It’s time for our regular Star Wars update, a segment where we take a morsel or two of stray conversation and conflate it to make semi-serious conclusions about what we think might be going down on the set of Episode VII. I know, I know, why so cynical? Fair enough. But one of our news items today’s comes from that school, and the other one comes directly from one of the new cast members. So what do these tips reveal? Well, if the one is right then there will be another well-known locale being visited by the gang in Episode VII, and in the other, the one from the cast member, it promises that this time, the fans passion for the material will be justified, and the promise of the franchise will be fulfilled once more.
First, the scenery chewing. Or the chewing over scenery. In an interview with Graham Norton, which was covered by The Guardian, actor and former James Bond Roger Moore talked about his recent visit to the Star Wars set. While there, Moore told Norton, he was on set with Harrison Ford and they were filming a scene with “a lot of mountains and snow.” Cinema Blend has taken that to mean that the film will not only (presumably) take fans back to Tatooine given the desert shoot, but there will also be a return trip to Hoth as well.
Now let’s chill for a minute. Hehheh “chill.” I just realized what I did there. But yes, let’s not go crazy. Ever been to the mountains. Or ever seen a picture of some mountains. You’ll notice that many of them are covered in snow as consequence for being high up in the air where the temperature is colder. There’s usually snow on mountain tops. So just because you have snow covered mountains, it doesn’t mean we’re going back Hoth, just as the inclusion of a marsh or bog doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going back to Dagobah. And doesn’t that make the galaxy a little small if we keep visiting the same couple of worlds over and over again? I think so.
Moving on then. Oscar Isaac is an interesting figure in the new cast, and one of the few whose role has been given some degree of specificity. According to the rumor mill, Isaac is playing the new captain of the Millennium Falcon, the hows and whys and who he is in terms of how he came to be sitting in the captain’s chair of the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs is unknown.
The answer to that question isn’t given in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly (via Screen Rant), but what Isaac did talk about was how the production under director J.J. Abrams is working hard to avoid the mistakes of the prequels and create something “a little more fiery,” in terms of capturing the action, and magic, and energy of the original trilogy:
Yeah. [Laughs] I’m constantly looking for a cheesy line to say to harken back to the old ones. No, what they’re trying to do and what’s really great is J.J.’s been loosening it up a little bit and trying to make it alive and energized. It’s not formal. They’re messy, energized people. We’ve all intentionally tried to do that. Just make it a little more fiery and messy.
Isaac also talked about the experience of filming with original trilogy actors Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, inferring that his character has scenes with all three of the characters.
Yeah, I have. Both [on and offscreen]. They’re such funny people. Carrie is hilarious and doing such cool work. Harrison is back. He went on hiatus for a little while, but he’s 150 percent back. It’s pretty amazing to see him bounce back. He looks incredible.
Naturally, he doesn’t go into detail, but he does talk at great length about the vibe on set, and lengths that Abrams and the production are going to in order to create a real, tangible world.
Everyone’s having a really good time. J.J. sets that tone. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and it’s being done with a lot of heart. There’s nothing cynical about the way we’re doing this. Even the in way he’s shooting it—he’s shooting on film and actually building the sets, so you’ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships. You actually see it. It’s all real. Everyone can interact with the world.
Finally, Isaac acknowledges that while people are truly excited, or at least interested, in seeing what’s coming next, it will be worth your while to wait until you can see the finished film for yourself in the comfort of your neighborhood movie theater.
People want to know all those special things and when those iconic moments are going to happen, but if all that gets revealed beforehand I feel like it robs people of that moment when they’re sitting there watching it for the first time.
The first time you’ll be likely able to see Star Wars Episode VII is December 18, 2015.