Star Wars: Episode 7 rumor roundup; Carrie Fisher, Ben Affleck and Chewbacca weigh in

We’re covering STAR WARS: EPISODE VII extensively, but since everyone with a microphone is weighing in on the films, it’s tough to report on every little nugget.  So we’ve compiled sampling of various quotes and rumblings this week to keep you up to date on everything that has happened or not happened.  Some of these are worthwhile, some of them mean nothing.  Remember; nothing is official until someone at Disney issues a press release.

Frank Marshall updates the director search: While speaking with MTV, producer Frank Marshall revealed that the search for a director is “a couple of candidates, but I don’t know how soon that will be revealed…I can’t reveal it, or I won’t be alive tomorrow.”  Sounds dramatic, but the good news is that if Disney is down to two directors, a choice should be made very soon.  With this kind of project, a director is going to need all the time they can get to hit that 2015 release date.

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Joe Johnston would be up for the job:  CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER director Joe Johnston was asked by Movies.com if he were open to the idea of directing a Star Wars movie and he said: “A lot would depend on what ‘it’ is. I am very glad to see Lucasfilm cranking up to get productive again, regardless of who ends up doing it.”  I’m not sure that’s a vote of confidence either way, but at least he didn’t say no and then insult the idea like Quentin Tarantino.  One thing about Johnston is that he has Star Wars ties; he built models on the original Star Wars film.

Ben Affleck is not up for the job: Ben Affleck has always been open about his love for Star Wars and given his recent string of successes directing great movies, it’s only natural his name come up.  But it doesn’t seem like he’s interested.  While talking with MTV, Affleck made the comment “I’m glad I don’t have that job.  I’d be too busy worrying about how the action figures would look for each character to direct the actual movie.”  He went on to joke about calling in favors to see the premiere and never really considered the question seriously.  Star Wars doesn’t exactly fit in with his resume, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t consider it.

Ben Affleck

Carrie Fisher jokes about being Mrs. Solo:  From listening to her talk about the Star Wars films in the past couple of weeks and taking into account her recent, dramatic weight loss, it’s almost a given that she’ll be returning for Episode 7 (although remember; nothing is official).  But Carrie Fisher was on The Talk and joked that Princess Leia has “never been gone” and “as far as I know, she’s been with me forever”.  She went on to say that “I like the idea of being Mrs. Solo, and we’ve just fought and fought and I killed him”.  I’m assuming the old ladies that watch The View found that funny, but what we can get out of it is that Fisher seems comfortable joking and talking about her possible involvement.

Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in The Empire Strikes Back

Chewbacca to return?:  Finally, Peter Mayhew, who donned the Chewbacca costume in the original trilogy was asked by The Huffington Post if Lucasfilm had approached him about returning.  He replied: “No, but I hope they will.  Wookiees, and particularly Chewbacca, are base characters when telling the story of Star Wars.  It’s important that Chewie remains a part of the story.  Everybody loves Chewbacca.”  Mayhew attends almost all of the comic conventions and has remained a part of the Star Wars fanbase for a long time.  If Chewie returns, I hope Mayhew does as well.

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