It seems that most of the discussion around here these days is mostly operating on the assumption that Episode VII will be set in a time period not too far removed from the OT, and that the Big Three will be returning. I've been guilty of it myself, but we must remember that it's really only guesswork right now. What do we actually have to go on? Mark Hamill said he and Carrie Fisher talked to George Lucas in the summer about there being more movies. Carrie confirmed that she would be in it but then her representative said she was joking. An unnamed source at EW said Harrison Ford was open to it, but there was no indication that he had even been approached. I'm thinking we may be reading far too much into all of this. Remember that Nerdvana blog which stated that a connection at Lucasfilm said a writer and director had already been chosen? What if that was true? They announced that Michael Arndt was writing just after it was leaked by The Hollywood Reporter. What if they were planning on announcing the writer and director together along with some kind of other information about the movies at a planned juncture... say December 31? When that same person was asked if the ST would be set 50 years or more after ROTJ, they said, "Think further out". So here's my theory. What if after a 10 year gap between I and II, and a 20 year gap between III and IV, there's a much longer gap between VI and VII... like a hundred years or more? Completely new time period, completely new characters (with the exception of Artoo and Threepio, and maybe some other character(s) if they have a long enough life span). The Republic has been at peace for a long time, and we really get to see the legacy of the characters and events of the previous films. Then maybe at some crucial juncture Luke and Leia appear in cameos as Force ghosts to offer their descendents guidance. We would still be dealing with the theme of passing the torch, only not quite as literally as we thought... or maybe more so, depending on your point of view. This way it's a blank slate, they don't have to use or overwrite the EU, and a couple of old faces show up briefly and make the fans smile. Then everybody's happy, as long as they haven't let their imaginations get the best of them already.