Unnamed sources have revealed that a potential working title for Star Wars: Episode VII could have close ties to Max von Sydow’s character.
While Star Wars as a series is pretty well entrenched in its episodic structure at this point, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find many people who would answer a question like “what’s your favorite Star Wars movie” with “Episode V.” Most people would just say The Empire Strikes Back without a second thought. That said, up until now franchise fans haven’t had much choice but to call Episode VII by any other name than its number. If recent reports can be believed however, that may no longer be the case.
According to an unnamed source, J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII will wear the subtitle The Ancient Fear. This same source also reported that this title will refer “to Max von Sydow’s villain who makes Pazuzu look like a pussy.” Von Sydow was, of course, one of the actors confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm to be participating in the film.
It should be noted, of course, that none of this has been even remotely confirmed by Abrams, Disney, Lucasfilm or any sort of official announcement. That being the case, the anonymous source behind the current reports apparently also leaked that the movie would be shooting in Abu Dhabi prior to Disney’s eventual confirmation. That in mind, we’ll be eager to see if this rumor winds up being true. In the mean time, what do you think of The Ancient Fear and, perhaps more importantly, the prospect of Max von Sydow playing its chief baddie? Considering Sydow’s experience and gravitas as an actor, I personally think they could do a heck of a lot worse.
Source: Ain’t It Cool News