Disney has just announced the cast for Star Wars Episode VII. It includes the original stars, some transplants from other beloved geek franchises, and some fresh faces. It also has a great name on the script, but thankfully not that name. It couldn't help but make me wish the new Star Wars movie was out and available on iTunes already. Then I realized none of the Star Wars movies are available on iTunes. It's 2014, why can't I watch Star Wars on my iPhone or iPad yet? First things first, here's what StarWars.com had to say:
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. [...] Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
Okay, now, here's what I want to know: When will Disney give Apple the rights to sell Star Wars on iTunes? My guess is sometime before the new movie launches as a way to pull in the most money and push the most marketing clout, but I truly hope it's before that.
Yes, the Blu-ray is stunningly beautiful — though it's the special special editions and not the originals, ugh — but physical media gets damaged and isn't mobile or transportable.
The Star Wars Episode VII cast is all well and good, but the announcement I'm waiting for is the original Star Wars on iTunes!