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“Star Wars: Episode VII”: R2D2 Returns! So We Know That…


Star Wars Sequels News

People have been speculating about it since the mid-1980s—what more can we expect from the Star Wars franchise?  After releasing his own prequel trilogy to mixed reviews, George Lucas finally handed off the rights to Disney for over $4 billion; the follow-up to Return of the Jedi is finally in motion, and nerds the world over are tearing their hair out in frenzied expectation.  Anxious for any word whatsoever on the J.J. Abrams-helmed reboot, fanboys got just that today—a small handful of very short words, actually.

So which beloved Star Wars characters can we expect to return to the big screen?  According to Disney head Bob Iger, we can count on seeing R2-D2 once again, and–that’s it.  Just about everything else is either up in the air, or, more likely, Iger is just trying to drive us batty with anticipation.  He teased of three new lead characters, and spoke of some “familiar faces,” but offered nothing more specific.  He did note that Episode VII would take place thirty years after Jedi. If initial rumors that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their roles as Luke, Han, and Leia prove true, the three decades elapsed should explain how they’ve aged to the point that they all look more like Yoda than their former youthful selves.

And that, dear readers, is all we’ve got for now.  Thirty years after Jedi, R2 will be there, and Girls creep Adam Driver is almost certainly maybe going to possibly play a Sith Lord or something.  That’s it.  But we can take heart that all shall be revealed in less than two years’ time—Episode VII is slated for release at the end of 2015.  In the meantime, we’ll just have to daydream about the possibilities, and maybe workshop our Darth Maul facepaint techniques.

  • COED Writer