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Star Wars Rumor Round-Up: New Actors Considered, Kenobi's Love Child, & the Real Reason Arndt Was Replaced

It's 2014 and for a nerd like me, that means something really awesome is about to happen: filming will start on a brand new Star Wars movie.  2013 was riddled with a variety of rumors about Episode VII and as filming prepares, they aren't slowing down in 2014 as this weekend saw a slew of new (albiet seemingly credible) rumors regarding some new people being considered for the cast, the characters themselves, and plot details that reveal why Michael Arndt was taken off the script.  Come inside to check it all out!

Oh man!  Due to a recent move to a new location (and a subsequent mess up with my internet provider) I've been without the internet while at home and not at work.  So imagine my excitement that the first thing I see when my connection to the world wide web is re-established is a bunch of new Star Wars rumors!  As I mentioned, the next couple of months will see the start of production on Star Wars Episode VII.  This means, the amount of official information on the new film should start overtaking the amount of rumors circulating.  

This brings us to this weekend's rumors, from THR, which seem to be fairly credible (or at the very least make sense).  I'm going to break down each rumor here, and provide some thoughts on their credibility individually, as that seems like the easiest way to handle it:

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* According to Heat Vision's sources Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, Hugo Weaving, and Jess Plemons are all up for roles in the upcoming film.  Plemons is said to be having a meeting with Abrams this week in order to discuss a role for the film (and possibly entire trilogy).  

For the most part, no roles have actually been discussed, however, THR's sources are claiming that Hugo Weaving is up the role of an Imperial Commander.  This seems like an absolutely perfect role for Weaving, who's based the majority of his career playing a stiff and stern villainous character (imagine Agent Smith as an imperial...perfect).  

The truth is, as I've said many times, that just about everyone is trying out for a role in this movie.  It's quite possibly the biggest one coming in 2015, and being one of the most influential franchises out there, lots are looking forward to it.  So the fact that we're hearing all these names pop up, isn't all that surprising.  Fassbender is one of my favorite working actors right now, and I would love to see him take on a Star Wars role.  Weaving is another great actor and seeing him play a Star Wars villain seems like a dream come true.  Of the casting rumors floating around, I'm crossing my fingers for these to come true!

Kenobi

* Reports also say that they're currently looking female actress of mixed descent who will supposedly portray Obi-Wan Kenobi's secret daughter or granddaughter...This one I have some trouble believing.  I mean, the entirety of the prequels, and The Clone Wars cartoon, shows off how much of a stickler for the rules Kenobi is.  He's the quintessential Jedi, and never steps outside his parameters.  Since the primary rule of the prequel Jedi (for which most of Anakin's conflict came from) is they can't marry or have families, I'm struggling with this idea. 

It just doesn't seem like something Kenobi would do, it's not fitting with his character nor what's been established previously.  Sure, the Clone Wars cartoon alluded to some love interests in his past, but it was made clear that nothing ever happened.  Thus this "love child" would have come from his exile on Tatooine, which begs the question of where this child was during the Original trilogy.  If Kenobi were to have a child, he seems the kind of person who'd hold himself responsible for it and wouldn't abandon them to go off on another adventure.  If this turns out to be true, there'd have to be a lot of explaining to precede it.

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* The final bit of information deals with the plot of the film and the real reason that Michael Arndt was taken off of the script.  When it was announced that Abrams and Kasdan were taking over the script duties on Episode VII, initial reports stated it was because Arndt wasn't meeting the time constraints.  Now, however, it might be because Abrams and Lucasfilm wanted to change the focus of the story: 

Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy's heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being added.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, who directed the 1977 original and each of the most recent trilogy, was also involved in the debate, according to insiders. But Lucas, who sold his Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, acquiesced to Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who now runs Lucasfilm. 

This sounds entirely credible.  Considering the fan response to the original characters returning for the film(s), it makes since for them to change the film to focus more on them.  It also gives them a better platform for which to 'pass the torch' on to the new generation.  I'm not sold on the need for the film to focus entirely on the original actors, but I'm not exactly complaining about it either!

There you have it!  If you were jonesing for more Star Wars Episode VII information in your life, then this should hold you over until more starts coming our way.  As always, be sure to take this with a grain of salt until something official comes from Lucasfilm.  In the meantime, what do you think of these rumors?  Be sure to vote in our poll, and share your thoughts in the comments!

-Jordan 

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