RUMOR: John Noble Circling Villain Role in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII? Plus, Concept Art for Young Han Solo from STAR WARS: EPISODE III

     February 6, 2013


While everyone’s got a case of the Space Crazies thanks to the latest Star Wars spin-off news, we figured we might as well pass along the latest casting rumor for Star Wars Episode VII.  Word has it that John Noble (Fringe) is circling a role as a villain in the J.J. Abrams-directed picture that will kick-start a new trilogy.  This rumor was started by an Australian morning radio DJ in Melbourne with “a reliable source.”  Good enough for me!  Noble has the skills (and the jowls) to pull off a convincing hooded Sith lord or scheming member of the Senate and has an Abrams connection through Fringe, but I think we’ll wait to hear from a more reliable source.

In other news, hit the jump to see some scrapped concept art for a young Han Solo who was intended to appear in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

The villain rumor comes courtesy of CBM.  While your imagination runs wild with the possibilities of John Noble doing his Star Wars version of Walternate, take a gander at these bits of concept art for a young Han Solo.  The character was originally intended to have a brief appearance and one line of dialogue in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, but the idea was scrapped.  Here’s what you could have heard:

I found part of a transmitter droid near the east bay… I think it’s still sending and receiving signals.

Good. Good. Track this we can back to the source. Find General Grievous, we might…

The character was expected to be about ten years old at the time, but we can bet on Solo being in his teens or twenties for the rumored spin-off.  The images of the younger version of the smuggler follow below (via /Film):




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  • Lance

    John Noble – yay! 10 year old Solo — argghh.

  • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Except of course part of the script of episode 3 that somehow made its way to that image of Solo, that sucks as much as it did.

      • Anonymous

        Also this would have make Solo 40 years old in NH, when it’s been established that he is 29ish in New Hope.

      • Alek

        Between ROTS and ANH is a 19 years period. 10+19=29

  • Anonymous


  • Spock Jenkins

    How so? Revenge of the Sith takes place roughly 18/19/20 years before A New Hope, so a 10-ish year old Han would have been the right age…

    • Spock Jenkins

      Sorry, that was my reply to Anonymous

    • Anonymous

      Yes ! I was thinking Menace.

  • Cpt. Hindsight

    The fact that these are getting released means at least one stand alone film will be a Han prequel. Lame!

  • Jeff

    John Noble would be PERFECT as “Stately Foreign White Guy Star Wars Villain (TM).” Would definitely like to see it happen, but I have to think it’s just fanboy rumors at this point. Probably much too soon for a leak like that to come from Abrams and Co.

  • ScottX

    Do anybody remember Han Solo and Chewie mocking about the Force in A New Hope? Cause looks like developers don’t.

    • Spook

      Maybe that’s why it was cut?

  • PTA


  • sense 11

    I do not like this idea

  • Shoerki

    The lame-ass idea of portraying Star Wars characters when they were kids, before they became the characters we loved ,lives on.

    • Steve

      I don’t think portraying Anakin as a kid was where it went wrong. It was in the execution. After seeing Looper, I know it’s possible that Anakin could have been portrayed in a much more interesting way. And the story could have been (much like Looper) how the kind of life a child has determines whether he will grow up to be a Jedi or a Sith. Opportunity lost.

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