J.J. Abrams tweeted the following handwritten note to fans:
“I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie. JJ”
The letter was photographed on top of a Dejarik table that looks suspiciously like the one aboard the Falcon. So the answer is yes. Yes, the Millennium Falcon is in Episode VII. Not that that’s particularly surprising, but it’s somewhat comforting that J.J. isn’t going to be ultra-secretive for secrecy’s sake, persisting even after the cat’s been let out of the bag (as it was when the internet totally figured out the Khan “spoiler”).
I know J.J. was the wrong guy to direct the recent Star Trek films, but I have a feeling he’s the right guy to direct these. My only concern is, with the announcement of the spin-off films coming out in between direct sequels, we’re going to get too much Star Wars at once. I want to look forward to the next Star Wars movie without the risk of the franchise becoming diluted with quantity. I want each film to be so breathlessly intense I need at least a year or two to fully process it. I’m not so helplessly bright-eyed that I don’t understand why Disney wants to become a Star Wars factory, but the model works well for Marvel adaptations because that universe has been constantly evolving for seventy years, not because they created it all within a few years’ time.
I am, however, excited about the new canon books. Seems like a good place to jump in for people like me who felt a little too overwhelmed by the enormity of the expanded universe. I’ve read some of Timothy Zahn’s stuff, but didn’t feel too compelled to read the rest. As for the comics that existed up until now, I haven’t found too many that blew my socks off.