Episode VIII Script Getting A Rewrite For Star Wars Main Characters?

Possible rewrite to fit in Asian character and a focus on the Star Wars main characters.

Rian Johnson must be a busy man right now.

He was brought on board by Lucasfilm well before The Force Awakens hit theaters so he had plenty of time to mold the overall story for Episodes 8 and 9.

However, according to podcast Meet the Movie Press there has been a slight change of plan tells The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider:

Last week we mentioned Bel Powely and Gina Rodriguez. Now I heard Gina didn’t get it. Now I am told Episode VIII has been pushed about a month. Rian Johnson is going to do another rewrite, and I heard an Asian actress got the role Bel and Gina were up for. But I don’t know if the Bel Powely thing will work out.

I said before there were two young female roles, now I actually heard that the rewrite will make these roles smaller. They want to get to know better the main characters they already have. So the new rewrite is shrinking the new roles in order to spend more time with Rey, Poe and so on.

Although just a rumour for now, this news does make sense.

The Force Awakens is unlikely to beat Avatar globally, because it didn’t do so well in Asia where Star Wars is less known. But will adding an Asian character help the cause?

The Force Awakens Main Characters
The Force Awakens Main Characters

Secondly, fans are expecting more of the Star Wars main characters introduced in The Force Awakens and especially so Luke Skywalker who made a very brief appearance.

So a rewrite of the script is to focus on the main characters and less on the new characters, who if popular can always be fleshed out later in Episode IX.

This is good new for fans that Disney is not rushing into Episode 8 and is carefully considering the response to Episode 7.

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2 Replies to “Episode VIII Script Getting A Rewrite For Star Wars Main Characters?”

  1. Ep 7 character development was horribly rushed. Motivations and backgrounds were not properly aligned with the plot. Ep 7 just needed some ‘doctoring’ to patch all that up. As for plot, give us something original or at least hard to notice it’s stolen.
    Take caution about ramming in the whole United Nations for the sake of marketing. Don’t sacrifice story for agenda. There is time to fit in everybody. It’s more important that we get a large dose of characters from Ep 7 (esp. for me, Luke & co.). It’s their story, let them finish it out. Don’t go introducing bunches of new characters for the sake of it. Everything gets bogged down in endless subplots that are never fleshed out, and the larger plot gets spread too thin. I hate watching movies that need explained on the internet.

    1. Great comment Dan, yes I’m hoping there is more focus on Luke in the next one and we will also have Lando neatly replacing Han.

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