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Judi Dench Stars In Our Favorite Bonkers Star Wars Rumor


We also have some other delish unfounded Star Wars rumors (co-starring everyone’s favorite bounty hunter—no, not IG-88), and a smattering of actual legit info from J.J. Abrams.

Fun rumor first: The Full of Sith podcast reports that Dame Judi Dench is being considered to play rebel leader Mon Mothma in Episode VII. I don’t need to say that having Dench in Star Wars would be amazing. Imagine her saying “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” It’s perfect. You can’t unhear it. Even if this particular rumor isn’t true, I really hope Mon Mothma ends up being in the sequel trilogy. She was one of only two (two!) non-Leia significant-to-the-plot female characters (no, I don’t count Oola) in the original trilogy. Plus she was an important part of the post-Empire government in the Expanded Universe, so it would be a great nod to fans to bring her back. Not to mention she’d be an over-40s female character who’s not someone’s mother, and there are far too few of those in film and TV.

Now for the non-Judi Dench items. Abrams confirmed that the script for Episode VII is done and that he and his team are currently in “deep prep,” part of which obviously includes casting. Everyone and their mother has been connected to Episode VII at some point—there was a stretch of time when “Would you want to be in Star Wars?” was the press junket interview question de rigueur, as if anyone would answer in the negative—though official sources have as of yet been mum for most of them. But there is one person we know is up for a role: Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad fame. “He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah,” said Abrams. “It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting. I get to read articles about actors who were going to come in, so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I was going to see you. It’s very nice to see you.’ It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s just a lot of noise.”

Plemons auditioning doesn’t necessarily mean he’s on Abrams’ shortlist; Saoirse Ronan, for example, was open about the fact that she tried out for a role, but then, “so has everyone.” (She didn’t get it, by the way.) But it is interesting that the notoriously tight-lipped Abrams would be the one to bring Plemons up. And he does bear a resemblance to Mark Hamill. Which brings us to more probably untrue rumors.

About a week ago we told you about the rumor of scandal brewing behind the scenes of Episode VII, with original writer Michael Arndt wanting to focus on a new generation of heroes (yay!) and Abrams preferring to heap screentime on Luke, Leia, and Han (I love them, but boo! Supporting roles!). Now Latino Review (pause for groaning and grain of salt collecting) is saying that Arndt wanted Episode VII to be about the Solo kids (whoever they end up being—the Expanded Universe’s Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin, or some new characters), while Abrams prefers the Skywalker clan.

But none of that compares to this next rumor. Oh, it’s glorious. In addition to the sequel trilogy there will be standalone films about individual characters, one of which will be written by Lawrence Kasdan. The scuttlebutt is that he’s tackling Boba Fett. But, again according to the Latino Review, Kasdan has some prequel trilogy bitterness just like the rest of us and hates what Attack of the Clones did to the Fettmeister, turning him from a baddie made all the more intriguing by his mysterious origins and taciturn nature into a clone with a tragic backstory. So if the rumors are true Kasdan plans to retcon that, making the Boba Fett from the original trilogy someone who killed prequel-Boba and took his armor and name.

True? Probably not. The Latino Review puts out rumors all the damn time, and most of them turn out to be unfounded. But it’s fun to imagine Kasdan—who in addition to the spinoff wrote Episodes V and VI and is contributing to the Episode VII script—swooping in like an avenging angel and erasing as much of the prequels’ tomfoolery as he can get his hands on. “Guys, did you know the Jedi are really into having high cholesterol? But it’s a closely guarded secret, so they had to invent a new word for it: Midichlorians. All that stuff about testing for the Force was just a joke. Ha ha. Yoda, what a joker.”

(via: /Film, io9)

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  • Lucas Picador

    “She was one of only two (two!) non-Leia significant-to-the-plot female characters (no, I don’t count Oola) in the original trilogy. ”

    … Aunt Beru? She’s the only other female character I can think of who had any lines of dialogue, but I wouldn’t call her “significant-to-the-plot”.

    And who the hell is Oola? One of the Ewoks? Band member from the Mos Eisley cantina?

  • Lup Lun

    I think the dancing-girl that Jabba feeds to the rancor early in Episode VI.

  • Anonymous

    Oola is the slave girl at Jabba’s palace.

  • Benjamin Meis

    Boba Fett better show up for just precisely long enough for someone to put a bullet or laser beam or other penetrating weapon through his head so we never, ever, ever have to see or hear anything more about the most useless character in the Star Wars universe.
    Better still: Make sure he was dead in the Sarlacc pit. I don’t care what the EU says, he died there, a pathetic ending to a pathetic waste of space.

  • Benjamin Meis

    Boba Fett better show up for just precisely long enough for someone to put a bullet or laser beam or other penetrating weapon through his head so we never, ever, ever have to see or hear anything more about the most useless character in the Star Wars universe.
    Better still: Make sure he was dead in the Sarlacc pit. I don’t care what the EU says, he died there, a pathetic ending to a pathetic waste of space.

  • Benjamin Meis

    Boba Fett better show up for just precisely long enough for someone to put a bullet or laser beam or other penetrating weapon through his head so we never, ever, ever have to see or hear anything more about the most useless character in the Star Wars universe.
    Better still: Make sure he was dead in the Sarlacc pit. I don’t care what the EU says, he died there, a pathetic ending to a pathetic waste of space.

  • Benjamin Meis

    Boba Fett better show up for just precisely long enough for someone to put a bullet or laser beam or other penetrating weapon through his head so we never, ever, ever have to see or hear anything more about the most useless character in the Star Wars universe.
    Better still: Make sure he was dead in the Sarlacc pit. I don’t care what the EU says, he died there, a pathetic ending to a pathetic waste of space.

  • http://www.gradientcomics.com/ Rob Payne

    Having just watched Hanna, Byzantium, and Violet & Daisy, I can’t help but feel like “you’re doing it wrong” if you audition Saoirse Ronan and don’t cast her in your movie. Especially one involving weird super powers and laser guns.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get the appeal either. The guy was a suit and nothing more. The mistake of Attack of the Clones wasn’t the choices they made regarding the character, it was to treat his origin as if it was the beginning of something epic.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Yeah, Aunt Beru. Her death was significant to the plot at least. *shrug*

  • Pink Apocalypse

    But….but….Caroline Blakiston is alive and well. She conceptualized the essence of the character before portraying her, including the idea of Mon Mothma translating into ‘Moon Mother’.

    Has anyone thought about asking her to return? I know she’s ‘hot’ right now, but has anyone thought about how Judy Dench is 20 years too old for continuity, comparatively?

    Sigh. I guess it’s just me. And Blakiston too, I imagine.

  • locuas

    the one about standalone movies i am capable of believing. the MCU did it and it has been very succesful for Marvel(and thus, to disney), so i can see Disney wanting to do something similar with a franchise with an universe as rich as the Marvel Universe…the one problem would be that the MCU has the safe-net of ultimately being an alternate universe(and that, unlike DC, Marvel has refused to set a number of universe for their multiverse) and thus any events in the movies don’t affect the comics continuity(except adding elements of the movies to appeal to new reader…it sure was worth it to give Pete organic webs, Marvel). Star wars, a franchise which started as a movie and then went to other medias, does not have that safe-net, so they have to be careful on what they do in the standalone movies.

  • Anonymous

    Mara Jade Skywalker would have huge movie potential, from bad-ass chick to love story to balancing light/dark. Instead of going the lazy Hollywood route and jumping directly to teen heartthrob new generation I’d rather the parents develop a relationship first. We haven’t even seen Mara Jade, would be weird to have her simply appear as a supporting character with a teenage son in the lead.

  • Anonymous

    Huh, wasn’t aware she was in any way significant to the plot.

  • Pink Apocalypse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWdd6_ZxX8c

    He was (originally) a rough outline that allowed your imagination to fill in the blanks.

    Plus, I very rarely get them, but when I do, he scratched my ‘bad boy’ itch.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    She’s not that’s what the comment said.

  • Ryan Colson

    Fett is far from most useless; he’s not ice cream machine man, and he was the only one who figured out where the Rebels went.
    Now, he died a dumb death (EU junk aside) and he’s overrated, but that costume is easily in the best Star Wars costumes especially compared to Jango’s.

  • Ryan Colson

    It’s basically the suit, but he was the only successful tracker of our heroes.
    But I don’t get the appeal of Deathstroke combined with an ADHD Spider-Man, either..

  • Cowtools

    Dame Judi Dench already kinda played the Mon Mothma role in ‘Chronicles Of Riddick’…and didn’t that turn out well!

  • Benjamin Meis

    I’ll give you the costume was pretty cool. But other than tailing the Falcon (which is what he did, not really figuring it out, just following them) he literally failed at every other thing he tried (or others completed his goals for him) and then died like a punk.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    The whole shift in focus from the next generation of characters BACK to Han, Luke, & Leia is the worst idea. Obi Wan wasn’t the star of A New Hope, so it doesn’t make any sense that Luke should be the star of the new ep. It’s time to pass the torch but now Abrams is blowing it.

  • Lucas Picador

    Yeah, I guess that counts.

  • http://addledadventures.wordpress.com/ Cynthia

    Donald Faison for Lando, Jr. ;)

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    He doesn’t know how to do anything other than retreads. That’s why Star Trek was Star Wars without the Force and characters that bear a vague resemblance to the cast of TOS. /jk(not)

    My guess is that Abrams may know some stuff about the EU, and is trying to tie it in, maybe? I don’t know, but at least hearing that he wants more, I’m relieved he didn’t bring them back just to kill them five minutes after the scroll.

  • Mark Brown

    He followed them AFTER everyone else ran off half-cocked to chase down leads, because he alone had figured out that the Falcon hadn’t jumped, so it must have been hiding somewhere nearby.