Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on December 13, the film also stars Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.
Latino Review, which has been THE source of the most accurate rumors, and which had previously sworn that Star Wars Episode VII would be entitled “A New Dawn” has reported that Disney is considering two other titles. According to them, the choice is between “Rise of the Jedi” and “Return of the Sith”. Both would bear out my theory of what the sequel trilogy will be about, but I personally dislike them both. If they use one, it’s going to be “Rise of the Jedi”. They’re not going to have “Return of the Jedi followed by “Return of the Sith”. “A New Dawn” is a better title in my opinion as it mirrors the beginning of the entire Star Wars universe and implies the rise of the Jedi. Do you like either of these better than “A New Dawn”?
I laid it out in the comments section of a post yesterday, but this is essentially what I think the sequel trilogy will be about:
Where do you begin the future? With the past. This has been my theory since the casting links on Ghost Emperor and Ghosti-Wan (Lord, I love saying that). I think the trilogy will be about the evolution of the Force or, rather, those who use it. Parallelism is the dominant theme in all Star Wars; there are literally hundreds of examples. You have a Light side ghost and a Dark side ghost appearing to Luke and this secret apprentice. Why? Because after 40 years, Luke’s journey is ending and if there is a new Jedi order, it’s going to be precariously fragile. Where does the order go? How does it sustain itself amidst a New Republic and not get so entangled that it drowns as the old order did with the Old Republic? What should a Jedi be? Luke’s spent his entire life just fighting to exist, but now his time is drawing to a close and in passing the torch, the mission of those carrying it has to be defined. On the flip side, for a Light Side to exist; there has to be a Dark Side. It has to exist because without it, there’s no free will. Force users would just be puppets. But they wield the Force, it doesn’t wield them. The rule of two has failed. Palpatine never adhered to it anyway. He always had redundancies packed away: Maul, Dooku, Ventress, Mara Jade, Anakin and this secret apprentice. The rule of two was something Darth Plagueis adored; Palpatine sought his own dominance and nothing further. So why appear to this apprentice? I’m not so sure he does. Whereas Obi-Wan would appear to help his friend and pupil with guidance; Palpatine – barring any chance of his returning – would have to be summoned violently. I think the apprentice’s purpose will be to restart a Sith Order; a Sith Empire. He’ll want some answers and to get them; he rips the veil and summons Palpatine and tortures that which he needs from him to begin to build an army of the Dark Side. That’s would be my overall guess, but immediately the first film will be about transitioning from the original trilogy characters to the next generation, building them up and introducing the status quo of a world 40 years post-Jedi. The underlying threads for what I think VIII and IX will be dominantly about will probably be masked by a imminent threat to show the world and the characters; maybe the Empire remnant (Cumberbatch’s role is rumored to be small in VII so that would bear out he’s not the main threat in that film). It’s just a guess but if it’s right you have a new universe at the end of IX, established Jedi and Sith orders not just individuals. Where they go from there is limitless.