When it was announced Tuesday that Disney will acquire Lucasfilm and release Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015, many fans hoped that meant the new films would follow Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy (aka Heirs to the Empire), the bestselling novels set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. However, a new report appears to dash those hopes.
Speaking to a source at Lucasfilm, E! News learned that Episode 7 is "an original story." So what does that mean?
The website states, "Forget the Star Wars novels. Forget the graphic novels. Forget everything you think you know about what happens to Luke Skywalker. According to my sources, Episode 7 will literally be nothing you've ever seen or read before from the Star Wars universe."
While that's disheartening news, it also sort of makes sense. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all much too old to play their characters, and bringing them back in future films would just contribute to the nostalgia culture we're living in. Sure, it would be great to see one of the original Star Wars actors make an appearance in the new movies, but it also would be a self-referential nod that would take the audience out of the film.
The "original story" route seems like the right option because, if Disney's going to make a new generation of Star Wars work in a way the prequel trilogy couldn't, then the studio's got to find a way for it to be a success based on its own merit.