I've decided to post some of the rumors I've been hearing lately. All of the following rumors have been heard at least from 2 different sources. Some of them are from a few months ago and I'm not sure if things have changed. For me some of these could become reality, the others are either in consideration or a misinformation intentionally leaked by Lucasfilm. None of these have been made up by someone. It's up to you to decide whether to believe them or not...
Recasting or the Big Three.
The situation here is tricky. We can divide the sources here in two camps. The first one is with people who have heard about a possible recasting of the Big Three and the other is with people who've heard that they will be back. No surprises here, but what's interesting is that almost all the rumors about the recasting are coming from sources inside Lucasfilm and almost all the rumors of the Big Three returning are coming from people outside Lucasfilm or working for them.
I've heard from multiple sources that Episode 7 could actually take place just a few years after ROTJ, not 30 as was previously reported. If true this immediately suggests that recasting of the original cast is inevitable. Also I got a confirmation from another source that the Leia casting sheet was indeed true and a few weeks ago there was a talk that Harrison Ford still has not signed the letter of intent.
Yesterday Devin Faraci from BadAssDigest also suggested something similar:
I'm not sure Ford's coming back. I think they WANT him. I have heard enough confirmation that Luke & Leia are locked, but zilch for certain on Ford.
The Variety story about Adam Driver was intentionally leaked to them by Lucasfilm. Having a young villain really suggests that the main protagonists will be at a similar age. So are all these young contenders that we all hear about the kids of the main characters or are they trying to recast the original cast? I'm really not sure but if the recast rumors are 100% false then it's definitely a misinformation campaign.
Remember that Abrams already recast one famous franchise - Star Trek, and he even found a way to bring back one of the original characters - Leonard Nimoy.
Is this possible with Star Wars? There's one big difference. Star Trek was a reboot while Star Wars: Episode 7 is a sequel. We just have to trust Abram's judgement. I'm sure right now he is not having easy times, but I have confidence in him that he'll do the best for the franchise.
Whatever the case one thing is sure. The next Star Wars movies will have the main focus on the young characters. Disney will try to build a good combination of talents that could drive the franchise, not only for Episode 7-9 but also beyond that.
Possible Plot Detail.
The next is an interesting plot rumor about Episode 7. It comes from Twitter member TheWARSguy. Some of the things he knows matches the stuff we heard before about the involvement of a Mara Jade type of character in the movie. He didn't want me to reveal his sources but I can tell you that they're people behind one of the major movie sites that had a pretty good record with the prequel trilogy.
So according to him the main focus in Episode 7 will be Luke Skywalker's love interest who will be the movie version of Mara Jade as we reported before. The big four will be presented from her point of view. This way the old characters could be introduced to the new audience in a unique way. Luke's love interest may give birth in seven and she will help train the next generation.
Actually this possible story development could work well with both possibilities - recasting or the Big Three. We could have the old cast back in Episode 7 reintroduced for the new audience who will be slowly going in the background giving space for the next generation - their kids and other young stars. And at the same time it could work with a possible new recast.
That's it. For now treat all these as rumors. You see that the situation is very dynamic and things change quickly. I trust all of the sources but still keep an open mind. It's very possible that some of these rumors are from the old Michael Arndt's script. Even there were some reports suggesting that bits from Arndt's script are intentionally leaked to movie blogs and sites.
Part 2 of the Latest Star Wars Rumors: Spin-off Movies, Toys and Video Games.