There's been so much talk lately about the casting of Star Wars Episode VII that it's nice to see some good old rumors about the movie's plot surfacing online.
Cosmic Book News says it's got a source (at DC Entertainment, of all places) that's been hearing whispers about the movie's storyline coming out of Lucasfilm. They've gotten wind of four basic details about the script:
- The story will be set 30 years after the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
- It will focus on the children of LUke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa as they become adults and grow into their own Jedi powers.
- Luke Skywalker will be the Grand Master of a rebuilt Jedi Order.
- The Skywalker/Solo kids will face an acolyte of the long-deceased Emperor Palpatine, who plans to resurrect the Sith and destroy the Jedi -- and some of them may still have to struggle with their own temptation toward the Dark Side (courtesy of having some of Anakin's genes, we guess).
The first two have been rumored for a little while now, and the third one makes sense as well -- if Mark Hamill is coming back, he's sure to play Luke as some sort of elder statesman in the J.J. Abrams-directed film.
As for that last plot point -- it seems almost too obvious, in a way and, as Giant Freakin' Robot points out, it's very similar to the Thrawn books written by Timothy Zahn. But the idea that the Sith and the Jedi take their epic struggle to the next generation has a certain elegance to it.
Just to reiterate: Treat all of this as rumor only. But would you say that those details listed above could make for the basis of a great Star Wars Episode VII?