The movie universe has broken wide open since the announcement that Disney purchased LucasFilm and plans to release new Star Wars movies – beginning with Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. News came from top executives that standalone spinoff films were in the works as well, to fill the years in between each numbered chapter of the unfolding new saga.
The Sequel trilogy;
Consisted of Episodes VII to IX, the trilogy was planned around 1975 by Lucas, who initially said that he wanted to do four trilogies of Star Wars films. After the success of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Lucas planned to include three trilogies. However, in publicity reviews for Return of the Jedi, Lucas revealed that he would not be drawn into committing to when he would continue the saga. In 1987, Lucas confirmed that he would eventually continue the saga, starting with the Prequel trilogy.
Even though George Lucas dropped the project, after Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was announced that a Sequel trilogy will arrive in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The script will be written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt and directed by the talented sci-fi movies director JJ Abrams.
The plot isn’t yet revealed, but I believe that some essential elements will consist this trilogy’s plot. Based on some statements made by George Lucas, the sequel trilogy was to feature Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Master in his sixties, passing on the torch to the next generation of Jedi, the dismantlement of the last remnants of the Galactic Empire and the rebuilding of the Galactic Republic. However, it is also possible that the main protagonist would be Luke’s protégé or new apprentice, with an Obi-Wan/Anakin relation, and thus following Yoda’s phrase “Pass on what you have learned”.
Mark Hamill has said that George Lucas asked him to play Luke as an Obi-Wan type character who passes on the Excalibur to the next young hope in Episode IX, and that the sequels were to feature new characters with Hamill making a cameo in Episode IX.
There’s also a theory that a character from “the third movie” will be back in the Sequels, but his role is unknown, as to be a hero or an antagonist. This theory can’t yet be discussed since we’re not sure if “the third movie” was referring to Return of the Jedi or Revenge of the Sith. The character may have been frozen and put in hibernation through the movie, or may have played an unimportant role and his presence was no longer necessary in the earlier movies.
An old rumor said that Luke would discover that Leia isn’t his real sister and that he would go searching for the real one. However, this rumor can’t be correct, since in Revenge of the Sith, we see Padmé naming Luke and Leia, and Yoda sending the baby girl to be Organa’s “adopted” child.
No theories for Han Solo and Leia’s storylines are yet set. But it was rumored that the same actors of the Original trilogy are cast for the Sequel, Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, which means that Han Solo, Leia, Lando Calrissian, Luke, and C-3PO will be in the movies.
Releasing Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 is just the first step in a film franchise that’s in the planning stage of being something far more expansive than another pair of trilogies. Disney has learned from the successful Marvel Studios strategy of an interconnected universe spanning multiple films per year and that’s in the cards for their upcoming stories based a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
The president of Lucasfilm, , Kathleen Kennedy, is developing the first non-episodic Star Wars feature, and rumors talk about Yoda, Han Solo, and Bobba Fett. And since Disney declared that they will be releasing a new Star Wars movie every summer, it is possible that all three characters might have their own stand-alone movie.
Kathleen Kennedy said that the first spin-off movie may be about “the little green Jedi Master”. This movie can be set in two different time periods, either between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, or way before the whole thing, when Yoda was a young Jedi. In that case, the presence of characters that were killed in the Prequel or the Original may be possible, like Mace Windu and Count Dooku for example. The plot isn’t yet set or revealed, however, an interesting theory was set by screenwriter Zack Snyder; it says that the Yoda’s spin-off will be a Seven Samurai-like movie, with Yoda leading a group of Jedi to defend a planet or something similar to that. But whatever the movie turns out to be, it’ll probably show us how Yoda became the great Jedi master he is.
Word is the Han Solo film would take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, chronicling how a young rapscallion became the legendary lovable roughneck smuggler. Of course, it should feature how Han and Chewbacca met, to give the movie all the value it can get. If you couldn’t tell by the parameters being set, Han Solo would have to be played by a younger actor – though like The Hobbit, an aged Harrison Ford could still be utilized to frame the piece. That is long-range possibility, however, he may be featured at some point in the movie, as the old Han Solo, but not as the main actor.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a Sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.
Some fear that Disney will screw this up, ruining Star Wars and giving us some awful movies. However, after Disney’s work with Marvel Studios, and the stand-alone movies leading to The Avengers, I say that we can have high hopes, and that there’s good possibility that Disney will deliver us great movies to continue this legendary saga. Am I the only one who can’t wait for 2015?