STAR WARS News: Film Might Have Female Protagonist; Abrams Comments on Getting the Gig; May Not Have Agreed to 2015 Release

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Today, we have a collection of brief Star Wars-related stories for you.  First up, when it was announced that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, /Film reported that Matthew Vaughn, who was considered for the gig, may have pitched LucasFilm to have Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead role.  We don’t know if a female lead would have run contrary to the script Michael Arndt is currently writing, but I love the idea of having a woman lead a Star Wars movie.  With the exception of The Hunger Games, no major, non-romance franchise has a female protagonist, and it’s overdue. [Update: I meant currently-running franchises]  Star Wars has proved its appeal to both genders, and while we’ve seen female Jedi in Clone Wars and the background of the prequels, this would be a great development assuming the character is well-written.

Hit the jump for other Star Wars news bites including Abrams’ reaction to getting the directing gig, and the possibility that the previously-announced 2015 release date might not hold.

jj-abramsSpeaking to E! Online on the red carpet of the Producer Guild Awards this weekend, Abrams talked about his reaction to being chosen as the director for Episode VII:

“It really is an incredible thing,” Abrams just told me on the red carpet at the Producers Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Even more so, he said, “It’s wildly surreal.”

When asked about his plans for the film, Abrams unsurprisingly dodged the question:

“It’s obviously way too early to talk specifics,” he said. “But I’m excited to actually start it.”

This may be the case as Arndt is still working on the script, although I would imagine that he at least has a draft at this point.  However, we don’t know about the ideas Abrams is bringing to the script, or if he’s constrained by what LucasFilm wants to see in the sequels.

star-wars-death-starWe also may not know when we’re going to start seeing the sequels.  When the sequel trilogy was first announced, Disney head Bob Iger said the studio planned for Episode VII to arrive in 2015. But according to THR, “sources say Abrams has not committed to that release date, meaning the date could be changed if the development process requires it.”  I hope the 2015 date holds just so the Nerdpocalypse Summer will remains a possibility since The Avengers 2 and Justice League are also set for 2015.

Here’s what we know about the new Star Wars so far:

  • Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay.
  • Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing screenplays for other Star Wars films that could either be sequels to Episode VII or spinoff movies featuring other characters.
  • Zack Snyder may or may not be directing a spinoff Star Wars movie set in the same universe as this new trilogy.

Click here to catch up on all of the previous Star Wars news and rumors, and strap yourselves in for a very long, secretive wait for Star Wars: Episode VII to hit theaters in 2015.

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  • Eric

    No. Just… no.

    • Km

      Agreeing with nerdpocalypse

    • spongefist

      It already sucks… amazing !

  • Junierizzle

    They should totally have a female protagonist…..if they want this thing crucified before its even released.

  • timm

    It’s (one of) the biggest Sci-Fi/Action/Adventure film story-arcs of all time, and you want to propose a female protagonist? Really not a great idea. Obviously females should be significant to the story, but to have the whole story revolved around a female protagonist isn’t going to work for a number of reasons. The first and biggest reason is because Starwars is 1000x bigger amongst little boys than little girls, and you really think those little boys are going to want to see a film about a young Jedi padawan who is a girl?

    • Chris

      Cause Kill Bill, Alien, and the First Terminator film are so geared towards girls. In all seriousness just because it has a girl as a protagonist doesn’t mean it will be aimed at women. Please note the films I mentioned before. All with female protagonists, all critically acclaimed, and popular with male and female moviegoers.

    • DREDD

      JENIFER LAWRENCE from Hunger games! perfect as a Solo.!

    • Brandon

      Tim,
      While I see your point, I am going to have to disagree. A female lead in the upcoming sequels could be a really big step forward for the series. I have been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a little boy and I remain one today. I’m sure you remember the thrill of popping in the VHS copies of the original trilogy and just sitting there mesmerized. I don’t think that a female lead will take anything away from that. What is so important about Star Wars is the story. That is what got me when I was young. Personally, I feel that variety within the films can only improve the film universe itself. To have a female lead gives some variety and breaks down certain barriers that young boys might have. The Clone Wars television show on Cartoon Network is extremely popular and it features a young female Padawan, Ahsoka. So clearly having a female in the forefront doesn’t take any of the excitement or purity of Star Wars out of the equation. My personal feelings are that it can improve and develop the wonder of Star Wars to have a female lead, which will–in effect–expand the entire Star Wars universe as a whole.

      • Brandon

        Tim,
        While I see an argument for your point–that a female lead may damage Star Wars–I am going to have to disagree. A female lead in the upcoming sequels could be a really big step forward for the series. I have been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a little boy and I remain one today. I’m sure you remember the thrill of popping in the VHS copies of the original trilogy and just sitting there mesmerized. I don’t think that a female lead will take anything away from that. What is so important about Star Wars is the story. That is what got me hooked when I was young. A variety of characters and styles within the films can only improve the Star Wars universe itself. To have a female lead gives some variety and breaks down certain barriers that young boys might have. Perhaps these barriers do not really exist in our day and age. For example, the television show The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network is extremely popular and it features a young female Padawan, Ahsoka. Having a female in the forefront hasn’t damaged The Clone Wars and it doesn’t take any of the excitement or purity of Star Wars out of the equation, either. On the contrary, it can improve and develop the wonder of Star Wars to have a female lead, which will–in effect–expand the entire Star Wars universe as a whole.

  • Matt

    The Alien franchise also had a female lead and how did that work out?

    • D

      Uhhhh, awesome?

      • Matt

        Exactly!

  • StevenFOX

    They should have two main jedi characters, male and female. I think it’s not that hard to pull off. Just a female lead character is too far fetched. And please no father figures in this one, it’s getting pretty old. Re-cast the original characters, non of them are that good as actors, so I won’t bother if Mark Hamil isn’t Luke or Carrie Fisher isn’t Lea, or H. Ford appears at all.

    They practically ruined Indiana Jones 4 by casting Ford. Come on, Indiana Jones could have been the James Bond of adventure movies, why do people cling so much to old actors. I love old actors, i am a huge fan of Arnold, Sly, Ford, Brando and so on, so on. I don’t mind seeing other actors play their roles and neither should anyone !

    • Henry Pym

      Ok, someone will come on by and revoke your internet privilege soon.

  • John R

    With Mara Jade and Jaina Solo a huge part of the Jedi Order in the Star Wars galaxy, there is no doubt there will be some sort of a female lead for the new trilogy. I’m hoping they do the same for the villain. Admiral Daala would be a great choice as the head of the Empire, or what’s left if it, making another shot at reclaiming the galaxy. She’s been a huge part of the book series and deserves to be put on the big screen. Disney needs its evil Queen, right?

  • ScottX

    Well looks like people don’t like the idea of a female lead. That means I’m the only one who uses a female Shepard?
    I have a lot of female friends who are big fans of stuff like Harry Potter and even Star Wars whose protagonist are males, so… ¿Girls could like things leaded by males but not the other way around?

    • Mark

      If, assuming that the target audience is young boys, then a female protagonist could be frowned upon. But that assumption has a few problems. First, the new Star Wars won’t just be aimed just at little boys. I have a feeling it will appeal to older audiences as well. Second, this is freaking STAR WARS. Little boys are going to love it no matter who the lead is. There will certainly be male heroes for them to emulate. Disney won’t go all Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with this.

  • ScottX

    Oh and of course. I totally hate hate Alien, Terminator and Kill Bill. Those are damm girly movies. Female lead, come on.

  • ScottX

    Yeah just thinking about it makes my virile member shrink and moves backward inside of me… yeah.

    • Um, Sure

      If this is the sort of thing that makes it shrink, it wasn’t virile to begin with.

  • Lance

    Some curmudgeonly old fans here. “What? Star Wars can’t be about girls!”

    A female protagonist could be great. With a male protagonist, I’d worry they’d rip off Luke’s arc too much. A woman as the lead might help provide something fresh to this franchise that certainly needs to be reinvigorated. It’s not like a lot of her friends couldn’t be guys, either.

    The real tricky part is getting the right actress for the role. Your typical CW California beauty isn’t going to get the job done.

  • Bob

    Im pumped. People can look at the past star wars news things. I litteraly said Moretz was born to play a Padawan. Im pretty sure she wont be the absolute main character. Like itll b her master and her as the main characters. Now all I need is Jake Gylleenhaal to be her master and my preductions will have come true. Please let this happen!!!! Would b so epic.

    And someone said Cloe Grace Moretz is a bad actress in comments above. Are mentally unstable? Shes a spectacular actress. Besides her fantastic performance in Kick-Ass she was spectacular in Let Me In. And what are you talking about? She was great in both 500 Days of Summer and Hugo(I mean the mivie was nominated for Best Picture and she was a major character, if her acting was terrible in it then the movie wouldnt have been so successful cause one of the main characters everyone would have disliked).

  • Chris

    Cause Kill Bill, Alien, and the First Terminator film are so geared towards girls. In all seriousness just because it has a girl as a protagonist doesn\’t mean it will be aimed at women. Please note the films I mentioned before. All with female protagonists, all critically acclaimed, and popular with male and female moviegoers.

  • El Alto

    I’m sure JJ Abrams and Co. are eagerly searching the comments sections of fan-dom sites to shape their story.

  • Nomis1700

    I would love a female protagonist! Remember Sigourney Weaver? She was so badass.

    Anyway, as long as JJ shoots on 35mm and IMAX I’m already happy. Or just the entire film with 65mm, Star Wars is big so it needs bigness.

    I also hope he does as much practical as he possibly can, more in terms of the original trilogy rather than the prequel trilogy, waaaaaaaaaay too much green screen that one had!!

    • JandS

      Totally agree! I’d be so happy if he shoots this in film with many practical effects, sets, and costumes.

  • DREDD

    JENIFER LAWRENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    She would be a perfect female lead especially as she kicks ass, is a good actress and bears a resemblance to Leia and Han, would be perfect as their daughter. Chloe is also great but I see her more of a skywalker kid/Padawan.

    Also note, Luke was originally supposed to be a female lead in the early draughts.

    But for right now, JENIFER LAWRENCE! JENIFER LAWRENCE! JENIFER LAWRENCE! JENIFER LAWRENCE! JENIFER LAWRENCE! JENIFER LAWRENCE! JENIFER LAWRENCE!

  • BMF

    More female protagonists.
    Jodie Foster/Julianne Moore. Silence of the lambs,ect.
    Kirsten Stewart in Twilight.
    Jamie lee Curtis. Halloween
    Sandra Bullock. Speed 1 and 2.
    Angelina Jolie . Tomb raider.
    Just a few. I still would prefer a lead male.

    • Ur mom

      Leave Kristen Stewart and Twilight out of this. They suck.

  • DREDD

    JENIFER LAWRENCE from Hunger games! perfect as a Solo.! (and as Lara Croft too)

  • Franklin

    You know I was thinking the other day that Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) could be a good choice to play a Jedi Padawan/Knight in the Sequel Trilogy. She even looks like she could bear a family resemblance to Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman. (I originally felt Steinfeld should have been cast as Katniss.)

  • Franklin

    It would make sense, thematically I feel, to have a young male and young female lead sharing the story throughout the Sequel Trilogy — who are brother and sister. Because it would carry on the theme raised toward the end of the original Trilogy — Luke and Leia being revealed as siblings.

    So you have brother and sister Padawans, descendants of the Skywalkers, who have to eventually go up against the clone of Vader (Anakin — would Hayden Christensen be brought back for this?).

    • Um, Sure

      Why resurrect Vader if you aren’t going to use the mask? Why the hell would a cloned Anakin need a mask with respiratory assistance? This is just fanboy fanfic wanking.

  • Strong Enough

    yeah Jennifer Lawrence would be a good fit with Michael Fassbender as her co star.

  • Warsgeek

    As Long as Cumberbatch is in it I dont care who plays the female lead.

  • VicManMan

    Love the idea. Chloe would be great. Maybe Ahsoka Tano doesn’t die at the end of The Clone Wars and shows up in this new trilogy? Someone who went missing or was presumed dead?

  • Bob

    Jake Gyllenhaal as a new Jedi Master
    Madds Mikkelson as Jakes Master
    Cloe Grace Moretz as Jakes Padawan

    This is what I want…Cloe Grace Moretz is the perfect choice for an Ahsoka Tano type character.

  • James Freud

    Make the protagonist a female if it works for the story. Not for some bullshit PC reason.

    It’s like these morons who pipe up that they should make James Bond a female. Or gay. WTF?

  • twonk

    Deck her out in the “Starkiller Hero” costume and we have a deal.

    Um…not that I’m looking forward to this film. F**k Abrams!

  • LEM

    Can we please just have Darth Vader as a bad ass.

  • Jay

    I would only accept a female lead if they make her human. Meaning, she must have weaknesses – a personal internal struggle. I’m tired of women in action movies that are infallible or otherwise robotic, unfeeling creatures.

    How about a female lead with concerns and fears? I’d relate to that.

    Oh, and she has to have sex-appeal. No androgynous women, please!

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  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    Evangeline Lily. She’s in fantastic shape and was quite versatile as Kate Austen in LOST. Kate starts out mysterious and tough, but becomes quite vulnerable as the show goes on.

  • kemo517

    Should there be a Female Villan then if they go this route? and who are these solo twins people keep refering to? they are not part of any Star Wars I know of.

  • MainFragger

    Didn’t Star Wars: A New Hope start with a Female protagonist fighting against the Empire?

    • twonk

      I don’t believe it’s formalized in any of the early scripts, but, yes, at one point they were considering a girl for the Luke role (they were also considering making him a dwarf, in what was probably the embryonic precursor to Willow). See, “Starkiller Hero”.

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  • tv_viewer

    Lucasfilm says the next trilogy is an “original story.” It won’t be adapted from the Legacy of the Force or Fate of the Jedi series.

    If George Lucas was willing to adapt a book series and turn it to a trilogy, I would bet on Legacy of the Force. It makes a lot of sense to set up a battle between Jaina and Jacen Solo for episode 9.

    However I don’t think Lucas is going in that direction. All this emphasis on “original story” may mean George and Michael Arndt must just rewrite the events after episode 6 and disregard whatever novels were published in the expanded universe. There may be no Jacen, Jaina, or Ben Skywalker in the new movies.

  • JarJar

    It should all be about the awesome travels and trials of Jarjar Binks. All the other characters were stale.

  • Krazy_Kirby

    They shouldn’t even make another Star Wars to begin with. 1-3 were nothing compared to 4-6 so there is no way 7 will be a good idea.

  • Krazy_Kirby

    They shouldn\’t even make another Star Wars to begin with. 1-3 were nothing compared to 4-6 so there is no way 7 will be a good idea.

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  • lord c

    from the moment i heard that SW was sold to Disney, I knew this was coming.
    here the premise of Ep7-10: every female character is hot and sexy, and can move mountains with her mind. while the male characters are bumbling fools who can’t hit the broadside of a barn…..
    thanks a lot feminism!!!!!!!

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  • Brandon

    Tim,
    While I see an argument for your point–that a female lead may damage Star Wars–I am going to have to disagree. A female lead in the upcoming sequels could be a really big step forward for the series. I have been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a little boy and I remain one today. I’m sure you remember the thrill of popping in the VHS copies of the original trilogy and just sitting there mesmerized. I don’t think that a female lead will take anything away from that. What is so important about Star Wars is the story. That is what got me hooked when I was young. A variety of characters and styles within the films can only improve the Star Wars universe itself. To have a female lead gives some variety and breaks down certain barriers that young boys might have. Perhaps these barriers do not really exist in our day and age. For example, the television show The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network is extremely popular and it features a young female Padawan, Ahsoka. Having a female in the forefront hasn\’t damaged The Clone Wars and it doesn’t take any of the excitement or purity of Star Wars out of the equation, either. On the contrary, it can improve and develop the wonder of Star Wars to have a female lead, which will–in effect–expand the entire Star Wars universe as a whole.

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  • Patricia

    I think filling the role of protagonist with a female would constitute a serious misstep.

    The Sequel Trilogy is a direct continuation of the story of Episodes I-VI and as such, should adhere to the vital story elements put forth in those previous films. One of the most important, fundamental of those elements is the the running theme of Skywalker fathers and sons. In order to maintain thematic continuity in the narrative, the best choice for the protaginist in the ST is a son for Luke Skywalker.

    Do I look forward to female protagonists in other Star Wars stories? Of course I do. Happily, Disney will be providing us with plenty of new pictures, television series’ and other stories, each with the chance to offer us a female lead.

    My vote goes to saving that lead role for a new story, free of the story elements which are carrying over from I-VI to 7, 8 and 9 and give the ST the male Skywalker lead the story calls for.

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  • J.j.

    LOL. You are blaming women for ruining the continuity of Star Wars?!? First of all, there was hardly any continuity, especially with the introductions of I, II, and III. Second, Leia was female, Luke’s biological sister, and she factored into the plot. Kinda ruins the whole father-son thing, doesn’t it?

    I don’t know about you, but I am always interested in something different than upholding the same stale storyline. So bring on the lead protagonist. It’s about time Lucasfilm did something like this. Your viewpoint that “women are only good for television” proves exactly why Wonderwoman has been on Tv but never had her own theatrial feature film. Sexist.

  • CMFTW

    Easy. If they need a young actress then, Chloë Grace Moretz or Saoirse Ronan. If they need an adult actress then, Yvonne Strahovski.

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  • Prathap

    Chloe is perfect for this role! Jj please cast her!!

  • Generation42

    Hey, genius, the poster didn’t say ANYTHING about women only showing up in tv, now did she? No, she said that for this story, the lead should be Luke’s son, and that there would be plenty of chance for female leads in other pictures (which are movies, Sherlock), tv, and more.
    I think she makes some good points about the themes in the films. Sorry if you’re too dim to pick up on them. “Hardly any continuity”? Wow.
    And doing something different, just because it’s different is such a sophomoric viewpoint, I don’t know where to begin with that.
    Oh, and I’m sure someone named “Patricia” is really sexist against women. Maybe she just thinks the needs of the story should come before “something different.”
    What a sad little joke your post is.

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