There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the Star Wars Universe since last week, when Disney announced that they were buying Lucas Film and also re-launching the Star Wars universe. They’ve confirmed that the next instalment, Star Wars: Episode 7, will take place after the 6th film in the saga, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Despite the announcement, we still know next to nothing about who will write the movie, who will direct it, who will appear in it, or even what it will be about. The only concrete news at this point is that Kathleen Kennedy, the long running co-chair of Lucas Films, will be overseeing the franchise in its new direction, and George Lucas will serve as a ‘consultant’.
There has been other news slowly leaking, and while nothing is confirmed, highly placed sources have been explaining the direction that the film will likely go in. For example, a source leaked that the film will not be based on any existing novels or storylines in the extended Star Wars universe, instead focusing on a completely originally story. We know the producers and studios are planning to start meeting with writers soon, but we don’t know whether any of the main actors are up for returning to their parts. Source have said that Harrison Ford, along with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, are interested in returning as their legendary characters, if the story and script are strong enough and warrant the appearances. Logically, their appearances would make sense as they would be set right after the 6th film ended, and all three of their characters are still alive.
Now, the question is whether any of the actors from the prequel trilogy will make cameo appearances in the film, either in flashback sequences or just as a fun nod to the fans. Portman, McGregor, and Christensen have done a lot to distance themselves from the films, especially Portman and Christensen, as they suffered a lot of criticism for their acting in the roles. Although Christensen’s career has pretty much stalled, both Portman and McGregor have gone to on to have acclaimed, award worthy careers and likely won’t be interested in reprising their roles in the blockbuster space opera saga.