lightsabers and John Williams’ score? What do you folks think? Could the role be a character with a connection to a pre-existing character from the original films or is the role something completely different? Or does Jordan’s inclusion indicate a possible “Creed” crossover? We can only hope.

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  • wa wa maaa | September 22, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    a nice movie ....
    spaceships exploding....
    hans solo mugging for camera....
    no cgi characters please!!!!

  • Mark | September 20, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    I'm not a fan of JJ at all but I kind of feel sorry for him now. There's no way he can pull this off. Love him or hate him Star Wars is 100% George Lucas. His corny dialogue, his naive outlook on life, his love for mythology and anthropology, his love of Kurosawa's staging, framing and cutting. The best JJ can do is turn in a passable corporate blockbuster. It won't feel like Star Wars though. I'd love to be proved wrong, but JJ just isn't up to the job.

  • Chong | September 20, 2013 11:54 PM

    Cauron was the only one who could have pulled it off, but I also fear that Abrams is going to come off as a mere copy of copy.

  • vinny | September 20, 2013 4:01 PMReply

    My take is there is no way in hell this is going to be good. Where George Lucas became mired in the details of his imagination, Abrams his going to go too far in the opposite direction and make it just another loud CGI summer blockbuster.

  • Chris | September 20, 2013 11:36 AMReply

    Wow. So that's how you make films is it. Shame he didn't do that with Star Trek into darkness.

  • Ugh | September 20, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    I think J.J. Abrams can say whatever the hell he WANTS Star Wars 7 to be. But, until the movie is actually done there's no way of knowing what it WILL be.

  • rodie | September 20, 2013 10:54 AMReply

    Um, yeah so obviously if an African American actor is being cast, he MUST be related to Lando. WOW Playlist. Wow.

  • Rob | September 21, 2013 6:42 PM

    Jar Jar's "brother"?

  • Tally | September 20, 2013 12:31 PM

    Actually mace windu's cousin.

  • marko | September 20, 2013 9:55 AMReply

    That's now how Muppet Babies worked!

  • Jayson | September 21, 2013 6:39 PM

    Wow, Cain is way off the mark on this one. I really do doubt that they will use muppets to portray the characters. I think they will stick with humans or possibly humans wearing muppet costumes, but not actual muppets per se. The use of Ewoks was appropriate in Jedi, but I can't see the whole cast in furry outfits working for Episode VII.

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