Star Wars: Episode VII has become a tiring marathon of non-news, as unverified casting reports continue to trickle in along with the occasional far-fetched rumor, and some non-too-exciting technical tidbits. That may all change any minute now, with New York Comic-Con 2013 kicking off this weekend. Various 'insider sources' are once again claiming that the event will be the platform behind a major casting announcement and teaser trailer reveal featuring Luke Skywalker.

We've heard this all before, as Comic-Con 2013 and Disney's D23 showcase came and went without any new revelations at all. We shouldn't get our hopes up about NYCC, as it is the lesser venue, and not as big of a showcase for such an awaited announcement. Then again, a smaller platform might be the perfect place to finally confirm the official cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

The most trusted info heading into NYCC 2013 comes from Ali Arikan, the chief film critic of Dipnot TV. We've never heard of him before, and he tweets in a language we don't understand, but the uber-fans believe he is a trusted source when it comes to all Star Wars: Episode VII related news.

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Here is his Tweet from earlier today.

As you can see, that could say something horrible about all of your mothers and unborn babies. We don't know for sure. But this is how others have transcribed it.

"So here's what I'm hearing about Star Wars: Episode VII. Casting and title announcements are imminent, possibly today or tomorrow. But that's not all. I've heard word that there'll be an announcement trailer/teaser featuring Luke."

Ali Arikan claims this news came from the same source that revealed Benedict Cumberbatch is set to be a Sith Lord, and that Saoirse Ronan was testing for a female villain. The source was also the first to reveal that Ewan McGregor is returning as a force ghost.

If we are in fact getting a teaser trailer with the first casting announcement, it could explain why Mark Hamill has been working out so much lately. His friend, former roommate and the man behind Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, recently revealed this interesting bit of info,

"Mark now-they've got Mark in the gym, because Mark's coming back as Luke Skywalker. They've got him doing his sit ups."

Is it possible that we will see the first Star Wars: Episode VII footage before the end of the week? Will Disney finally break its long silence on this movie? Or are we all just being set up for more disappointment? Who knows? I'm guessing some of you are even, at this point, saying, "Who cares?"

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B. Alan Orange