H8-all the principles-including Fisher are alive and well. Ford, as well as Hamil, Fisher, and even Billy Dee Williams have publicly stated that they would be completely on board with the idea of returning.
Interestingly enough, the original trilogy had many parallels to the Cold War-the Empire representing in a way the Soviet Union. What happened to the world following the end of the Cold War? There was a power vaccum in the region and the result has been years of regional conflicts and civil wars-which lead to rogue powers rising up (such as the Taliban). The climax of which was 9-11. I can see the Star Wars universe battling the same fate. With the shattered back of the Galactic Empire, there’s a galctic power vaccum-The New Republic scrambles to maintain peace and order against new rogue powers including the remnents of the old Empire (Putin seems resolved to re establish the old ‘Soviet’ Empire). It could pave the way for a new Sith ‘anti christ’ character to rise up and unite these powers under a new Imperial Banner to extract ‘revenge once and for all’ against a young and still vulnerable Jedi Order.
There are two huge questions as to cast and crew at this point. It was recently revealed that JJ Abrams turned down an early on offer to direct. For those of you that don’t know, JJ Abrams is the director of the recently revitalized Star Trek movie franchise. He did, by most critics and viewers opinion, an EXCELLENT job breathing new life into that franchise and he’s proven he can create believable, deep, characters people care about. We also know that Michael Ardt, who wrote Toy Story 3 for Disney, has already writen a 50 page treatment which the script will be based on. There’s the question of composer. The iconic John Williams, while still alive, is towards the end of his career and only occasionally does work almost exclusively with Steven Spielberg. But if not him, who? My vote would go to Hans Zimmer. If anyone saw the Dark Knight Trilogy, they could testify that Zimmer proved in that franchise a mastery for the swashbuckling, dramatic percussion that made the original Star Wars score so iconic.