It’s not the geekiest publication in the world, but Vanity Fair has posted a bunch of treats from Episode VII (2015) in the past week, including interviews with costume designer Michael Kaplan, legendary composer John Williams, and veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. At the bottom of each page are set photos by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, suggesting that the film will be the sexiest installment yet.
But it will soon have a lot of competition. Rogue One (2016) has rounded out its cast with Latino babe, Diego Luna. It is not yet known whether he will be a rugged rebel (his khaki jumpsuit hanging loosely on his honey-coloured skin) or slick empirical officer (in a sharp, bespoke uniform with multiple shades of black and grey). Either way, he joins the adorable Felicity Jones, chiselled-Riz Ahmed and grizzled-Ben Mendelsohn for the start of filming in the next few months.
We won’t see Boba Fett jet-packing through the galaxy, breaking hearts until 2018. With Josh Trank and his mischievous canines leaving the project, the search continues for a new director. Attention has turned to The Incredibles (2004) director Brad Bird, who at one point was going to helm Episode VII, but pulled out to focus on the upcoming Tomorrowland (2015). At this stage it’s only confirmed that he’s “discussed the possibility” with producer Kathleen Kennedy, but wants to focus on an The Incredibles sequel first.
Even with all of this in development, Disney is planning to extend its already formidable empire on the battlefields of television, with Star Wars leading the assault. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently suggested the possibility of a whole channel devoted to the galaxy far, far way – along with a Marvel equivalent.
Despite their long reach, however, Disney can’t keep every one of its minions in check. First: Simon Pegg’s slippery tongue recently betrayed a covert cameo. Second: Episode VII star, Daisy Ridley’s tongue got all spoilery on a Japanese talk show. Click at your own peril.