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When it comes to the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, there is an endless amount of rumors involving the upcoming return of the franchise. Between Chiwetel Ejiofor and Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons said to be in talks for lead roles, to Boba Fett possibly getting a spin-off film, or more recently Judi Dench being rumored to play Mon Mothma; the list goes on and on.
Almost everything about the film is being kept under wraps for now, and all we really know so far is that J.J. Abrams is at the helm of the latest project, and that R2-D2 is the only confirmed character. We also learned this week that J.J. confirmed the script for the film is complete, and things are “full steam ahead”.
Now, on a more surprising note, we hear from Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia in the original trilogy, and has been rumored to reprise her original role for the upcoming Episode VII. She spoke with TV Guide about the upcoming film, and has possibly let slip her involvement. Fisher revealed that she, along with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, are expected to report to work on the film in March or April. She also jokes about Leia’s possible appearance:
“I’d like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair,” she says. “I think that would be funny.”
As far as rumors and hearsay goes, when you get a confirmation from the actor or actress themselves, it’d be difficult to believe that they’d be bluffing in a case like this. Especially with Fisher; what would her intentions be if she and her co-stars weren’t actually going to be part of the film?
It was reported that J.J. rewrote the script to have bigger roles for the classic trio of characters (Fisher’s Leia, Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, and Ford’s Han Solo), so it’d be a huge surprise if this ends up being false. All three actors are on record talking about their possibilities of being part of the film as well. J.J. also said that he expects casting announcements to be made soon, which points in the right direction of Fisher’s report of March or April. But naturally, until we get an official announcement or reports, even if it’s from Fisher herself, unfortunately all we can do is hope.
What do you guys think? Is this a good sign towards the casting for the new Star Wars flick?
Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters on December 18th, 2015, directed by J.J. Abrams.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 22nd, 2014, with links to TV Guide and Total Film.