There have been some rumors going around the internet today regarding story elements and casting for EPISODE VII. I read them this morning and didn’t post them as right off the bat, they struck me as wishful thinking by an overzealous fan. Now, Drew McWeeney over at Hitfix has a piece debunking the rumors.
This is my way of saying that I am 100% sure that the rumor that’s online today about the casting breakdown for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is false. It’s not slightly off-base. It’s not tentative. It’s fiction. That is not a breakdown for the Abrams film at all. That has nothing to do with the film that Michael Arndt is currently writing.
I’ve been reading Drew’s work for close to fifteen years now (really?! Has it been that long?), and he tends to have a good track record, especially with STAR WARS and Abrams related material, as he points out in the article. If he’s claiming to know something and says the rumor is fake, I’d say he’s likely right.
As it is, he does drop a couple more interesting tidbits throughout the piece.
More importantly, though, the process that is underway with Michael Arndt writing the film involves a number of other voices all thinking about how to further expand the universe of the movies. Simon Kinberg, Lawrence Kasdan, and voices you aren’t even aware of yet are all contributing to the conversation…
Other voices that we “aren’t even aware of yet”? That seems interesting. It almost sounds like Lucasfilm has set up a STAR WARS think tank to map everything out. I wonder who else is a member? Dave Filoni or Greg Weisman from the upcoming Rebels animated series? Who else is in on the new STAR WARS universe? It’s all very interesting, but to me, the most exciting bit is:
Work on the major set pieces has already begun at ILM, and this is going to end up being the most elaborate physical build they’ve done for the effects team since Return Of The Jedi, something I look forward to discussing with John Knoll when I see him at the Pacific Rim press day.
It seems that pre-visualization for the major action scenes is being done, and in the comments of the article, Drew mentions that he’s referring to ILM building more physical models as opposed to digital when it comes to some of the effects, which sounds like great news!