Note: The following are just thoughts about more recent news and rumors about possible appearances from some well known Star Wars characters.
A long, long time ago there was a time when Star Wars prequels were only talked about in hushed tones among nerds on message boards. It had been 16 years since the world watched a new Star Wars film until 1999 and The Phantom Menace came along. Now it's been just under a decade since Revenge of the Sith ended the prequels and what a lot of long time fans would call a failure in revival. Despite being bitten once we're seeing the same pattern reemerge among fans all over again. Just like in the mid and late 90's we're seeing rumors and quotes passed around as a new piece to a complicated puzzle that will surely result in the greatest film ever made. Are we really positioning ourselves to make the same mistakes?
Remember when all we wanted to see were the origins of our favorite characters? What was a young Obi-Wan like? What does a Jedi academy look like? How does Yoda wield a lightsaber? All these questions lit the fire of our imaginations of a vast world we had only viewed through three movies. Three more could further this vast universe that once enthralled us so much and yet we were all left disappointed.
Poised again on the precipice of yet another trilogy we're asking these questions all over again. Will we see the main trio, Luke, Leia, and Han, again? What really happened after Return of the Jedi? What will a revived Jedi Order look like? Do we really want these questions answered?
What we really should be wondering about is story, acting, and taking this movie not so seriously. Go re-watch those first three movies again. The characters are human. They joke, poke fun, and have wonderful chemistry that comes out from every scene. In the prequels the chemistry was bogged down by stiff writing and acting, a lack of true understanding of the characters and more importance placed on the universe. Lost were small hole in the wall watering holes like the cantina on Tatooine and in its place are sweeping vistas and buildings on planets we barely get to know.
So be careful what you wish for and clamor over and hope for. What we need isn't a new take on Star Wars, what we need is a balance that even Lucas doesn't know how to strike.