It was just last October, when Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise, that the continuation of the epic space saga was announced. Episode VII was promptly set to be released the summer of 2015 with J.J. Abrams directing and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) co-writing. Since then, there have been multiple roadblocks including delays and rumors of profit being considered more than the story.
According to ScreenRant, Episode VII will take place after the original trilogy. A collective sigh of relief was heard when it was announced there wouldn’t be a continuation of the poorly received prequel trilogy. The Hollywood Reporter also claims that Abrams’ main goal is to get the three big names of the original trilogy, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, to reprise their roles and lead the story. “Episode VII will therefore make Luke, Leia, and Han the stars of the movie, then move them to the background as the newly introduced characters take charge of Episode VIII & IX” (ScreenRant).
There have been rumors and leaks about the new characters, including names, but those may have been changed or axed due to Abrams’ rewrites. These are the new big names: Michael Fassbender for an unknown role, Hugo Weaving for an “Imperial Commander” and finally there is a casting call for a young (20-something) female actress to play the “the daughter or granddaughter… of Obi-Wan Kenobi” (ScreenRant). With two years to go before the premiere, there will be plenty more updates to come.