Star Wars news round-up. Is Matthew Vaughn directing and will Harrison Ford be back?

With the big news last week that Disney bought Lucasfilm you can expect to see a lot of Star Wars related news starting to appear. Already Collider is reporting that Matthew Vaughn’s main reason for leaving X-Men is that he is in talks with Lucasfilm to work on Episode VII. Collider state this is unconfirmed but they seem fairly confident in their sources.

It seemed strange for Vaughn to step down as director (he will now be a producer) from something like an X-Men movie. But it makes a whole lot of sense if he got an offer from Lucasfilm. After all, who could turn down a Star Wars movie?

If this is true then the Star Wars sequel could find itself taking a very interesting direction. The director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class could potentially make the film something to really be proud of.

Elsewhere there’s news that Harrison Ford is open to the idea of doing a sequel. A “highly placed source” has said “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are” (referring also to Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill).

It’s quite surprising considering his attitude towards the character of Han Solo. In an interview with ABC back in 2012 he said, “As a character he was not so interesting to me.”

No doubt a lot of fans will be very excited by the possibility. The beauty of the original Star Wars trilogy for many is the nostalgia value, a film that was a part of their childhood. But the question is would you really want to see Han Solo old?

Of course it all depends on how it’s handled. It could be nice to see the trio in small roles or cameos if done right.

The big question right now is who will the story focus on? Will it be a new set of characters? Will it be Luke’s kids? Author of the Thrawn Trilogy Timothy Zahn had said that George Lucas’ plans in the past had been to cover three generations of Skywalkers.

The original idea as I understood it— and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he’s thinking right now – but it was going to be three generations. You’d have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke’s father and find out what happened to him [in the prequels], and if there was another 7th, 8th, or 9th film, it would be Luke’s children.”

Let’s not forget that George Lucas isn’t in charge anymore so at this point anything could happen. Expect the rumours to keep flying!

Sources: Collider, EW.com

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