Rumors: More on the Episode VII script split, Kenobi ‘daughter,’ Jesse Plemons and Boba Fett spinoff

FRYSQUINT: SEQUEL TRILOGY RUMORS: Take seriously at your own risk.Latino Review is at it again, this time with “details” of the Fett spinoff film and a few words on the earlier rumors. Namely, they conflict with The Hollywood Reporter and say the Abrams/Arndt split had to do with focusing on Skywalker kid(s) over Solo(s) and that Mark Hamill may “end up shooting 6 months on the movie,” which seems excessive.

As for that controversial Obi-Wan’s daughter thing, “it’s absolutely not true,” though “the Kenobi family will come into play.” They have no details, but throw out possibilities like a “niece or nephew” and “Force Ghost.” Maybe Lady Kenobi from The Phantom Menace rumor days will finally show up, why not?

They also say that Jesse Plemons is basically locked, but don’t expect Lucasfilm to name his part publicly when they announce him. His character will be “the main protagonist of Episode VIII,” and yes, I see you there waiting to comment “Ben Skywalker!” ::eyeroll::

SPINOFF RUMORS: Take seriously at your own risk.And of course no rumor dump is complete without a Boba Fett spinoff rumor. Yawn. Here’s what they say about Fett:

To counter-act the prequels, the Boba Fett spin-off movie planned for 2018 has an interesting twist pitched by Episode VII writer Lawrence Kasdan: the spin-off will start with a complete stranger killing Boba Fett and taking his armor, starting a Man-With-No-Name bounty hunter tale. So: someone kills the Boba Fett from the prequels and takes his armor and name. One this is for certain is that Kasdan didn’t like the prequel and wants no Bobba Fett Clone in the spin-off film.

There are shades there of some of the post-AOTC retcons, but we have every right to be skeptical. (Making Star Wars isn’t buying it at all.)

Latino Review also believes that Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) is at the top of the director’s list, because duh. Three sources told them that, presumably after Googling “Joe Johnston Boba Fett.”

Whatever, man. As usual, I remain skeptical and urge you to do the same.

One Reply to “Rumors: More on the Episode VII script split, Kenobi ‘daughter,’ Jesse Plemons and Boba Fett spinoff”

  1. Original comments:

    1 Paula // Jan 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Wow. It’s like they all sat down and had drinks to come up with as many things as they could to shove into a rumor release.

    Granted, it’s probably getting to be about that time with pre-production firmly underway. But the rumors are all over the place, right now.

    Are we doing a chart to track what ends up being true? :)

    2 Aaron // Jan 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Solo vs. Skywalker seems more like a fan problem than something Hollywood professionals should split over, doesn’t it?

    The more Mark Hamill I’ll buy because it’s basically what the Hollywood Reporter said: It’s the Big Three now, so obviously they’ll have more screen time. The 6 months are ludicrous.

    Jesse Plemons I believe, “Ben” I don’t. He may end up with that name, but I don’t think anyone who could report it has yet seen the scripts.

    The Fett part would freak out a lot of people who like mandalorians, so I’ll take it. But basically I couldn’t care less.

    Johnston? Sure, why not. Mostly because he’s a Disney director now. :-)

    And Kenobi’s family? I don’t know. It might be interesting to go that way, but knowing nothing about what JJA and Kasdan are planning to do, there are a thousand other ways that would be just as fascinating.

    3 Ryan // Jan 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This is why I love coming here, the snark is strong with this article. As it should be.

    4 Dunc // Jan 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Any time Boba Fett comes in, man. He just brings it out in me.

    5 derp // Jan 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Lol to the Boba Fett thing. That idea is so old, old, old…

    6 Jad Bean // Jan 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Years ago on the ForceCast, Paul Bateman described that exact scenario as a way to reinvigorate the character of Boba Fett. I actually think it’s a good idea, but all of these ‘rumors’ sound like they were written by fans.

    7 Dunc // Jan 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

    My suggestion:

    8 Dom // Jan 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    That would be a neat way to invigorate the Fett character. The AOTC Fett and ESB/ROTJ Fett just never felt like the same character, even accounting for the age difference. I’m actually somewhat excited for the movie now if they’re willing to be so bold.

    9 Doublesith // Jan 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    The Solo v. Skywalker spawn “debate” has never made any sense to me. Leia is every bit a Skywalker as Luke, and her children would have as much Skywalker-ness as Luke’s.

    10 Mike S // Jan 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    “That would be a neat way to invigorate the Fett character. The AOTC Fett and ESB/ROTJ Fett just never felt like the same character, even accounting for the age difference.”

    Has this place turned into an AICN talkback all of a sudden?
    How can you compare a ten year old kid, to that of a grown man, with years of experience behind him?

    11 Dunc // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Dom expressed an opinion in a civil manner. You can disagree without taking that kind of tone – or comparing us to AICN.

    12 Doublesith // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    As to the Fett thing – I really, really doubt it. Disney and the new Lucasfilm regime might distance themselves or outright ignore the prequels, but completely overwriting George like that…I don’t see it. At least not for as long as he’s still alive.

    13 Mike S // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I was being civil as well. I don’t see the problem.
    If it bothers you that much, delete the comment.
    Wouldn’t want to upset the locals with my apparent ‘tone’ or whatever.

    14 Dunc // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Bottom line: Don’t be a jerk.

    And next time it won’t even be approved.

    15 rewster // Jan 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Jad Bean above is exactly right. I also distinctly remember Paul Bateman throwing out this exact idea for a Fett story, almost verbatim, on RebelForce Radio (or Jason & Jimmy’s original ForceCast, if it goes back that far). So their “source” is either taking LR for a ride, or Bateman needs to get a writing credit LOL.

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