For a while there, it looked like we'd be plagued with daily updates about "Star Wars: Episode VII," but it's been rather quiet on that front recently. Today, however, a curious rumor has emerged that may finally shed some light regarding Luke Skywalker's role in rebuilding the Jedi Temple in the upcoming sequel.
The news comes as a casual mention in a Reuters article about the Mayan temple that served as the Rebel Alliance base on Yavin IV in "A New Hope." Apparently, the site has become popular in the midst of the current Mayan-fuelled doomsday hysteria.
The big news here comes towards the end of the article, where it's stated that "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."
It must be pointed out that this plotline borrows a bit from the Expanded Universe stuff, and the article cites several "Star Wars" fans who may have crossed up the author of this particular article. The rumored plotline is of course unsubstantiated and isn't likely to be confirmed by Disney nor Lucasfilm anytime soon.
At the moment, it hasn't even been confirmed that Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Skywalker, so it's certainly much too early to count on the character's return despite this report.
Currently, Michael Arndt is plugging away on the screenplay while Kathleen Kennedy and company seek out a director for the highly-anticipated sequel. Several high profile names have been rumored for the gig, but it's difficult to even determine a front-runner at this point.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is set for release in 2015, at which point fans may or may not see what Luke, Leia, and Han have been up to.