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Star Wars Episode VII: The Audition Script You've Been Looking For?

Thomas

(kidding)

Can€™t you go any faster?

Rachel

Shut up and eat your apple.

He enjoyed that. But every step is sheer agony on the leg.

Rachel

There€™s a barn a little farther up the road€

INT. BARN €“ LATE DAY A big BARN, dark and damp. Rachel covers the floor with hay, then lays out her sleeping bag. Thomas look through her backpack for anything he can use as a bandage.

Rachel

You need rest€

She lowers him down €“ which puts her face mere inches from his open would. She cringes without meaning to.

Thomas

Sorry. I know it€™s €“

Rachel

It€™s fine. I€™m just, not a big fan of blood.

Thomas

Ya know, for such a tough girl you€™re kind of squeamish.

Rachel

Your fever€™s still up. And we have to get some more food in you.

Thomas

I€™m not hungry.

Rachel

It wasn€™t a request.

She sits down next to him and takes out a loaf of bread.

Thomas (CONT€™D)

Rachel, thanks for coming to get me.

Rachel

Family has to stick together, right?

She starts to rise. He grabs her hand €“ dead serious:

Thomas

Listen, if I don€™t make it €“

Rachel

Sssshh.

Thomas

But if I don€™t€

Before he can finish, she drops down next to him and looks him dead in the eye.

Rachel

You€™re not going to die. I forbid it. Okay?

Thomas

Okay.

Rachel

Get some sleep.

Thomas

What about you?

Rachel I will. In a bit.

Please be advised, the following article is all speculation based on the contents of the script.

While it is safe to assume this scene will not be in the movie, there are significant themes and ideas found in the script that provide us clues of what to expect in the next film.

Such as the tone, after the first read though it sounds similar to something you would find in young adult (YA) literature. The YA genre is the trend in Hollywood lately. Specific examples include but are not limited to Twilight, The Hunger Games, and the much anticipated Divergent. All of them have a female lead protagonist on a journey of self-discovery. The scene itself is similar to one in The Hunger Games where Katniss Everdeen tends to Peeta Mellark€™s wounds in a cave. Again this scene will probably not be in the film, but it does provide us a moment between the two characters, which seems ripe with melodrama, but should prove interesting since the lead characters in the Star Wars franchise up until now have been all male. When you change a female lead character it alters the landscape of the story such as how the character perceives things and how they deal with certain situations. Considering Star Wars has always pandered predominately to a male demographic it should be interesting to see how audiences will react. The following are official descriptions of the characters from the official casting site. RACHEL €“ Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by. Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead. THOMAS €“ Has grown up without a father€™s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn€™t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can€™t take life too seriously. The script describes them as being family, but does not explicitly state they are brother and sister. Rachel€™s description also states she has no other family, which might end the debate of whether this story revolves around the Solo or Skywalker€™s kids. Although the identity of Rachel and Thomas€™ parents are unknown, parallels can be drawn between Rachel and Thomas and Luke and Anakin Skywalker respectively. Rachel like Luke dreams of a different life, and both grew up without their parents, whereas Thomas and Anakin both lacked father figures. The script opens with Rachel literally bearing Thomas€™ weight on her back, which could be a representation of the strength she will need in order to endure Thomas€™ decision to join the dark side and the consequences resulting from that choice. Rachel€™s decision would require her to be the last one standing. Another detail to point out is the apple since in literature they have always been ripe with symbolism, whether it is foreshadowing or a metaphor. It has stood for knowledge, temptation, or the fall of man this could suggest Thomas is likely to become the antagonist at some point. Assuming these themes and ideas are in the final story. Here is my take on the narrative. Taking into account the Galactic Empire has collapsed the story would address the complacency that comes from a time of peace. The new generation brought up in a post Empire era would be raised hearing stories about the war and dream of one day being significant like their heroes. It would be a coming of age film and a hero€™s journey for Rachel as she finds her place in the universe in order to become a strong Jedi warrior. Unfortunately, her protective nature towards Thomas, and his lack of understanding of that protection would cause him to push her away and actively seek his own path resulting in him becoming the villain. His personality trait of not taking life too seriously would have a negative effect on his moral compass changing the way he views his actions. Films from the same era reflect the culture and what the world was like at the time. In this case men have become more passive, which resulted in women becoming strong willed and more independent than before. They are no longer the ones that need to be provided for, but the ones providing. Add the element of sibling rivalry (a tale as old as time) and what you end up with a story that fits into the larger Star Wars€™ mythology. Tell us what you think, or even what hope to see from Star Wars Episode VII?
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