Since Episode VII was announced, fans have speculated as to what will happen now that the main Star Wars storyline has come to a close. The Emperor is dead and Darth Vader has made amends… so what next? The generally reliable Roger Friedman from Showbiz411 claims that Episode VII will take Star Wars in an entirely different direction - this time, focussing on the story of Luke and Leia's children.
"Han, Princess Leia (with a presumably better hairstyle), and Luke Skywalker will be a lot older. Their children will be the new main characters."
I find your lack of faith disturbing
Run by the generally reliable Roger Friedman, Showbiz411 has become known for breaking entertainment news stories... so could this prove to be more than just a rumour? Or is it just wishful thinking? It was recently reported that Harrison Ford would return as Han Solo, and while this hasn't yet been confirmed, it certainly raises some interesting questions. If the ageing actor does pick up where he left off as our favourite wise-cracking smuggler, won't he be a bit, well… older?
"The new movie won't pick up where 'Return of the Jedi' ended. It's sometime in the future."
In my opinion, this can only be a good thing. We've all seen what happens when you bring back an older actor to play a young man's part - you just have to look at 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' to see why this is an incredibly bad idea. So it stands to reason that while Disney might be keen to bring back the original cast, they won't be the main characters. Especially when there's a wealth of storylines focussing on their offspring.
What's more, Mark Hamill has revealed his thoughts on the matter in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. He explains that "I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring -- like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character."
The force is strong with these ones…
The next generation of Solos and Skywalkers have been written about extensively among the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In fact, veteran writer Timothy Zahn has produced a catalogue of stories based around their exploits - the most popular known amongst fans as the Thrawn trilogy. In the Expanded Universe, we're treated to the story of Ben Skywalker (Luke's son) as well as the rivalry and eventual bloodshed between Jaina and Jacen Solo (Han and Leia's twins). There's even room for the return of Boba Fett, who goes on to train Jaina in the ways of the bounty hunter.
Personally, I think these stories encapsulate a lot of the magic of the original trilogy. There's danger and intrigue at every turn and the trademark family issues that made Star Wars catchphrases so memorable… "I am you father!" But will Lawrence Kasdan be willing to delve into the Expanded Universe at all?
While discussing the confirmed spin-off films, he revealed that ""I'm trying to start fresh. There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they've been missing, and we're hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that it's all new." So while the veteran Star Wars writer wants to 'start fresh' with the spin-off films, could Michael Arndt be more willing to turn towards established Star Wars fiction for help with Episode VII? To be honest, I think he'd be a fool not to.
Do you think Episode VII should look to Luke and Leia's children? Or perhaps try something completely new?