News on Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens has been relatively quiet since the big issue of Vanity Fair that devoted many pages to the movie and its stars and creators. But this issue of Vanity Fair is the gift that keeps on giving. Interviews from the feature continue to emerge and get expanded upon and they reveal some more interesting facts and hints about what to expect in Episode 7 and beyond.
One the big will they/won't they discussions leading up to Star Wars Episode 7 has been around Lando Calrissian. Many supporting characters from the original trilogy have been seeing their names get thrown into conversations and speculations about their possible appearance in the new sequel but questions about Lando have remained constant. And that goes for magazine reporters as well.
Writer and director Lawrence Kasdan was a big part of the original trilogy, co-writing The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. His presence as writer on Star Wars Episode 7 is a great sign for many Star Wars fans - especially those who believe that the prequels suffered most in the dialog which was missing much of the original trilogy's wit and humor. Kasdan was asked about the possibility of Lando Calrissian's return and he had this to say:
"Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form."
He sounds pretty confident that we could be seeing Lando later on in Star Wars Episode 8 or Episode 9. That would be great news and even better would be if we would actually get a chance to see Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams together on screen again. (To heck with those Han dies in Episode 7 rumors.) But Kasdan could be hinting at Anthology movies which are revealing themsleves to be focusing on older stories around the Death Star and Boba Fett - in which case we might see a younger actor get cast in the Lando Calrissian role.
Speaking of Boba Fett, in case there was any doubt of this character showing up in Star Wars Episode 7, LucasFilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy shot that rumor down without hesitation. Star Wars 7 News has the transcription from a press conference that featured Kennedy and Star Wars Episode 7 star Daisy Ridley. In response to the Boba Fett query, which included a question about the reappearance of Ewoks, she said:
"Don’t worry: Boba Fett is a high priority among our list, please wait. But seeing how the Ewoks could return is a little harder to imagine. It is quite difficult to give the many stars of Star Wars their own stories on film."
The second of the Star Wars Anthology films has been heavily rumored to be centered on an origin story for Boba Fett. The Wrap ran a scoop on this not too long ago though it has yet to be confirmed by Disney or anyone at LucasFilm. X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg is handling the script and the movie is currently without a director after Josh Trank unceremoniously exited the project. Replacement director speculation has surrounded both Brad Bird and Joss Whedon ever since.
Daisy Ridley's Rey
The press conference also made some headlines when it revealed that in preparation for Daisy Ridley's performance as Rey, the actress received fight training from one of the choreographers on Game of Thrones. The actress was trained in the style of bojutsu - the same staff technique that Darth Maul specialized in. We've seen plenty of pictures with Rey and her heavy-duty staff and now we know that it's more than just a pretty prop.
Kylo Ren & The Emperor's Cyborgs
One last item - SW7N also recently ran in interesting interpretation of a storyline in the new Star Wars comic books that could see implications in the new trilogy. From the looks of the concept art for Star Wars Episode 7, we know that cybernetics are playing a big part of the world. Heck, even Chewbacca is looking like he'll have a robotic arm. With rumors surrounding Kylo Ren being someone with one or two implants and that picture of the cyborg holding the helmet of Darth Vader still at the top of many people's list of questions - the recent issue of Darth Vader No. 5 may hold some answers.
In the new issue The Emperor is busy at work creating cyborgs that he believes represents the future of the Empire and will render the Force obsolete. Darth Vader doesn't like the sound of this new technology being created to replace him - even though he himself is the product of some human/tech hybridization. The irony is strong with this one.
We'll have to wait and see how this plays out but it certainly seems that The Emperor could have eventually perfected his work and created some evil hybrid robot that was designed to take his place and that we'll find out is who is holding Vader's helmet in that mysterious piece of concept art. Could this be the origin to new First Order leader in Star Wars Episode 7 that is pulling Kylo Ren's strings? Very interesting!
What do you think? What story do you think is behind that cyborg in the [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) concept art? When do think Lando Calrissian and Bob Fett will return to the big screen? Spin your best Star Wars fan fiction in the comments section below!