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'Star Wars 7' to focus on the Skywalker and Solo kids?

Last week's it was reported that Harrison Ford was to reprise his role as Han Solo in 'Star Wars: Episode 7'.

If true it's easy to assume that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will also be returning as Luke Skywalker and Leia Solo.

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Just having Ford back in the mix makes a lot of things clearer about when the films will be set and who else will be involved.

Which leads nicely into a fresh report from Showbiz 411 journalist Roger Friedman, who claims to have been told that the original leads would be returning to the film which would focus on their offspring.

The kids would be the lead characters of the film, meaning Ford, Hamill and Fisher would be playing important but supporting roles.

What will be interesting about Disney's handling of future 'Star Wars' films is how, if at all, they delve into the existing Expanded Universe fiction.

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Comics, video games and books have already laid out the stories of Luke, Leia and Han. We already know for example that the Solos give birth to boy and girl twins Jaina and Jacen, and a third sprog named after their dark lord grandfather Anakin.

Luke eventually finds a wife in smuggler-turned-Jedi Mara Jade, with whom he has a son called Ben (awesome name).

The kids all have stories laid out for them already, including a rather dark ending for the Solo twins, so in all likelihood future films will probably retcon a lot of what happened to the Skywalkers and Solos after 'Return of the Jedi'.

After all J.J. Abrams loves a mystery, and if he follows existing material where would the mystery be?

Of course nothing is confirmed regarding casting but there are a lot of reports coming from a lot of respectable journalists, so we'll probably get something concrete sooner rather than later.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is set for release in the summer of 2015.