I expect a director and some of the principle cast to announced by the years end and maybe even some concet drawings. I remember four things being announced in particular for The Phantom Menace. George Lucas to direct. Casting of Liam Nesson, Ewan and Natalie. The pod race. The first photo: Federation Battle tank. I was horrified by Nesson's casting, although I have grown to love him, I remembered him from The Dead Pool, I think that the PT Trilogy could have done with him through out as a force ghost. I was horrified by news of the Pod race- I hate racing but it was an excellent sequence. I thought Natalie and Ewan where inspired. Although I always wanted Kenneth Branagh to be Obi Wan. I think that Ewan excelled in the fights but was let down by the direction 'you were right about one thing the negotiations were short'. As for Natalie George absolutely wasted her talent. I was none plused about the picture of the Battle tank. As I remember there wasn't as much pre publicity photos for the Phantom Menace until the trailer came out. For the other two it seemed that pre-vis and on set stuff came out straight away. This trilogy is going to be harder to specualte on because there is no known end points for the end of IX.