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.
Speaking 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.
We 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.