According to Latino Review, screenwriter Michael Arndt left Episode VII because he didn’t see eye to eye with director J.J. Abrams when it came to the film’s storyline. Apparently, Arndt wanted Episode VII to follow the Solo kids, while Abrams wanted to keep the story with the Skywalkers. Since Arndt left the project, his ideas went along with him, and Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan re-wrote the film’s script with the Skywalkers front and center. In fact, Latino Review guesses that Mark Hamill might have to spend six months shooting the new movie.
Recent casting rumors suggested that Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons might appear in Episode VII, and Latino Review suggests that Lucasfilm is getting close to locking him down with a three-picture deal. If cast, Plemons would allegedly play Luke Skywalker’s son, believed to be named Ben Skywalker, after Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi. On the other hand, Latino Review dismisses the rumors that Episode VII will feature Obi-Wan Kenobi’s offspring.
Latino Review also has some insight into the rumored Boba Fett movie as well. Apparently, Lawrence Kasdan is writing the spinoff film, which will apparently include a bit of ret-conning. Kasdan allegedly isn’t a fan of Attack of the Clones and the idea that a lil’ clone boy became the infamous bounty hunter. Latino Review reports that Kasdan will kill off this version of Boba Fett, only to have his murderer steal his armor to become the Boba Fett we know and love from The Empire Strikes Back.
The Boba Fett film is also believed to be a sort of “Man with No Name” story, and Latino Review goes on to suggest that Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger) is at the top of Disney’s list to direct the Boba Fett spinoff. Of course, Johnston was Boba Fett’s co-creator, along with George Lucas and Ralph McQuarrie. He has also expressed interest in the past in directing a Boba Fett film.
Of course, with any rumors and speculation, please take this with a grain of salt. Latino Review has been right in the past, but they’ve also been wrong. We’ll know more once Disney and Lucasfilm make things official.
Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Serenity) is rumored to be up for one of the leading roles in Episode VII. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prometheus), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas), and Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis) are all said to be in consideration for roles. At the moment, however, no actors have been officially cast in Episode VII. We expect to hear something more concrete soon, considering that the film goes into principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London in just a few months.
Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters everywhere on December 18, 2015, in 3D.