Movie Cricket recently attended a Star Wars convention in Lancashire where we learnt some very interesting things about J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ concerning Star Wars Rebels.
Today the Star Wars Fan Fun Day in Burnley, Lancashire played host to a number of famous names from the Star Wars galaxy. Movie Cricket sponsored the Star Wars: Dinner with the Stars from the evening earlier where we were lucky enough to get exclusive interviews with a number of the star actors. During today’s convention we caught up with John Morton who played Dak Ralter in the Empire Strikes Back as well as filling in for Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett, saying the famous line “He’s no good to me dead.”
John Morton had a lot of teasers for us which we will bring you over the coming days, but the pick of it was his insider knowledge on ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and its connections with J.J. Abrams’ upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.
Star Wars Rebels is an animated TV series set between the events of Episode III and IV, Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
John Morton informed us that the characters, story lines and direction of Star Wars Rebels is not only key to the success of Star Wars: Episode VII, but will directly influence and shape it.
“Rebels is the key. Rebels will provide the link to bring in the continuity from Clone Wars, the Original Trilogy and the Prequels to enable LucasFilm and Disney to tee-up ‘Episode VII’. If you want my informed opinion, it will enable ‘Episode VII’ to leapfrog over the whole trilogy.”
John Morton confirms that the previous movies will be informed by Star Wars Rebels then extend on to the new trilogy of films being produced by Disney after their £2.5 billion buyout. The new animated series will not only provide a bridge between Episodes III and IV but it will develop a story that flowed in the background of the original films, leading in to the new feature films starting with ‘Episode VII’.
“The key that is going to make this work is Rebels. Rebels will set up and point the direction for ‘Episode VII’.”
Morton teases that the animated series produced by Disney will establish story lines that will develop in the background of the original trilogy and give a new intake of characters and dynamics to the future movies.
“The characters they are creating in Rebels will be around in ‘Episode VII’.”
John Morton, star of Empire Strikes Back, suggests that the characters developed further in Star Wars: Episode VII will have their origins in Star Wars Rebels!
This is breaking news provided by a genuine Star Wars star.
Further on this, with the characters being announced for Star Wars Rebels already – we can begin to speculate which of the announced Star Wars: Episode VII cast could play who in the new film.
Oscar Isaac will play Kanan – the cowboy Jedi. Could you imagine a better synopsis for the offspring of Han Solo and Leia Skywalker?
We also expect Andy Serkis to play Zeb – the muscles. With Andy Serkis confirmed to bring a motion captured character to the film, how about this muscles bound, gun-wielding big guy?
Also, Billy Dee Williams is reprising Lando as a voice role in Star Wars Rebels. With him not being announced in the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII – does this mean the actor will be in J.J. Abrams’ movie in at least a cameo capacity?
The characters are yet to be confirmed, but if John Morton’s words are anything to go by, we may have just had the characters and basic plot line revealed for Star Wars: Episode VII.
Synopsis provided by Disney.com.
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