Oh look, we have new Star Wars: Episode VII rumors to obsess over today. About time, right? It feels like we've gone weeks without any sort of update on the Star Wars front, following the year's biggest news story that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and planned on putting out a Star Wars sequel in 2015. Since then we've learned that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is writing Episode VII, and that the original cast of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford may return for brief cameos. What those cameos will entail, we do not know, but today's rumor does suggest the direction they may be heading in, and it's one that makes a whole lotta sense.
According to a Reuters story [via Bleeding Cool] about the Yavin scenes that were shot in Guatemala (in A New Hope, this was the location of the hidden rebel base where they plotted to destory the Death Star), there's some actual reporting that claims the next Star Wars movie will be utilizing Yavin for Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy. Here's the exact quote:
"Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the 'Star Wars' plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co., in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal."
Whenever fans are quoted, you know things may not be as legit as they seem -- especially since this is a direct storyline from the expanded universe, and Disney said the new sequel would be an original story. That said, bringing Luke back to train young padawans is the likely route they're taking, regardless of whether this specific rumor is true. This brings Luke back into the fold in a minor role that won't require much from him, and it also helps introduce as many new recruits as they want.
Knowing Disney they're going to throw a bunch of characters at Episode VII and see what sticks -- see which characters resonate with fans, and which they can launch franchises with. Throwing Luke Skywalker in the middle of this group as an Obi-Wan-type mentor character will help add some cred to the film, which we could see ending with the death of Luke and the birth of our next Jedi hero, assuming they want to remain consistent with the other films that began their respective trilogies.
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