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It's official. When "Star Wars: Episode VII" returns us to that galaxy far, far away, it will take us back with the familiar themes of John Williams, who will return to score the first film of the new trilogy. A press release and an accompanying video made the announcement over the weekend.

Hiring Williams is definitely a good step to getting back the faith of the "Star Wars" diehards that were miffed by the choices George Lucas made with the prequels, but if J.J. Abrams and company really want to bring back the good feelings of the original trilogy, there are a three specific themes that Williams should recreate.

Also, click past the jump for a Spotify playlist of William's best "Star Wars" themes.

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Jaina Solo

By Ryan Rigley

Fear not, "Star Wars" fans! While we may not be getting any info on J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" for another year or two there has been some news on the "Star Wars Rebels" front. The latest CGI-animated "Star Wars" series, announced back in May and set to premiere next fall on Disney XD, is said to take place during the two decade break between "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode IV: A New Hope."

Last weekend, at the Star Wars Celebration in Germany, a new logo for the series was revealed in addition to a few concept sketches inspired by Ralph McQuarrie. This is all very exciting, but not quite as exciting as what's to come in the newest "Star Wars" trilogy; i.e. the possibility of being introduced to Han and Leia's daughter, Jaina Solo, if Abrams and crew skew closer to the Expanded Universe.

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Things have been relatively quiet in that galaxy far, far away. Aside from a rumor (the overblown talk of J.J. Abrams' departure) and the obvious return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, we really haven't heard too much about what's going on with "Star Wars: Episode VII," so you can imagine the internet's excitement when someone claimed to have some casting news.

Latino Review claims that they've got a source with knowledge of the ongoing casting process for "Star Wars: Episode VII." According to the site, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron have all met with producers about roles in the upcoming sequel.

They then claimed that DiCaprio is already out, Gosling met for Luke Skywalker, and Efron met for an unknown role. The site mentioned the possibility of Han Solo's son for Efron, but that was admittedly a guess on the writer's part.

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Muftak

By Ryan Rigley

With the decades old rivalry between "Star Wars" fans and Trekkies, it's hard to imagine sci-fi nerds being okay with "Star Trek" director J. J. Abrams also helming the new "Star Wars" trilogy. However, according to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, the two franchises may be more closely linked than you think. "'Star Trek' softened up the entertainment arena so that 'Star Wars' could come along and stand on its shoulders," explains Lucas in an interview for "Trek Nation." "The fanbase was primarily the 'Star Trek' fanbase, who understood science fiction, who understood visual science fiction, and was ready for something like ['Star Wars'] to be in the feature arena."

By the looks of it, the animosity between the two fan-bases has slowly subsided throughout the years. But perhaps Abrams' "Star Wars VII" will help mend the gap entirely! Clearly, there are still many questions left unanswered; chief among those questions being which memorable minor characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy will be appearing in the new films? Take Muftak for instance, a Talz orphan who appears in the Mos Eisley Cantina during "A New Hope."

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Angry Birds Star Wars

"Angry Birds Star Wars" at first seemed like the straw that would break the merchandising juggernaut's back. Could "'Star Wars' sell out any further?" many fans asked, but the mobile game tie-in ended up being the best version to date of the outrageously popular app.

That's why we're so excited for the recently announced "Angry Birds Star Wars II," the new game from Rovio that will incorporate many new features, characters, and levels that any fan of the film series will recognize.

Check out the new trailer for "Angry Birds Star Wars II" after the jump!

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Star Wars

By Ryan Rigley

Although "Star Wars" won't be making any sort of appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year, Disney has announced that this year's D23 Expo will be pushing the galaxy far, far away quite prominently. Taking place in Anaheim, California from August 9th to 11th, rumors has it that Disney will be making official the role reprisals of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia with appearances from Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer.

While this news is certainly exciting, we've already assumed that Luke and company would be coming back for the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Sure, and official announcement would be nice and all, but we can't help but wonder which memorable minor characters might be popping up in "Star Wars VII." Take Wedge Antilles for example, a Corellian pilot that appears in all three of the original "Star Wars" films.

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Star Wars

Next week, Comic-Con will kick off in San Diego, but the annual geeky gathering will be missing the one property that just about everyone was hoping would make an appearance. Disney chose to put their Comic-Con spotlight squarely on Marvel and their plans for expanding that universe, and yesterday we found out why.

Disney announced that "Star Wars" would be a key player in their own D23 Expo, a biennial show in Anaheim, California that the studio uses to hype upcoming projects. A press release from the House of Mouse described two events already planned for D23, an exhibit about the development of Darth Vader and "Crash Course in the Force," a remedial overview of all things "Star Wars."

But where are the big plans for "Episode VII"? While nothing is official, The Hollywood Reporter cited "insiders" who said that "Star Wars" actors would appear at the expo to confirm their involved in the Abrams movie due out in 2015.

So what can we expect from "Star Wars" at D23? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.

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Darth Maul

By Ryan Rigley

During last week's Wizard World NYC, Ray Park (best known for his portrayal of Toad in "X-Men" and Snake Eyes in "G.I. Joe") sat down with MTV Geek and had a chat about reprising a certain role of his long forgotten. The role in question? Darth Maul, the sinister Sith Lord of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace."

"Just give me food and water, and I'm there," Park jokes on whether or not he'd be willing to come back for J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII." The Scottish-born actor goes on to state that he'd like his character to return "with something a little bit spicy," i.e. not one but TWO double-bladed lightsabers. So what are the chances that Darth Maul would be resurrected for the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Click past the jump to find out!

Who?
A Dathomiri Nightbrother born on the planet Iridonia, the infant known as Maul was handed over to the nefarious Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, by his own mother at an early age. Sidious would go on to train Maul in the ways of the dark side of the Force, keeping his "secret apprentice" hidden in a training facility on the volcanic planet Mustafar. Maul would eventually become an integral part of the Order of the Sith Lords, acting as a Sith Assassin used only to take care of the jobs that no one else could.

As Palpatine's secret apprentice, Darth Maul was always technically considered a violation of the Rule of Two being that Sidious was, at the time, an apprentice himself to the Sith Lord known as Darth Plagueis. However, Plagueis was always fully aware of Darth Maul's existence and even supported his training. After all, Darth Maul played a very important role during the invasion of Naboo. That is, until he was chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Why?
Fairly recently, Darth Maul was actually resurrected on the hit animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" in which he is seen sporting a cybernetic set of legs. After his defeat in "Episode I," Maul is exiled to the trash planet Lotho Minor where he is later discovered by his brother, Savage Opress, and brought back to his homeworld Dathomir to be physically and psychologically rejuvenated.

How?
Clearly, Darth Maul has a score to settle with Obi-Wan for what the Jedi Master took away from him all those years ago. But with Obi-Wan long gone, who better to exact his vengeance upon than Obi-Wan's star pupil, Luke Skywalker? Granted, this is a long shot but if "The Clone Wars" could seamlessly merge the gap between "Episode I" and the "Star Wars" animated series then who's to say that A-list director J. J. Abrams can't do the same for "Star Wars VII"? The world is in dire need of a half-robot Darth Maul with two doubled-bladed lightsabers. Make it happen, Disney!

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Oola

By Ryan Rigley

A while back, Disney announced their plans to release a new "Star Wars" film each year starting in 2015. With a new trilogy currently in the works, rumors of several "Star Wars" spin-off films have been popping up all over the Internet in recent months. But who will be starring in said spin-off films? According to JoBlo, the rumors of a "Boba Fett" and a "Young Han Solo" spin-off film are both 100% accurate.

Apparently, Disney plans on releasing the two films in 2016 and 2018 respectively with the "Young Han Solo" movie focusing on how he and Chewbacca met and came to own the Millennium Falcon. While this is all very exciting, we can't help but wonder about the fate of the new "Star Wars" trilogy and what memorable minor characters might be popping up onscreen. Take Oola for example, the Twi'lek dancer that Jabba the Hutt feeds to his pet rancor in "Return of the Jedi."

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Zuckuss

By Ryan Rigley

Now that production on "Star Wars VII' is starting to heat up, the flood gates have been opened for rumors a plenty regarding the film. Last Wednesday, Bleeding Cool intercepted a casting breakdown for the movie revealing seven brand new characters; late-teen female, young twenty-something male, late twenty-something male, seventy-something male, second young female, forty-something male, and thirty-something male.

While there may not be any character names revealed thus far, judging by the casting breakdown it's fairly safe to say that the previous rumor of Jaina and Jacen Solo being the main focus of the new trilogy is false. Han and Leia's twin children may not be appearing in "Star Wars VII" after all, but we can't help but wonder what memorable characters from the original trilogy will be showing up. Take Zuckuss for example, the Gand bounty hunter that briefly appears in "Empire Strikes Back."

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