Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting took place today, and among other announcements, CEO Bob Iger dropped some news about Star Wars: Episode VII. First of all, he reiterated the only official member of the cast as of right now is R2-D2. That’s not news, but it’s easy to lose track with rumors flying everywhere about potential cast members. Iger also revealed that the sequel trilogy will begin 30 years after Return of the Jedi.
Fans suspected the timing would fall near Jedi, and the math works out. Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, just over 30 years ago. That means if Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are indeed coming back and reprising their roles in the film, the actors would be just the right age to match the characters. Additionally, the theory that they’re in the movie matches further comments from Iger: According to Inside the Magic, Iger said the film would have “very familiar faces returning, joining a “trio of new leads.”
If the Skywalkers or Solos have children in Episode VII, this timing could put the kids at around 20-30 years old. I’m guessing they’d be closer to the 20-year-old mark, making them the right ages to match Luke, Han, and Leia in A New Hope. We don’t know yet if they’ll have children, but it’s possible and would be a great way to transition the torch to a new generation.
How do you feel about this time frame?
HT: Inside the Magic