Let the rumors begin. Now that we know that “Star Wars: Episode VII” is a go, and that fanboy deity J.J. Abrams is on board to helm, casting rumors are beginning to abound. Your friendly neighborhood Fanboys Examiner will try to sort them out for you.
In order, The Latino Review has already reported that Harrison Ford’s return as Han Solo is a done deal. I’m not personally sure I’m ready to take that one to the bank, they aren’t revealing their sources, but they’re on the record.
Then we have Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Hamill has been quoted as saying on ET Online via Geeks of Doom, that while there aren’t any signed contracts, Disney, the new owner of LucasFilm, is courting original cast members Hamill, Ford and Carrie Fisher, and want them to meet with screenwriter Michael Arndt.
Obviously, being able to add the original cast members would be a huge marketing asset, and being able to put the now elder characters in a position to mentor new, younger characters would probably be a useful storytelling device, well in keeping with the classic mythic structure that runs rampant in the original “Star Wars.”
The title of that 1977 movie, by the way, was “Star Wars.” No episode. Trust me. I was it at least 7 times in the theater, and that was the title. That stuff all came later. We all know how George Lucas likes to retool the “Star Wars” movies, and finding the original 1977 version is almost impossible now. You’d probably have to find a VHS version on EBay.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is currently slated for a May, 2015 release.