Star Wars

So it appears rumors of the release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7" are now floating and it may possibly maybe hit theaters in December 2015. This has caused no small amount of consternation among some fans insisting that "Star Wars" movies must be released in the summer (you can't camp out in the snow!) with thinkpieces already in place about what it could all mean. We'll just wait for Disney to unveil the actual date whenever they feel like it, but until then, here's a bracing reminder that J.J. Abrams and company have a lot to make up for.

Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse recently let loose on his feelings about George Lucas' prequels and like many of us, he was kinda bummed out when he saw them. "I didn't like 'Star Wars' I, II and III at all. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies," he told Hull Daily Mail, adding: "There's no comparison with the original movies. They had a much more believable story."

Huh, we've heard a lot of complaints about those episodes over the years, but "believability" was not the top factor for why they didn't work. Nonetheless, the past is the past and Prowse would love to return to the franchise, and yes, he realizes Vader is dead. "Unfortunately, Darth Vader was killed off," he laments. "But it would be nice to come back and do another character, because no one's ever seen my face. I was never unmasked."

Maybe as a Force Ghost perhaps, but this time with his own voice instead of Sebastian Shaw who did that duty in 'Return Of The Jedi'? Anyway, there's still two more years to go until "Star Wars: Episode VII — Force Ghost Protocol Into Darkness" arrives, so plenty of opportunity for Prowse and whoever else to campaign for roles in the seventh chapter of the franchise. [The Guardian]