Details about J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars installment have been few and far between, but Abrams finally said something about it in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: he wants to "make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible." Basically, he wants to recapture the magic of the originals.
Talking with James Hibberd, Abrams said: "I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right." This is great news, considering all George Lucas' computer animated tinkering in the prequels made the Star Wars universe look more like a cartoon filled with people rather than a fantasy brought to real, gritty life.
Abrams' comments come as casting rumors for the film swirl, the most potent of which revolve around Benedict Cumberbatch, who is in every movie these days. Yesterday, Latino Review's El Mayimbe reported that David Oyelowo of The Butler went in for a role and hot-in-Hollywood Fruitvale Station actor Michael B. Jordan met with Abrams. But they were also the ones behind the recently debunked "Arnold Schwartzenegger in Avatar 2" rumor, so take it with a grain of salt as big as Dagobah.