Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds
With the impending filming of the latest trilogy of the most renowned saga in film history to begin in Spring of next year, it’s time to look at reasons to get excited for its return. There is plenty to look forward to upon its scheduled release in 2015 if you’re a fan of any of the films, if you were but lost faith from ooooooh, let’s say, 1999 onwards and possibly even if you haven’t seen any of them prior. Let’s have a gander at what the future’s got in store for a galaxy far, far away…
1. New Beginning
With 2005’s The Revenge of the Sith concluding a pretty dire prequel trilogy, a lot of people were left with a very bitter taste in their mouths. The action was visually spectacular, the lightsaber duels were much more exuberant than their lacklustre predecessors but none of this really made up for some downright diabolical writing and potentially interesting villains that died after a few lines of dialogue.
Now, with Disney’s ownership of Lucasfilm, an academy award-nominated writer (Michael Arndt for Toy Story 3) and J.J. Abrams manning the helm after rebooting the Star Trek franchise with roaring success, the future’s looking decidedly bright for this new trilogy, and that’s not a reference to Abrams’ trademark lens-flare.
2. New Tricks, Old Faces
It is all but confirmed that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be returning for the new trilogy after leaving their iconic roles behind in 1983, with Ford stating that he is still undecided about jumping into the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit for one last spin as Han Solo. Here’s hoping we’ll see the likes of other old favourites such as Billy Dee Williams as Lando. In addition, veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan has recently joined the team after co-writing 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi in 1983.
3. Back to Basics
As mentioned before the prequel trilogy boasted a lot in the way of special effects and visuals but in the meantime, sacrificed a lot of its soul and had neither the characters, the dialogue nor the plot to compensate. Abrams has stated recently; “I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible”. He goes on to say that this is because he read somewhere that a fan just hoped Episode 7 would be a lot more “real” and the man himself hopes to capture the “excitement” the original trilogy infused in him when he was 11. Amen.
Oh yes, it’s already confirmed that there will be films aside from the new trilogy that will deal with some of Star Wars’ most beloved characters as the centre of their own story. These new spin-offs will be origin stories and the most hotly tipped character to get the first one is grammatically-challenged Jedi Master Yoda. Boba Fett, please.
5. The Cast
Rumours abound as to who will be starring in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster. Aside from members of the original cast, Benedict Cumberbatch is the strong leader in who’s expected to be cast in Episode 7. And why not? He’s worked with Abrams before in Star Trek: Into Darkness released earlier this year and has his fingers in that other huge Hollywood blockbuster pie; The Hobbit. Chiwetel Ejiofor, British, Oscar-tipped star of Twelve Years A Slave has been spotted in Abrams’ offices by a journalist from The Times and Atonement’s Saoirse Ronan as well as The Wire’s Michael B. Jordan have both confirmed that they have auditioned for parts in the new film.
Let’s not forget the open-casting sessions that are currently being held so maybe you yourself could be added to the illustrious list above! Mark Hamill, a complete unknown, snagged the part of Luke Skywalker at open casting for the first film in 1977. Let’s just hope Ryan Gosling is in there somewhere. He’d beat Darth Vader in a staring contest anytime.
The as-of-yet untitled Episode VII is slated for release on 18 December 2014.
– Saul Nix