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September 24, 1996 - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / Children of the Force rumor

Scooped on Saturday, June 27, 2009

This fellow's 'friend of a friend' allegedly told him the 'inside' details concerning the new trilogy. Although the official title for the first episode has not been chosen, the working titled used inside Lucasfilm is 'Children of the Force'. The opening sequence is said to show a massive space battle, resulting in a devastating loss for the forces of good. The scooper mentioned that Lucas wants to cast Canadian actor Stephen Arcand as a young Ben Kenobi and a recognizable star for the role of the Emperor. A new Jedi Knight character, called 'Pundaï Karel', will be played by an unknown young actor, possibly named Carl Matthiew or Mathieu. Finally, the anonymous letter-writer said that there are drawings of characters that put Boba Fett to shame.

This scoop was delivered anonymously, and readers are reminded of the flock of rumors that have appeared concerning the next James Bond picture, to the point of scoop submissions claiming that certain lesser-known actors had landed key character roles. And besides, why would the first picture be subtitled 'Children of the Force'? The last we heard, Anakin Skywalker wasn't going to have his children born in the first episode. Something doesn't smell right with this rumor.

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