In a similar way like the teasers from the Original Trilogy, now StarWars.com is releasing new videos about the cast from Episode IV, V and VI. Could this lead to some kind of announcement regarding the Big Three? Or again it won't lead to anything in particular...
So in two consecutive Saturdays StarWars.com had released two interesting videos. The first one was about George Lucas finding Carrie Fisher for the role of Princess Leia:
...And then he found @CarrieFFisher, and all was right in the galaxy. http://t.co/3nTvLrRHJD
— Star Wars (@starwars) October 26, 2013
The second video was about "the greatest scoundrel in the galaxy":
George Lucas says that casting Harrison Ford was a no-brainer. We're not going to argue with that. http://t.co/NjERNgLquk
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 2, 2013
It's not very hard to predict that there should be another video released next week this time about Mark Hamill.
The first video was published on October 26, the second on November 2 so we should expect the Mark Hamill video to hit the web again on Saturday (November 9).
It really looks like these videos could lead to an announcement about the Big Three returning to reprise their roles in the new trilogy. Still Lucasfilm recently made it clear that sometimes a few old videos are just that - old videos. Nevertheless I still believe that all these videos have some meaning and we'll find out what they mean sooner or later.
While Bleeding Cool were discussing the latest rumor about Chiwetel Ejiofor, they mentioned something supporting this theory:
Now, I’ve lost count on how long we’ll have to wait but we’re certainly getting close to some kind of new video from the Star Wars official YouTube channel that will reveal, finally, that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will all appear in Episode VII. That much I know. As part of their build up, the channel last night published this quick interview clip with George Lucas bigging up Harrison Ford.So whatever people say, all these videos are not random. I really think they are part of the Episode 7 viral campaign. Very soon we'll find out much more.
By the way after the teasers that StarWars.com released about the movies from the Original Trilogy didn't lead to any Episode 7 announcement, many people started to wander if they had any meaning at all.
The most interesting speculation in the last days is that Disney are going to release the Original Trilogy in all its glory without any alterations. Indeed if you look at some of the titles of the released videos they really emphasize on the uniqueness of the originals.
Now I'm not sure that Lucasfilm will have the time for such time consuming task. Remember that they even postponed their plan to release Episode II and III in 3D so that they can concentrate on Episode 7. Also we have to keep in mind that Fox owns the distribution rights to Star Wars: A New Hope in perpetuity. They also hold theatrical, nontheatrical and home video rights to the other Star Wars films through May 2020.
If Disney intend to release the Original Trilogy unaltered first they need to strike some sort of deal with Fox. I find that very unlikely at least in the next few years.
So it looks like next week will be pretty interesting. Just to sum things up:
- November 6 - the new Wednesday teaser video from the Original Trilogy.
- November 7 - Disney's 2013 earnings results webcast.
- November 9 - another teaser probably how Mark Hamill was cast in the OT.