This Saturday is International Star Wars Day, so named because, you know, "May the 4th Be With You." And while you may or may not encounter rabid fans actually honoring this punny fake holiday, you may actually want to make a point of bringing it up in conversation because, you know, the Star Wars news is out there, what with Disney buying up Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams directing the first installment of the new trilogy. Indeed, there are almost too many half-baked rumors floating out there, crawling around in not quite aligned yellow text. Here's how to argue your way through the attack of the nerds.
So John Williams is coming back?
Yes, the man who created those themes, the orchestral memories forever implanted in millions of minds, is probably coming back to score Episode VII for 2015. Why do we say that? Because Abrams, who has been frustratingly quiet about the whole thing, said so at a Star Trek Into Darkness press conference.
A counterargument for your "holiday" dinner party, perhaps: "But Michael Giacchino has done so much work for Abrams?" To which we say: "Williams = legend."
It will probably be super weird seeing the original Luke, Leia, and Han all grown up, right?
Yes! It probably will. But it's basically confirmed, and it's a casting reality that we're all just going to have to get used to. Will it be strange? Most certainly. Will it be bad? Maybe. Will it be hilarious on some level, possibly an ironic one? There's a good chance of that, especially if Carrie Fisher has anything to say about it. Every time she's been asked about it Fisher has made some sort of crack. Recently, at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo of all places, she put it thusly: "I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before." She added: "I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I'm really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything."
Ugh, J.J. Abrams is being super cagey about this whole thing, no?
He is. He's skirted around most Star Wars questions in his big interviews surrounding the release of this month's Star Trek installment, and whenever he does talk about the next hope it's mostly concerning his decision to take on the project. He declines specifics, almost always. For instance, he told Playboy: "Here's the thing. I try to approach a project from what it’s asking. What does it need to be? What is it demanding? With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didn't." This is annoying, and yet, practically, we also understand that he has another movie to promote.
Yeah, how does this relate to Star Trek?
Well, most news about the Star Trek sequel has been qualified with news about Star Wars. We feared this was coming, and Star Trek writer/producer Damon Lindelof has expressed as much: "I wonder if 'Star Wars' is now going to eclipse 'Star Trek,'" Lindelof told the New York Times's Dave Itzkoff, "so that when this movie comes out and people are asking us questions, is everyone going to be asking me about 'Star Wars'?"
But soon our appetites for Star Wars news will be satiated?
Quite possibly. In a recent interview, producer Kathleen Kennedy made clear just how very much aware she is about how this whole Internet leak thing works. Regarding fans' hunger for Star Wars info, she acknowledged her team's need to "recognize that they are important to the process, acknowledge that there are things that you are going to want to make sure they get to know." She said the filmmakers plan to pay attention to that. She said the hunger is something they are going to "think differently about." Now, that — that might be fun. Almost as fun as a fake holiday.