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Michael Fassbender Added To 'Star Wars 7' Rumor Mill; Luke, Leia & Han Reportedly Lead Characters In Sequel

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 12, 2014 9:07 AM
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Is it any surprise that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is engaging some of the biggest stars in Hollywood? Ever since the Disney/Lucasfilm deal went down and J.J. Abrams started work on "Star Wars: Episode 7," there have been no shortage of names rumored for the project. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton and, most recently, Jesse Plemons have all been said to be eyed or have read or been considered. But before all of them, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were reported to be returning to reprise their turns as Luke, Han and Leia. And it seems they will be a crucial part of the new trilogy.

According to THR, the long running rumor that "Star Wars 7" will focus on the offspring of Luke, Han and Leia is true, but instead, the children will be in supporting roles, with the classic characters in the lead. The trade reveals that Abrams wants audiences to "have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off." This appears to be part of the reason why Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties on the sequel from Michael Arndt, with characters from the latter's draft reportedly excised,  replaced and/or rewritten given the new focus of the sequel. (Among the changes: Obi-Wan Kenobi now apparently has a daughter or granddaughter; Tye Sheridan read to play a young character that is now no longer part of the film.)

It's an interesting maneuver, one that suggests Disney and Abrams are playing it a bit safe with "Star Wars 7," giving fans of the franchise the characters they know and love. And perhaps this is what we can expect from the franchise going forward: the mainline series not deviating too wildly from the six films that have come already, with the spinoff movies perhaps allowing for a few more risks to be taken. And one can't argue with the decision of giving Luke, Han and Leia one more time at bat before the franchise moves ahead with their children.

Lots to ponder as Abrams continues to meet with actors, with Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving also thrown into the rumor mill, and Weaving being eyed to play an Imperial Commander. 

"Star Wars: Episode 7" arrives on December 18, 2015.


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6 Comments

  • John45 | January 13, 2014 1:59 AMReply

    Star Wars IS about the Skywalker family is it not? its a big universe, but the story IS NOT about 2I9G, Buck Do-gooder or any minor character. Han Leia Luke etc wont be running around like in the OT, but it doesn't mean they cant see a bit of action and have plenty of screen time. I take it most of the people that comment are younger than 30!!

  • Michael | January 12, 2014 11:22 PMReply

    If Michael Fassbender joins the cast of Star Wars, I don't see how it's possible for him to stay on with the Assassins Creed movie. It could happen, I don't know but if he has a good reason to leave Assassins Creed, it would be Star Wars.

  • la2000 | January 12, 2014 8:32 PMReply

    So, like a geriatric "Star Wars"?

    Han Solo fights off the villainy of the Empire from his Hoveround scooter?

    Princess Leia trades in her chainmail bikini for Depends?

    Luke needs a hip replacement?

    A noted director once pointed out that it is hard to make elderly physical comedy funny when the audience is worried the actor might hurt themselves. I think he was talking about why the last Lucy show in the 80's was such a bust.

    And I believe that rule probably applies to sci fi action as well.

    Featured roles for the original cast: yes.

    Leading roles for the original cast: ridiculous.

  • Julian | January 13, 2014 2:27 AM

    yes because Ian Mckellen was so hard to watch as a lead in the LotR and the Hobbit... stop being so negative about this, it is a fine move. plus they are all well younger than he is too. Mckellen as 20 years on Hamill... it will be fine.

  • Brandon | January 12, 2014 3:36 PMReply

    Episode 7 is going to focus on the original cast, not the entire trilogy.

  • So | January 12, 2014 12:06 PMReply

    A whole new trilogy about the same characters as the previous two, because why challenge yourself to create something when you can just repackage something else. After all, the content of these blockbusters doesn't seem to matter to audiences these days, just a familiar name, some famous faces, and a mildly tweaked variation on bombast. All the money gets dumped into the infernal churn of mindless films for dim and unadventurous audiences.

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