Seven Rumors About Star Wars and the New Trilogy: What's True and What's Bantha Fodder
Star Wars geeks around the world are counting the days until Episode VII debuts in theaters in May 2015, kicking off the long-awaited sequel trilogy. In the meantime, the Boba Fett-obsessed crowd has nothing to do but engage in one of its favorite pastimes: searching for spoilers and speculating on what the blasted thing's gonna be about, who's starring in it, and which characters from the original epic space saga will return.
As always, the Interwebz are chock full of conjecture, hypothesis, and scuttlebutt about Episode VII and the other new films that will complete the Star Wars series (like the much-anticipated Han Solo/Boba Fett spin-off that Disney is supposedly plotting). So we've run down most of the major rumors about the films and attempted to either confirm or deny what you'll be seeing at cineplexes two years hence.
Rumor: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles from the original trilogy.
Truth: Mostly correct. Though the blogosphere is rampant with speculation over which actors from the original trilogy are returning to play most famous characters of their careers, nothing official has been announced as of this writing. Fisher, however, has gone on record stating she will be returning, while Hamill and Ford have hemmed and hawed about the possibility of starring as intergalactic senior citizen versions of Luke and Han.
Meanwhile, Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) have all voiced their willingness to also return to a galaxy far, far away, although isn't shocking, considering all three don't really have much else going for them.
Flickr via mbritton72 A Grand Admiral Thrawn imitator (no, not Flim).
Rumor: The new films will be based on Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy.
Truth: Sad to say this ain't going to happen. As much as we'd love to see Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, or any of the other unforgettable characters from Zahn's epic trio of novels (which essentially kickstarted the Expanded Universe two decades ago), this rumor has been debunked. According to Disney, Episodes VII-XI will be based on an "original story" set more than 50 years past the conclusion of Return of the Jedi and will be penned by Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan (writer of both the Empire Strikes Back and Jedi), and Simon Kinberg.
That said, we wouldn't be surprised if some ships, planets, or characters are cribbed from Zahn's magnum opuses, a la Coruscant in the prequels.