How difficult it must be for some dudes that women just won’t STFU about representation in a major entertainment franchise.
Episode 7 News is back with some clarification on their previous Mara Jade rumor. Their source now has a name – JediDigger – and they say his info comes from “discussions between people inside Lucasfilm and it’s licenses.” The gist of his clarification is that they’re using the existing Expanded Universe characters as a template.
UPDATE: Zahn himself denies the part of the original post that says he has met with Abrams, which casts even more doubt on the rest.
So I’m now 100% convinced this rumor is pure bullshit from the maybe-if-we-say-it-enough-it’ll-be-true crowd. Granted I was at like 98% before, but the follow-up post TOTALLY oversold, above and beyond the whole Zahn thing.
Today in too good to be true, probably bogus rumors: Mara Jade to be ‘introduced’ in Rebels as a bridge to Episode VII? (image)
My thoughts on this (really, seriously, almost certainly false) rumor: While I wouldn’t mind a Mara introduction in Rebels and the basics of her background/character to be similar, I actually really want Episode VII to go in a different direction from the EU. Yeah, have her be married to Luke, but no Jaina, no Jacen, no Ben. Give us a whole new crop of kids, completely free from baggage. And, FFS, a girl Skywalker.
We know Dench isn’t adverse to genre work - in addition to her stint as M in the James Bond movies, she got her space opera on in 2004’s Chronicles of Riddick. (AKA where our old pal Vin Diesel infamously taught her to play Dungeons and Dragons.)
I don’t think anyone doubts she has the gravitas and talent to pull off any role they want to offer her, but remember: It’s just a rumor.
I really like this rumor. I don’t know if it’ll turn out to be true, but if it is, I blame the Vin Diesel connection. IT ALL COMES BACK TO VIN.
Remember when Luke Skywalker went through that David Bowie phase?
I thought it was his Dracula phase?