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While there is STILL no word on who will be directing the first installment of the new 'Star Wars' trilogy, we do know that Michael Arndt will be writing it and that it will take place after 'Return of the Jedi.' We also know that most of the original cast is at least amenable to the idea of returning to the new trilogy, though we don't know in what capacity or how vital their return would be to the plot. Today, we have our first lead as to where 'Episode VII's story might take us. According to one source, Luke Skywalker may be gettin' all academic on that trilogy.
"Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal."
Update: So this rumor has already been debunked. Apparently, Mike McDonald, the person at Reuters who broke this story, now admits he was incorrect...
"This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that storyline has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of ‘Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode."
Well damn, there goes that dream. I'll admit that I didn't have the most reasonable expectations for the rumored returns of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. I was allowing the troubling logistics of their reprising their roles to be trumped by my fanboy dream of seeing a cinematic Han, Luke, and Leia adventure released during my life. Even given the acceptance of this overzealous enthusiasm, I am resolved that this suggested, albeit debunked, role for Luke Skywalker is the best possible utilization of his older incarnation. One of the only moments of real emotional resonance in Lucas' abysmal prequels was the slaughtering of all the Jedi in 'Revenge of the Sith.' The presence of Luke's Jedi Knight academy would be an acknowledgement of the rebuilding of the order after the fall of the Empire as well as a harkening back to Obi-Wan's influence on Luke; providing a connecting thread between all trilogies. My hope is that, despite McDonald's report being internet myth, that something similar to this story element will appear in the new 'Star Wars.'
What do you guys think? Would this be a suitable plot point for 'Episode VII?' If not, what would you have Luke doing at the beginning of the new trilogy?