By now plenty of you have heard that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII will be set thirty years after the Return of the Jedi. Now what does this give away: absolutely nothing. To be honest, we had to know that it would be set this far after the sixth episode: because if the rumors about the older actors are true then the movie would have to compensate for the ages of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. (Also, is it ironic that Mark Hamill actually looks like the emperor now?)
Now what is weird about Episode VII is the lack of casting confirmations. There has just been unconfirmed reports that John Boyega, Lupita N’Yongo, and Adam Driver are all in contention for roles: and the latter two are supposedly in contention to be the villains of the story. I understand that J.J. Abrams likes to ‘play his cards close to the vest,’ but give us fans a bone; the principal photography starts in May, so you probably have chosen or are really close to picking the leads. Instead, we get a generic report from StarWars.com stating that Episode VII will star “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces:” a fact that was pretty much already known by the entire world. Please just give us the casting information, so the world can complain about it uncontrollably.
Only one thing is clear, at least with Lucas gone, the new film will not be filled with racist stereotypes like the prequels. I still wonder if Jar Jar Binks and Viceroy Nute Gunray were voiced by white men doing horribly racist interpretations of Jamaicans and Asians.
Well with racist stereotypes or not, Star Wars: Episode VII is still scheduled for release on December 18th, 2015.