J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Still Working on ‘Star Wars’ Script

By May 5, 2014

As you all know, yesterday was Star Wars Day, so writer/director J.J. Abrams and writer Lawrence Kasdan created a short video for the fans. I’ll go ahead and embed that below, and we can talk about what it means after you check it out:

To me, the most interesting thing about this is that Kasdan says they are “working on the next Star Wars script.” With filming set to begin in just a couple of weeks, doesn’t it seem a little odd that they’re still working on writing the movie? Theoretically they could simply be honing things down and refining various elements of the story, but with the production being as secretive as it’s been since it was announced, this is probably going to worry some fans a little bit. Again, I’m not saying we should be freaking out or anything, especially considering we don’t know exactly what kind of writing they’re doing at this point; I just thought that in such a short video, that was an interesting choice of words for Kasdan to use. (And keep in mind – this is the guy who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, so we’re guessing everything will turn out just fine.)

Also worth noting is how Abrams mentioned that casting announcements will continue, which leaves us very much looking forward to seeing who will score that coveted “substantial” female role that hasn’t been filled yet. Could this be the part recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o was rumored for a couple of months ago? We hope so, because it would be a lot of fun to see how the up-and-coming actress interacts with the great cast that’s already been confirmed for this film.

Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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