The news of Lucas' selling the Star Wars franchise to Disney and the subsequent announcement that Disney was fast tracking a new trilogy to be kicked off in 2015 has done more than turn the enthusiasm of the Star Wars fanboys to a fever pitch not seen since 1998 (the year before the release of Phantom Menace, a movie whose release was equivalent to the Hiroshima of the Star Wars Universe with its mush-mouthed gungans and dry, uninspired script.
No longer is ever ounce of Star Wars news bookended with some impassioned rant about Lucas raping my childhood and the movies being shit and the Universe crumbling under the rule of the flannel ensconced Emperor.
Now we have things to look forward to, ideas to ponder on, and speculations to be made.
Now here are the rumors:
The first bit of news is that Darth Vader will be returning in the new trilogy. A source close to the project is alleging that the Dark Lord of the Sith is going to be coming back from the dead in the new movies.
“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible,” explains a film mole to the Express(a UK Enquirer style rag). “The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films… This is science fiction remember, Darth Vader will rise from the ashes.””
Now I do not doubt that a) someone close to the project didn’t speak to them and that b) he did in fact say these very things. But he didn’t say it in the way that they are implying he meant it.
Of course Vader will be returning in the new Trilogy… Yoda died and came back… Obi Wan died and came back…
And we saw New Vader at the end of the most recent (and presumably final cut) of Return of the Jedi, confirming that the Dark Lord was returned to the Light side of the Force in his sacrifice of himself to defeat the Emperor and save his son. But he’s not coming back as a villain.
Now enough bullshit...
According to Frank Marshall, the blabber mouthed husband of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, that the search for a director for the new Trilogy is “… down to a couple of candidates…”. He doesn’t elaborate on any potential candidates though in his comments to MTV(fingers crossed for Duncan Jones though last week, while smoke a bowl with a friend, a serious case was made for Ben Affleck to take the reins). That said, if you are looking for some red meat on the matter, /Filmis whispering that Brave co-director Brenda Chapman is involved with the project.