After Oscar winner Michael Arndt was removed as the writer for Episode VII in the fall of 2013, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over the duties for penning the script. Now news is coming out that major changes have occurred and for the better!
According to multiple sources, the reason for the departure of Michael Arndt was not due to a time restraint, but due to a difference in opinion of which characters should be emphasized.
Arndt was wanting to focus on the children of Luke, Han and Princess Leia, while using the original trilogy heroes in supporting roles. Abrams, disagreed and wanted Episode VII to focus on the original trio of characters, so the audiences could have one last chance to see them before receiving a fitting send-off.
The new characters, the children, will now be used in supporting roles and take center stage in Episodes VIII and IX. Some of the other characters have disappeared from Arndt script and new ones are being created. Star Wars creator George Lucas was also involved in the debate and sided with Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who’s in charge of Lucasfilm.
With so many major changes having taken place with the script many of the actors who have in the past been rumored for roles or auditioned for them have now been taken off the table.
Abrams, has continued meeting with different actors while the script continues to evolve in the writing process. While most auditions come with no identifying character, Hugo Weaving, according to sources, has met for a role to play an Imperial commander. Not a bad choice, as Weaving is synonymous with playing a villain.
The latest rumor to surface is that Abrams and Lucasfilm are now searching for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black. The rumor is that Obi-Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter. I’m not so sure if I like this one, that Obi-Wan had an offspring, but will reserve judgement for later.
Star Wars: Episode VII in theaters December 18, 2015.