Rumor has it that Michael Arndt has moved on from the “Star Wars 7” project due to creative differences according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new script being developed directly influences the decision to look at Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver to potentially star in the upcoming “Star Wars” movies. Director J. J. Abrams is currently writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan after Arndt bowed out of the project. Arndt wrote a story that focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original stars placed in the side roles, but Abrams didn’t approve of that going forward. Abrams still wants the original stars to take the lead, and he also wants to give them a proper send-off before the offspring stories (“Star Wars Episode 8” and “Star Wars Episode 9”) are filmed.
The current script sees some characters removed, which make way for new characters to be added. So, the main character who was initially conceived as a 20-year-old male is now being rewritten to be 40 years old. We have no idea at his point where the newly-named candidates will be placed; rumors suggest that Weaving is eyeing to play an Imperial commander. In addition to all the saucy news circling the “Star Wars 7” movie, additional rumors suggest that producers are also looking for an actress in her 20s who is either of mixed race or black to possibly play Obi-Wan Kenobi’s daughter or granddaughter.
‘Breaking Bad’ star Jesse Plemons also made the headlines last week. The Wrap reports that the 25-year-old actor is expected to fly from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles to meet director J.J. Abrams for a second audition. The guys at The Wrap said he can pass as Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in the original series. He looks more like a distant cousin of Matt Damon.
“Episode 7” is set to be released on December 18, 2015. “Episode 8” is to follow in 2017 and “Episode 9” in 2019. The rumored Han Solo and Boba Fett origin stories will be released between the entries.