'Star Wars: Episode VII': All the rumours up until now

Harrison Ford as Han Solo with Chewbacca (Handout)

Harrison Ford as Han Solo with Chewbacca (Handout)

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

We’re weeks away before principal filming kicks off on Star Wars: Episode VII, but there’s still a lot we don’t know.

We have no idea on a title (other than the officious-sounding Episode VII will be the first film in a new trilogy) and the only confirmed casting news is that R2-D2 will reprise his role as… R2-D2. Disney has opened the door a crack by giving us a release date (Dec. 18, 2015) and revealing that the new film will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. They’ve also indicated John Williams will score the film, which will shoot at Pinewood Studios in London.

We’ve been compiling all the rumours for over a year, so we thought, before the pieces start to really fall in place, we’d bring you the most buzzworthy tidbits.

2013

Jan. 14

Reports surface that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is in talks to direct a a non-trilogy Star Wars film based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. His reps quickly quash the rumour.

Feb. 6

After Disney announces it will release Star Wars spinoff films, Entertainment Weekly reports that Han Solo and Boba Fett are early contenders for their own standalone films.

March 19

News that original series’ stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will return for the Episode VII starts to gain traction with Ford telling a reporter for Chicago’s WGN, “I think it’s almost true. I’m looking forward to it. It’s not in the bag yet, but I think it’ll happen, and I’m delighted.”

April 17

Disney announces a new Star Wars film every year for at least five years starting in 2015.

April 25

In an interview with Playboy, director J.J. Abrams commits heresy by saying he can direct both Star Wars and Star Trek III. He later officially takes himself out of the mix for the third Trek film.

June 19

A possible casting leak on Bleedingcool.com reveals character details that run the gamut from 70-something males to teenage girls that are “tough, smart and fit.”

July 23

Speculation mounts that Abrams is quitting Episode VII. All the usual parties deny the news.

July 23

StarWars.com announces that John Williams is returning to score the new film.

July 25

Our first big casting rumour: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are in talks for roles in the film. Representatives for Gosling squash that talk in an email to Huffington Post.


Darth Vader with Luke Skywalker

Aug. 16

Latino Review reports that Ewan McGregor’s Obi Wan Kenobi and the evil emperor Palpatine will be back. McGregor confirms he’d be up for coming back on Twitter writing, “Yes, I would definitely be up for it. I’d rather I’d play Obi-Wan Kenobi if they needed me rather than someone else.”

Sept. 3

Film Chronicles reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is up for a role in the sequel, with Latino Review reporting that Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer have auditioned for parts.

Oct. 13

During a joint appearance on U.K.’s Graham Norton Show, Cumberbatch and Ford won’t deny their involvement in Episode VII.

Oct. 24

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan take over the writing duties on Episode VII from Michael Arndt.

Oct. 28

Jedinews.com reports that Ford will play Han Solo in “multiple” Star Wars sequels.

Nov. 7

Star Wars: Episode VII gets an official release date - Dec. 18, 2015. It’s the first Star Wars film not released in the summer.

Nov. 15

R2-D2 joins Episode VII. Abrams appears with the robot on Twitter with the message, “Hi from the workshop!”

Nov. 29

According to Yahoo! Movies, a full-scale Millennium Falcon has been built for the new film.

2014

Jan. 8

Director Jon Schnepp tells AMC’s Movie talk that a Boba Fett spinoff is on the way.


Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Jan. 13

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abrams’ new script focus on the trilogy’s original stars – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). The same story reports that Michael Fassbender, Girls star Adam Driver, Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons and Hugo Weaving are in contention for roles.

Jan. 19

Abrams tells TheWrap.com that his script is complete.

Feb. 6

When asked about Star Wars, Gary Oldman tells Sky Movies, “They've called.”

Feb. 26

Variety reports that Girls co-star Adam Driver is closing in on a deal to play the villain. The character is in the “vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.” Lena Dunham tweets, “We’re very proud of Adam Driver.”

March 12

Variety reports that several young actors are vying for a part including Jesse Plemons, Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers, Attack the Block star John Boyega, and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

March 14

News surfaces that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has met with Abrams for a role.

March 18

Disney officially announces shooting will start in May and that the new film will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. The film will “star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”

Twitter: @markhdaniell

mark.daniell@sunmedia.ca

 


Videos

Photos