We've got some pretty cool new Star Wars news for you today! The information comes from MarketSaw who has brought us the first big details of what we'll be seeing from Lucasfilm in the near future. It's also the same source that said J.J. Abrams was up for the directing gig, so they've proved that their information can be accurate.
Their source is back with some more Star Wars movie updates that I'm sure you'll be excited to hear. The update includes some information that Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón could end up directing directing Star Wars: Episode VIII or Episode IX. The studio is definitely considering him for the job right now though. This a a pretty clear indicator that Abrams will most likely not be directing anymore segments in the new trilogy. The report also says that Simon Pegg will be involved with the films in some capacity, but it's not revealed how he'll be involved.
It would be great to see Cuarón taking on the Star Wars universe! I think he's a great director that would do a fantastic job! I'm looking forward to seeing his new sci-fi film Gravity, that might be one of the main reasons that Lucasfilm is looking at him for the job. The source goes on to talk about what we can expect to see in the development of the new trilogy, and what actors will be involved. He also reveals that the tone of the new trilogy will be more like the original trilogy, which is exactly I was hoping for! He also talks about what the studio is focusing on. Here's what he had to say!
As far as I know Episode 7 was then, and is now, focusing on the Skywalker's offspring. As I told you before, I believe duel personalities develop, akin to Anakin and Obi Wan, and Luke and Vader in the first trilogies, which as far as I am aware, is the driving force behind the new trilogy. Things may change however, but I doubt it, this has been long in the making.
The focus is on the original trilogy in regards of reverence and tone. Remember I told you before that the tone was important, well I believe they are really taking that seriously. From everything I know, they're focusing on that directly. Remember everything has the ability to change drastically, as Star Wars right now apart from the twin trilogies is a huge blank canvas. However, the trilogies ongoing narrative will continue to focus on that particular branch, whereas the stand alone movies, will fill and expand the voids in between in multiple timelines, and have potential to then be franchised themselves in regards to the worlds they open up.
Yoda, Palpatine, Jabba, Boba, Plagueis etc.
I believe they are very clued into what fans would and wouldn't like, and considering Mr Ford himself may not be done with his character yet, I wouldn't start picketing Lucasfilm about young Han Solo movies being made just yet. Which I was led to believe couldn't be further from how they want to move forward creatively anyway.
Harrison Ford has been approached, he has not turned it down, and is from everything I hear, very interested in returning to the role of Han Solo again, but is not signed as was reported recently. Negotiating may be a better choice of words right now. Hope it shakes out.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were also approached a long time ago, as was ford, and a few other key players. I would all but guarantee, they will be in Episode 7, and I would be confident that Ford will return too. If the universe aligns correctly.
J.J. Abrams name was brought up to me numerous times, but only in reference to re-brand and ground up respect for world building that the franchise was looking to take back then. Very sneaky. Interesting to see he was offered the most coveted and feared gig in cinema history. Ultimately he is the perfect choice to direct episode 7, and set up the franchise to steward through the first trilogy. The names I mentioned to you before, remember them (EDITOR'S NOTE: my source's director list can be found here). Alfonso Cuaron especially. Trust me.
J.J. Abrams mystery cube or whatever he is calling it today, is in full effect, Star Wars news is going to be very thin on the ground for the foreseeable future, but expect Simon Pegg to be involved in some capacity. Can't say why, but lets just say I have a strong feeling about that.
Star Wars fans, Kathleen and J.J have your interests at heart.
There are some great things coming from Star Wars! It's truly an exciting time to be a movie geek, and I can't wait to see what Lucasfilm is planning for us! What do you think about all of the things revealed here? Do you think Cuarón would make for a solid Star Wars director?