Last fall we heard the relatively shocking news that Michael Arndt, the writer of Toy Story 3, had been removed from penning the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
At the time, Lucasfilm and Disney claimed his removal was due to 'timing concerns', which sounds like an excuse that came directly from the Movie Producer's Guidebook to Bullsh!tting the Media.
However, according to a new report delivered by The Hollywood Reporter, his dismissal may have actually been linked to a disagreement over the focus of the film. It seems Arndt preferred a movie which introduced Luke, Han and Leia's kids as a new generation of heroes, while Abrams preferred bringing back the old trio for one more outing. THR stated:
Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (), Han Solo () and Princess Leia (), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted.
This development is further supported by rumors that Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens's casting is also being altered. Apparently, youngster (Mud) was a frontrunner for one role, however now it seems there is no call for such young actors. Also, one role, which was originally envisioned as a 20-year old, has now been aged closer to 40.
Having said that, previous casting rumors we've heard still seem to be legit. ('Meth Damon' from Breaking Bad), , and are all reportedly up for leading roles, while Abrams is also apparently searching for a "20-something female actress" to potentially play Obi Wan Kenobi's daughter or granddaughter.
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