Walt Disney's chief financial officer Jay Rasulo spoke at an investor conference on Thursday and outlined what are the company's plans for the future of the Star Wars franchise.
Also check out the latest casting rumors form the galaxy far far away...
During the presentation Disney's Jay Rasulo said:
“...the market is extremely hot for everything ‘Star Wars’ and of all our worries, ‘Star Wars’ is not one of them.”He called the franchise an “evergreen property” that continues to mint money through licensing deals, and had the potential to become even more valuable with the right deals.
"The overall strategy is to put out a great film first. We will lay the groundwork for that … and when the film comes out in 2015, we’ll be ready to blow it out”Rasulo also noted that one “Star Wars” trilogy film or “origin story film” will be released each year, starting with J.J. Abrams' Episode 7 in 2015.
Many sites paid special attention to the words "origin story". While I think that some of the spin-off movies will indeed have an origin story, I doubt that they'll go this way with all of them. I doubt that Rasulo intended any special meaning with this.
Now some casting rumors.
Almost a month ago LatinoReview started a rumor that Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGregor will return in Star Wars: Episode 7 as force ghosts.
Later McDiarmid himself dismissed the rumors saying that still no one has called him.
Now Ewan McGregor made a similar comment. The actor was at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of his new drama, August: Osage County.
He said that he'd love to be in director J.J. Abrams' upcoming flick:
"They haven't phoned me yet. But if they do I'd be up for it."
Here's another rumor coming from Bleeding Cool. They didn't quote any source for that so take it with a grain of salt.
"... I understand that casting for a young Han Solo has been happening for a few months now, alongside the casting for Episode VII. A basic description of the character – about as useful as “Han Solo, but young” – was created, agencies listed the role as a situation vacant and actors started to get in line. I don’t know if anybody has read for the role yet, but if they have, it was under an even heavier veil of secrecy than the saga casting is hiding. My best guess is that the filmmakers are very, very early in the process and just rounding up some candidates for now."
Who do you think is suitable for the role of the young Han Solo? Because of the huge popularity of the character I think that Disney will cast someone that is fairly to mid popular.
Here are some suggestions that kinda fit the charcter:
My favourites: Garrett Hedlund and Nicholas Hoult.