Well, we now have a director in the shape of JJ Abrams in place for Star Wars Episode VII – still can’t believe I’m writing that – but is this now the first location?
According to the Daily Mail, filming is set to kick off on the new trilogy in, em, Kent. Yes, apparently a quarry beside the Bluewater Shopping Centre (below) will be the surface of an alien planet when we see it onscreen in 2015.
In other Star Wars news, aintitcool are reporting that Matthew Vaughn, the X-Men: First Class director that everyone was, let’s be honest, convinced had the gig until last Thursday, was pretty close to sealing the deal with Lucasfilm/Disney and part of the agreement was that Chloe Moretz – Hit Girl in Kick-Ass – would be the lead character.
How would Star Wars fans react to a female lead? Well, since this is the universe of Princess Leia, Padme, Ashoka, Ventress, Mara Jade, Aurra Sing and many more, we reckon this would be ok. But… it still leaves us wondering who she would be. Our money? Jaina Solo, jedi daughter of Han and Leia.
Don’t quote us, but if the rumours of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and maybe Billy Dee Williams returning are true, then we’re going to guess this will leave the story open for new characters, so why not turn to stories already established in years of comics and books?
Or we could be wrong.
Finally, there is speculation online that JJ Abrams, who got Star Trek: Into Darkness pushed back, isn’t happy with having to get Episode VII out in 2015 and would be happier with 2016. To quote Homer Simpson, ‘I want it now!’
Seriously though, if Abrams feels it’s a rush then we’re rather hold out, we want a perfect return to the galaxy far, far away, let’s not rush it… we’ve already waited this long.