I can't believe I'm the only geek here who's looking forward to next Christmas. There's loads happening in the Star Wars universe and the new film is only part of it.
First up we've got Rebels, the new animated series taking over from Clone Wars, which was cancelled when Lucasfilm was bought by Disney. Trailer
This is set 5 years before A New Hope and deals with the birth of the rebellion. The style looks a little more cartoony than Clone Wars, but as it's basically the same team putting it together I'm guessing the quality will be as high.
Next up is the film, Episode VII. The first cast members were announced recently, following a script read-through in April (click pic for details):
Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C3PO and R2D2 are all in the new film and it's believed that 1 or 2 of Han & Leia's children will feature.
Today, two more cast members have been announced: http://starwars.com/star-wars-episode-v ... istie.html
Lucasfilm recently announced that all the EU novels published over the last 30 odd years will no longer be considered canon. I have a theory that thios could be due to one simple reason - Chewbacca. The film is set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi and, in the novels, Chewie has been killed off in this timeframe. I think by making this announcement it allows them to retain a popular character - there was uproar when it was announced he was being killed off.
In the novels, Han & Leia are married and have 3 children, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin, the youngest of whom dies quite young, the eldest becoming a Sith Lord. Luke is married to Mara Jade, previously employed as The Emperor's Hand, and they have a son, Ben, who is, predictably, becoming a strong Jedi. Luke has set up a Jedi Academy and is now Grand Master of the Jedi Order. Although Lucasfilm have stated that the storyline won't follow any of the books, I think there's too many good stories for them to totally ignore what has been written.
The year after Episode VII is released, there is the first of three standalone films coming out. It has long been rumoured that these will include one based on Boba Fett. These will be released alternately with the three main films over the next six years.
If, like me, you're a Sci-Fi geek, the next few years are looking exciting.