Despite Star Wars: The Force Awakens having been released only a month ago, the dust is not able to settle as production for Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected to begin soon. However there is a rumour that the script may be rewritten once more before shooting is underway.
A reporter for The Wrap stated on the Meet The Movie Press podcast: “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 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.”
This is likely a response to the wide spread approval of the new characters (Poe, Finn and Rey) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While a focus on these characters is welcomed, one cannot forget the importance of a continuous stream of new characters for the Star Wars universe.
For example imagine Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back without the charm and adventure of Lando Calrissian or the surprising popularity of the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Let’s hope that this Star Wars: Episode VIII rewrite doesn’t squander any new talent or waste the opportunity to further develop the Star Wars universe with new and exciting characters.