Star Wars: Episode VII - What YOU Want to See

Your ideas for sequel plots, cast & characters

Unless you've been sleeping under a rock/tauntaun/sarlacc for the last few months, it's likely you would've heard a little something about a new Star Wars movie.

As soon as the Disney/Lucas deal was announced, speculation on potential actors, directors and storylines went into overdrive.
 
With J.J. Abrams now attached to helm, the ball/Ewok is well and truly rolling - but there's still a lot of rampant fanboy/girl hearsay and cinematic wishlists to compile.
 
So we threw the question out to all our followers on Facebook, Twitter and on our Forums
 
What do YOU want to see from Star Wars: Episode VII? Using hi-tech investigate techniques (scrolling through comments and tallying everything up), we recorded everything you said (yes, even the crazy stuff).
 
Here are the results in order of popularity…..
 
 
WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE FROM STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
 
 
MOST POPULAR PLOTS
 
Bring back the original characters/actors/John Williams
 
It was clear from the off that there was still a LOT of love out there for seeing Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie and co (and the actors who first played them) return. Additionally, even the idea of omitting John Williams' iconic score was seen as sacrilege.
 
 
Female Jedis
 
While Princess Leia was a respectably feisty, gung-ho and strong female role model, the prequels failed to deliver on female leads to match. So it's no surprise that in a movie world full of Ellen Ripleys, Sarah Connors and Trinitys, fans are crying out for a kick-ass female Jedi - and possibly even as the trilogy's lead.
 
 
Less CGI
 
While the prequels certainly looked very shiny, their CGI-heavy visuals didn't go down too well with the fans. 'Less CGI' was one of the most common and succinct comments fired our way.
 
 
New characters/more Sith
 
While an appearance/allusion to the original cast was deemed a necessity (see above), there was still a healthy appetite for new midichlorian-laden blood. It's notable that, as one of the most notable new characters from the prequel trilogy, Darth Maul seems to have inspired a Sith love-in.
 
 
Kick-ass lightsaber fights
 
Of all the commonly clamoured for additions, this category provided the most diversity. Variations on the type, number and deadliness of lightsabers prompted enjoyably geeky speculation, but we'll leave it to Twitter's @scott_forrest88 to sum up the possibilities: "more lightsaber variations - tri and quad-bladed, really long ones, light daggers, light-skiing dus, light nunchucks and more".
 
 
Kill/maim/explode/torture Jar Jar Binks
 
Oh, Jar Jar. We knew thee well.
 
Unsurprisingly (but highly amusingly), our Facebook and Twitter fans were out for Gungan blood. Notable soundbyte from our Twitter friends over at @metal_hammer on what they'd want to see: "Jar Jar getting his ears torn off".
 
 
Introduce Luke/Han/Leia's children
 
Rumours are already rife that this is the direction the series will take, and it'd certainly make sense in regards to the familial linking already connecting the existing trilogies. We'd just like to add that we're pretty sure you were referencing Leia and Luke's individual children - not the offspring of a polygamous three-way.
 
 
Follow the story of the Thrawn Trilogy
 
Fans of the wider Star Wars universe will recognise the name of this early '90s expanded universe book trilogy, whose name popped up a few times along the way. Written by Tim Zahn, it follows the adventures of Luke, Leia and co, five years after The Empire Strikes Back, as they come under attack from a deadly new bad guy intent on destroying the New Republic.
 
  
Bring back Boba Fett!
 
Because we never properly saw him die, alright?
 
 
Other notable mentions
 
No more midichlorian or trade embargo talk.
 
Explore the idea of a Jedi Academy.
 
Three words - Jedi. Civil. War!
 
 
 
MOST POPULAR ACTORS/CHARACTERS
 
Chloe Moretz (as a female Jedi)
 
Tom Hardy (as a Sith Lord)
 
Michael Fassbender (as anyone)
 
Morgan Freeman (as a Sith Lord)
 
Nathan Fillion (as Han Solo II)
 
Tony Jaa (people didn't seem to mind as who, as long as lightsaber fights were involved)
 
Scarlett Johansson (in some vague homage to Princess Leia's Jabba bikini)
 
 
 
COMMENDABLE/TERRIFYING COMMENTS
 
@Kingkeir: "A three hour Jar-Jar Binks monologue"
 
@monkeesblood: "A Jedi Ewok"
 
@rednosepirate: "The cantina band behind the scenes rockumentary"
 
@fictionaladdict: "A face-off between Han Solo and Indiana Jones"
 
@kenny_the_broon: "Ewoks taking over the entire Star Wars universe"
 
Daniel Saul on Facebook: "C-3PO on acid"
 
 
Bravo, Total Film readers.
 
With all that in mind, we give you, YOUR Star Wars: Episode VII movie poster….
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT TOTAL FILM WANTS TO SEE FROM STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
 
Your comments got us thinking (and debating) around the office on what we'd love to see from a new Star Wars-ian adventure. Turns out the Total Film team weren't thinking too dissimilar to you….
 
 
Jane Crowther - Editor-in-Chief (@totalfilm_jane)
 
I'd love a charismatic, and devil-may-care lead that's able to match up to Harrison Ford's chivalry. Actors that are able to channel darkness, moral conflict and screw-you selfishness, but with eye twinkle (grumpy but charming leads like Robert Downey Jr. or Joel Edgerton would suit that role perfectly).
 
 
Jamie Graham - Deputy Editor (@totalfilm_jamie)
 
The main thing I'd like to see is a return to the 'lived-in' quality of Eps IV-VI. I wasn't a fan of Eps I-III's gleaming, antiseptic visuals. Any old-fashioned derring-do was smothered by the cold-to-the-touch CGI. The original trilogy was gloriously ramshackle and gone-to-seed despite taking visual effects forward at warp speed.
 
 
Rosie Fletcher - Associate Editor (@totalfilm_rosie)
 
1. Under two hours. Seriously. UNDER TWO HOURS!!!
 
2. A sense of humour (and we're not talking the Jar Jar Binks school of comic relief, either). Self awareness and a bit of fun rather than po-faced reverence.
 
3. Panache and charisma. Harrison Ford as Han Solo had it, Chris Pine as James T Kirk had it, Hayden Christian as Anakin? Not as much.
 
4. A new monster. Because I like monsters. 
 
  
Matthew Leyland - Reviews Editor (@totalfilm_MattL)
 
Humour!
 
Real-world locations (ie not wall-to-wall greenscreen).
 
Less exposition - or at least delivered by grandfatherly RSC actors like Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart etc.
 
Blokes in costume with subtle CGI embellishments for the aliens.
 
A less-is-more aesthetic - not the "there's a space, fill it!" approach of the prequels.
 
Proper war-of-the-sexes, sparks-flying, snappy-banter old-school romance between sexy people.
 
More exploration of what you can actually do with the Force.
 
No boring middle bits.
 
 
Matt Risley - Online Editor (@spliggle)
 
Abrams did wonders balancing fanboy nostalgia and new audience expectation with Star Trek, so I'm hopefuly he can achieve the same with Star Wars. Essentially though, I'm just after witty, sparky banter, electrifying lightsaber fights, epic spaceship dogfights, and some decent casting and writing.
 
Throw in a hot property cast (Ryan Gosling and Jennifer Lawrence propelling the main romance, anyone?) and I'd be happy.
 
 
Sam Ashurst - Deputy Online Editor (@samashurst)
 
Why, I'm happy you asked. I wrote a whole feature on who and what I'd like to see right about.... here.
 
 
Matt Maytum - Online Content Producer (@mattmaytum)
 
A big thing for me would be real sets and locations, and minimal CG greenscreen settings. 
 
I'd want to see a super cool bad guy - I'd want a red lightsaber in there somewhere - maybe a spin on Starkiller from The Force Unleashed II (although he wouldn't really fit in the new film's chronology).
 
An older Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) as the mentor-type figure.
 
Ewan McGregor back as a slightly older, perhaps slightly bitter Obi-Wan.
 
Jennifer Lawrence as a kick-ass (non-princess) character.
 
 
And lo, we give you a movie poster based on our thoughts….
 
 
 
 

Happy with the above ideas? Or would you want to see the universe go in a whole other direction? Let me know below....

Comments

    • JoseyWales

      Mar 1st 2013, 14:07

      Okay, though I love Michael Fassbender I can't see his name mentioned anywhere above, so why is he on the movie poster you created. He appears to be dressed as Han Solo yet it's Nathan Fillion's name in the most popular actors list as "Han Solo II". I actually prefer the former to the latter, I love Nathan but he's a bit too tongue in cheek whereas Michael has a subtle twinkle in his eye that works. Okay now someone will point out what I've missed ... probably :D

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    • mattrisley

      Mar 1st 2013, 14:35

      Hey Josey - oops, somehow he slipped out of the list. Have added him back in (there were more than a few people calling for him to appear somewhere!).

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Mar 1st 2013, 15:43

      Fassbender is a good actor but hasn't got that 'Girls want to f**k him - Guys want to be him' kinda feel that Ford had. Personally I think he's a bit of a drip! Pine in Star Trek and Fillion in Serenity is definitely more the route to go along. If I had my way, i'd keep the exact same rules as the original trilogy - a bunch of unknown actors in the main leads and keep the 'acting legends' to the older, co-starring roles - whether that be Hamill, Ford, Fisher or McKellen, Stewart etc... just like Cushing and Guinness. Why not give some new young actors the chance to make the roles completely their own for the forthcoming sequels? It worked perfectly well in the originals that we all know and love.

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    • kellywilkins

      Mar 1st 2013, 16:01

      Man, Ewan McGregor is done. Obi Wan died as Alec Guinness and I think that if they take away the original aspect, it would ruin the continuity as well as b***h slap any legacy of Alec Guinness with Star Wars saga. I think that the new trilogy should be made for the ADULT fans of the saga, not the kids. Lucas messed that up with Jar Jar and making Han shoot last. I think we deserve a more serious trilogy and I think that going with the progeny is a perfect way to start over and make it what it should be. AND with what JJ Abrams did with Star Trek, I hope he brings *that* to this. I like the idea of Jedi Academy. There isn't enough time passed to have a Jedi civil war yet. Since the Jedi were all but wiped out, only leaving Luke (and I say this lightly)and Leia as the only known Jedi. Luke starts the academy back up, They could also tie in the Kyle Katarn storyline together with this... since that is actually what it was based around... training Luke/Mara and Han/Leia's kids at the academy to be jedi as well as a slew of other padawan and younglings. That should be the core of the story. Of course the story of the betrayal by one of the kids and power struggle between the force wielders and non siblings would add to the drama. I like the idea of Tom Hardy as being the new Sith... but I think he should start as an academy drop out and learns the dark side on his own... instead of an established lord of the sith... Now, I think that Tom Hardy would be a better Malgus or Bane, but the latter would just be too soon. I kind of wish they were doing a trilogy based on the Old Republic. (2000 years before Yavin, give or take a year or so) Focus on the force this time. Not just the little push/pull/choke/levitate stuff they showed. I am talking Starkiller/Satele Shan level of force mastery and destructive abilities. as far as the kids go... I just don't know enough of the storyline they're going to use for them to figure out who's to play them. Are they already teens/adults? Are they preteen/teens? Are they even younger? Based on the time frame between the start of the New Jedi Academy and the death of the first Palpatine, Jedi Praxeum is started 6 years after the Battle of Endor and just 2 years after when Han and Leia's first 2 kids, Jacen and Jaina are born. They get admitted to the Jedi Praxeum (Jedi Academy) when they're 13. Annakin, Han and Leia's 3rd is a year younger. Luke doesn't meet Mara Jade until 9 years after he started the academy, Ben Skywalker isn't born for another 6 years. That is 17 years age difference between Jacen and Jaina and Ben. SO I don't see any skywalker kids in this trilogy. I am curious how long they're going to stretch them out on the Yavin timeline? Jacen kills Mara Jade, becomes Darth Cadeus... but that is 20+ years on down the rode. Man, I need to reread these books.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Mar 1st 2013, 16:36

      And take a breath..... :-)

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    • JoseyWales

      Mar 1st 2013, 17:46

      You don't think Michael Fassbender has "Girls want to f**k him" quality. Are you kidding? Give him to me on a plate covered in chocolate. He wouldn't last very long.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 1st 2013, 19:17

      You know Christopher Waltz would make a good jedi master and ...oh I'm bored already, I'm off to get laid...

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    • Umbrellas

      Mar 1st 2013, 22:41

      I believe Chloƫ Grace Moretz would be a great contribution to the #starwars Saga. Depending on what time line episode 7 will take place in, I could easily see her as a young Jaina Solo or perhaps Jaina's daughter (if further out in the time line). Chloƫ Grace Moretz with a lightsaber would truely be Kick-a*s ;) Check out my twitter for lots of cool #chloe4starwars pictures: @umbrellas_cgm

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    • ministerronen

      Mar 1st 2013, 23:10

      we see an epic title crawl telling us of these epic warring nations in this star system and as the titles fade away we see a bright flash that overtakes the screen and as it comes into focus we see it is an exploding starship there's missiles and lasers everywhere ships colliding fire floating bodies it's a chaotic mess and as we're flying around this mess, a chunk of ship is knocked off and we watch it plummet down at queasy speeds to the planet below, a wartorn desert planet with occasional spots of green and blue and it levels a piece of this village this wartorn poor dirty village and there is a boy here he's watching debris and weapons crash down and destroy mountains and s**t this is life for him these ships are owned by two warring nations who came to this planet years and years ago from other planets in their system and this boy's people are oppressed like most others, he heads out to a nearby mountain that has been scarred by war debris to scavenge material to sell and during this adventure there he finds that the falling debris has uncovered a very very old starship It's the Millenium Falcon. There's holos onboard and databases telling of the original Star Wars events and Luke Skywalker and the force. Our hero finds an ancient lightsaber hidden away in the dome of...R2D2. Learning of the force and the rebellion, he heads back to his people and begins a new rebel alliance. And this is how the new Star Wars movies should be. Rooted in the past, but fresh and new.

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    • mildredpierce

      Mar 2nd 2013, 0:48

      I would love love LOVE to see Chloe Grace Moretz in Star Wars VII. I also think J J Abrams is a great choice for director and will likely do a better job than even George Lucas couldv'e at this point. #chloe4starwars

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 2nd 2013, 1:52

      Mugatu: That's Michael Fassbender he's so hot right now.

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    • Arietty

      Mar 2nd 2013, 3:13

      What is with all this Jennifer Lawrence love? I mean i think she's great and all but i can't see her as a Star Wars character. There is something too, for lack of a better word, earthly about her :p For female Jedi's i'd actually suggest someone like Michelle Yeoh. She's got presence, acting ability, humour and she's already a known movie badass. But i am not a casting director so I'm just making random guesses.

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    • KatnissSolo

      Mar 2nd 2013, 17:28

      "We are with Total Film on the whole Jennifer Lawrence thing." -- so says the administrative board at Petition for Jennifer Lawrence to Play Han and Leia's Daughter on facebook

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    • larschristian

      Mar 2nd 2013, 18:00

      So, you know Joel Edgerton is already in two Star Wars-movies, right?

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 2nd 2013, 23:28

      TF were one of the people who blinked and missed Joel at the end of episode 3.

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    • SoshiGEE

      Mar 3rd 2013, 12:12

      >Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan THIS GUY

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    • Broadsword

      Mar 5th 2013, 22:14

      I have a bad felling about this.

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    • Broadsword

      Mar 5th 2013, 22:16

      That's bad feeling not felling. If i were to chop down a tree i'd like to think i'd do a bang up job!

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