Michael Arndt has been replaced by JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan
Blaming Disney’s holding firm on the 2015 release date JJ Abrams has said that he and Lawrence Kasdan have taken over the script in order to get it where and when they need it to go.
Whether this is becoming a rush job or not is up for debate. Although it could be worse than having Kasdan back on board.
Star Wars Episode VII to be released on December 18, 2015.
Despite internal conflicts and issues Lucasfilm made the official announcement that for the first time, a Star Wars film (not counting the animated Clone Wars film) would not be released in May.
From a casting call sheet comes some character descripions
It does appear that it will include a female lead. Whether or not that is Jaina is still up for debate.
- Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
- Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
- A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.
- Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.
- A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
- Forty something male, fit, military type.
- Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.