With rumors emerging that Disney and Lucasfilm might announce casting and a release date for Star Wars: Episode VII this week, we have yet to hear any official news coming out of the Mouse House. While we wait to hear how Episode VII will shape up, new rumors are surfacing about the new film’s potential titles.
According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Episode VII is rumored to have one of two different titles. The first suggests a natural progression from Episode VI, while the other seems somewhat clunky. Star Wars: Episode VII could be titled either Rise of the Jedi or Return of the Sith.
Supposed these two were the working titles for the treatment George Lucas had been tinkering with before Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in October 2012. It was revealed this week that Lucas was hoping to relaunch Star Wars franchise with Episode VII before Disney came in and bought his company. While the titles have the official stamp of approval from Mr. Lucas, J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt obviously are not obligated to use either of them.
For my money, Rise of the Jedi sounds better than Return of the Sith. Considering that Episode VI was Return of the Jedi, it sounds premature for the Sith Lords to return to dominance. Wouldn’t it be better to watch the Jedi rise to regain power before we see the Sith return? Either way, I still prefer another rumor that suggests that the film’s subtitle could be A New Dawn, to mirror Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The titles A New Dawn or Rise of the Jedi evoke a Renaissance in the galaxy, so either of those titles would work.
In other Star Wars news, actor Michael B. Jordan has confirmed that he auditioned for Episode VII. While it’s unclear who he would play, Jordan also stated that “everybody” is auditioning for the new film. A few weeks ago, Saoirse Ronan confirmed that she had auditioned for Star Wars, and she also said “everybody” is doing so. Jordan says, “I mean, everybody’s going in on this project. They’re trying to figure out what they want. That’s another incredible franchise. It’s pretty crazy! …We’ll see how it happens. I don’t know how I can do everything.”
Michael B. Jordan is a rising star in Hollywood, so it would make sense for Disney and Lucasfilm to look at him for a role. He is also rumored to be up for a role as Will Smith’s character’s step-son in the Independence Day sequel, so just imagine if he landed both science fiction franchises. Jordan recently came off a stellar performance in the indie film Fruitvale Station, and there is also Oscar buzz surrounding his performance.
At the moment, there are rumors that Disney might announce something big about Star Wars: Episode VII this week or next. It is also believed that Disney might release the first teaser trailer attached to Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April 2014. The teaser could also include a possible release date of November 11, 2015.
Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters everywhere sometime in 2015.