Report: STAR WARS EPISODE VII Rewrites Shift Focus to Original Trilogy Heroes
Star Wars: Episode VII hit the rumor mill heavily over the weekend, with new details about J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's script rewrites, and some firm casting rumors hitting the internet.
While the original draft of the script by Michael Arndt focused primarily on the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia, the rewrites by Abrams and Kasdan are reportedly, according to THR focusing on those three original trilogy characters, instead. The film will be the "last adventure" for the heroes, and will help better establish their children for the following two films of the planned trilogy.
As for who might play some of those children? The newest names to hit the rumor mill, adding to scores of actors who have been said to have had meetings (and that's all, THR is quick to remind, that these really are - just meetings so far), include Jesse Plemons, Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving. The latter is the only one who had a role mentioned, as an Imperial Commander, suggesting that despite the film's timeline of about three decades past Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Emperor, the remnants of the Empire are still around.
With a release date of December 18, 2015 established, some casting will have to start hitting relatively soon.