There are many reasons George Lucas’ iconic Star Wars trilogy has had such a profound impact on pop culture, and on many of us individually. From its unforgettable characters to the mythic arcs they traverse, from the exotic alien worlds the the crazy lifeforms that populate them, there is no shortage of material to fire the imaginations of all of us who grew up loving the Star Wars films. But one element that’s just as important as the writing, direction, or performances, is John Williams’ epic score. If you’ve never truly taken a moment to appreciate just how much the music heightens the emotional effects of the story, allow us to present Exhibit A: “Star Wars Minus Williams.”
Star Wars has always been full of all kinds of cool ass space ships. We saw pictures of a couple the other day—one old favorite and a twist on another classic—but today throws something entirely different into the Star Wars: Episode VII mix. Okay, not entirely different, like you could never imagine it, but substantially different enough to make it super interesting and start us salivating.
As usual, there are potential SPOILERS for Episode VII beyond this point, so read on with caution, or possibly blinders, or just don’t read on at all if you’re worried.
Thus far we’ve only seen bits and pieces from Star War: Episode VII. For example, we know they filmed on the picturesque Irish isle Skellig Michael, we’ve seen peeks at some of the practical effects they’ll be using (like that little puppet guy, a different take on the X-Wing Fighter, and half a Millennium Falcon), and even some concept designs for what fashionable stormtrooper and Han Solo could be wearing come winter 2015. There have been unsubstantiated rumblings about franchise newcomer Daisy Ridley’s character and role, and while we don’t know much on that front, now we have a better idea of what her outfits may look like.
We’ll probably be discussing some potentially SPOILER-Y things beyond this point. Make of that information what you will.
Since buying Lucasfilm for many billions of dollars a few years back, it has become readily apparent that Disney has a definite plan in place for the future of Star Wars. Movies, both Episode and standalone features, have been planned out as far as 2020, and they’re employing an approach similar to Marvel, where, moving forward, everything—film, TV, book, comic—is going to be connected as part of the official canon. The first new addition we’ll see on screen will be the animated Star Wars Rebels which debuts this fall, and we’ve heard for quite some time that there will be a strong link between this show and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Simon Kinberg is all entangled in this Star Wars business, and he recently shared a bit of insight on this bond.
As with everything Star Wars related, getting anyone to say anything concrete is like pulling teeth, so you’re not going to learn anything particularly earth shattering here from Kinberg, who is a producer on Rebels. What this does give you, however, is a clearer idea of the various ways in which the two properties, and by extension the larger universe, are going to connect and share elements.
Casting for Star Wars: Episode VII is more or less complete at this point. You would hope that, this deep into production, you have most, if not all of the key components in place. But when you take into account that there are entire generations of stars that have grown up on Star Wars, many of whom have never lived in a world without George Lucas’ far, far away galaxy, and that the franchise plans that reach out until 2020, it’s never too early to look to the future. One notable actor, is campaigning, and campaigning hard, to secure a spot on this ride.
Mark Ruffalo, yes, the Incredible Hulk himself, really, really wants to be in a Star Wars movie. This seems rather fitting, considering just the other day we heard about how Disney and Lucasfilm are borrowing storytelling and plotting strategy from Marvel, that they could borrow one of the comic book studios biggest actors (and Disney owns Marvel Studios, so I’m sure they could work out some sort of loan agreement).
J.J. Abrams may keep things locked tight in his “Mystery Box,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to open it up from time to time and offer fans the most obscure, miniscule glimpses inside of Star Wars: Episode VII. And he’s done it again.
There may be SPOILERS for Episode VII in this, but probably not. Still, if you’re sensitive to such things, you may want to sit this one out.