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  • Brandon Rhea


    Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has revealed that filming has already begun for Star Wars Episode VII. Despite already filming, the filmmakers are currently finalizing their casing decisions. Horn said that while a lot of the casting decisions have been made, "it's not completely done yet." In fact, Horn cited casting as the most difficult part of the process. As for when we might learn about the cast? "Patience you must have," Horn said in his best Yoda impression.

    So what scenes could already be shot without a full cast in place? Odds are these are location shoots, in order to film backgrounds that will either be used as their own stand-alone shots or be added into the background of a green-screen environment. But that's just a gues…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm have announced a few major, although still fairly vague, pieces of news for Star Wars Episode VII. The report can be found on StarWars.com and includes:

    • Setting: Episode VII will take place about 30 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
    • Characters: The film will "star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." However, there are "no further details on casting or plot" at this time.
    • Filming: Episode VII will begin filming in May, and it will be based at Pinewood Studios in London. This is the first Star Wars film to begin shooting in May.

    Star Wars Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

    What do you think of this news? Any surprises for you in here? Tell us …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Denis Lawson, who portrayed ace Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original trilogy, has been the subject of much fan discussion today after he appeared resistant to the idea of returning to the role for Star Wars Episode VII. According to a story in The Scotsman, a Scottish media outlet, Lawson didn't appear to keen about the possibility of returning—and even turned down a cameo role in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith:

    "Honestly, I made the first Star Wars film in 1976 and it doesn't really interest me. I know it's interesting to other people but I get really bored talking about it. Sorry."

    Macini Pictures, however, had previously spoken to Lawson in May 2013 about the possibility of returning, and he seemed a bit mo…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting what J.J. Abrams has in store for Star Wars Episode VII, and acclaimed actress Natalie Portman counts herself among them. Portman gained a great deal of exposure for playing Queen and, later, Senator Padmé Amidala in all three films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and she can't wait to see what Episode VII has to offer. Speaking to MoviePilot, Portman had this to say about the new Star Wars films:

    "I am so excited about them. I think J.J. Abrams is such a talent and I can't wait to see what he does. I am only sorry that my character died, which means I can't be in them. I saw him somewhere and I said, "How did this happen? I can't believe I'm not going to be in the new movie.""

    Padmé may have died in Star Wars …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Anyone who has followed the lead-up to a J.J. Abrams movie knows that the director prefers to keep things under wraps. Rather than spoiling crucial moments of a film, the Star Wars Episode VII director would rather an audience experience it in the theater, not in front of the computer. There is perhaps no clearer example of this than last year's Star Trek Into Darkness, where Abrams kept the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain a secret. Although there was plenty of speculation and the news did eventually get out, most people did not find out that the character John Harrison was actually Khan Noonien Singh until they finally saw the movie.

    We can certainly debate the merits of a marketing campaign that hides the identity of the film's ic…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    The worst kept secret in Hollywood just got a little less secretive. According to Carrie Fisher, she expects to report to work on Star Wars Episode VII in March or April, reprising her role as Princess Leia. She also said that Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will be reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, respectively. Her expectation of March or April is in line with today's report that the movie would begin shooting in May. The Carrie Fisher news was reported by TV Guide, as Fisher spoke about her upcoming roles in The Big Bang Theory and Legit.

    Fisher joked that she'd like to once again wear Princess Leia's signature hairstyle from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. "I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again – but with …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Following up on previous reports about J.J. Abrams' comments about Star Wars Episode VII at the Television Critics Association press tour, USA Today has revealed that the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga will begin filming in May in the United Kingdom. This news was confirmed by Abrams himself.

    Although the director says that it's too soon to talk about what the film's story will be, even with the script now completed, we are fast approaching news about who will be in the film. Abrams says casting announcements will come "soon" and that he is "looking forward to that so that we can get past it and we can get on with it." Something tells me Abrams isn't the biggest fan about all the casting rumors going around.

    Despite whatever feelings he may ha…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that the film's script is finished, or at least in a mostly finalized state, and that he and his team are in "deep prep" to get ready for principal photography, which is expected to begin in the next few months. Work on the film is "full steam ahead," Abrams said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour earlier today.

    In addition to the script, Abrams also took the time to comment on a few of the rumors that have been floating around the internet, such as that Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons had auditioned for an unspecified role in the film. According to Abrams, Plemons "is one of the actors that we've talked to." Plemons himself downplayed the rumors, saying that they were…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    When The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm officially announced that the release date for Star Wars Episode VII would be December 18, 2015—rather than the summer of 2015, as originally expected—questions began to swirl about whether the studio was still planning on releasing a Star Wars film every year. After all, earlier this year, we learned that the anticipated release order for the films would be Episode VII in 2015, a spinoff film in 2016, Star Wars Episode VIII in 2017, another spinoff in 2018, and then Star Wars Episode IX in 2019. Disney moving the film back to December in order to give the production more time, however, cast doubt on those lofty expectations.

    Earlier today, at Variety's Dealmakers' Breakfast, Disney Studios chairman Al…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn was just speaking at Variety's Dealmakers' Breakfast, where he dropped a hint about the progress being made on Star Wars Episode VII. Specifically, when the studio expects to see the completed script, and what his estimate is for the film's budget. These tidbits were reported by Marc Graser, a journalist at Variety who tweeted the remarks from the event.

    Neither of these facts surprise me. The film will start shooting around March or April, so it makes sense that writers J.J. Abrams (who is also the director) and Lawrence Kasdan would give themselves that amount of time to write the best story possible. $200 million also seems to be a fairly expected number. Though Disney has indicated that they want to be…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    When it was announced that Star Wars Episode VII was being released on December 18, 2015, the biggest competition on that same day was Warcraft, a film adaptation of the hugely popular gaming franchise of the same name. Here on Fanpedia, that led us to wonder, in our most recent Community Showcase, what that would mean for both films' box office earnings.

    Now we know that Legendary, the studio behind the Warcraft film, had to ask themselves that same question. Their answer? Warcraft will be hurt by Episode VII. Given that, the studio has opted to move Warcraft's release back to March 11, 2016. That leaves Inferno, the next film based on Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series (which also includes The Da Vinci Code), as the only other December 18th releas…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    A few weeks ago, The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm officially announced that Star Wars Episode VII would be released on December 18, 2015, marking the first time a live-action Star Wars film has not been released in the month of May. Speaking to MTV's Josh Horowitz, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams discussed the December release date, which is a change from what Disney originally said would be a summer 2015 release.

    The December release date "is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted to do it in the summer." Abrams notes that the 2015 release was first announced when Episode VII was announced, so it happened before he even joined the film. Abrams said he understands why they would want to announce a year that…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Are you looking to audition for Star Wars Episode VII, but you can't make it to one of the in-person open casting locations in the United States and the United Kingdom? The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm have also set up online auditions so you can still try out for the film! You can send in an audition tape here by next Tuesday, December 3, 2013—exactly one week from today. Simply follow the steps on the page to submit your online audition.

    The studio is currently casting for two lead roles. One is currently known as Rachael, a "beautiful, smart and athletic" young woman between the ages of 17 and 18. She's street-wise and able to take care of herself, and always hoping to escape the lot she's been given in life. The other is known as T…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Casting for Star Wars Episode VII is well underway, with open auditions being held for two lead roles currently being referred to as Thomas and Rachel. Now, a new report in The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Episode VII is looking to cast a "40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium." 

    For thsoe who haven't seen Elysium, what might that mean? According to the official Elysium site, Matt Damon's character "hasn't always played by the rules," and spends a lot of his life in prison. He is an orphan from 22nd Century Los Angeles, and now has committed himself to staying on the right side of the law—until "something goes awry, and consequences out of Max's control once again test his resolve."

    We don't yet know whether any of that will tra…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Master swordsman Nick Gillard, who worked as the stunt coordinator on all three films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, has said he is unlikely to return for Star Wars Episode VII. Gillard tweeted the news on November 19, 2013:

    Were you a fan of Gillard's work in the prequels? Do you want to see him return for the new films? Let us know in the comments below!
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  • Brandon Rhea

    Lucasfilm has confirmed that everyone's favorite astro droid, R2-D2, will be returning for Star Wars Episode VII, marking the character's seventh appearance in a live-action Star Wars film. The droid was first introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and went on to appear in the rest of the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and many other books, games, and more.

    The droid model that will be used in the film was built by Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, huge Star Wars fans and members of the R2-D2 Builders Club. They are currently working at Pinewood Studios, where Episode VII will be filmed, with an exclusive focus on building astro droids like R2-D2. "It’s fascinating to see the whole process of filmmaking a…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    After nearly a year, it's hard to imagine anyone else directing Star Wars Episode VII than J.J. Abrams—but, if he had gone with his original instinct, he may not have taken the job. Speaking to Peconic Public Broadcasting, the man who brought Mission: Impossible and Star Trek back to the big screen said he was concerned that taking on another iconic franchise was "too much power for one man!"

    "I was insanely flattered [by the offer], but felt like it was too much. I was already involved in a couple series that pre-existed me and I wanted to get back to doing original stories. [But] it was such a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something completely thrilling and wildly challenging."

    I'm glad he came around to directing the movie, because I think he…

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  • Brandon Rhea
    Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Two franchises that J.J. Abrams helped to resurrect will face off at the box office, as Mission: Impossible 5 is now set to open on Christmas Day 2015. This comes one week after the release of Star Wars Episode VII, which Abrams is directing. Abrams made his film directing debut with Mission: Impossible II, which saw the franchise return after a six year hiatus. Abrams' company, Bad Robot Productions, continues to produce the Mission: Impossible series.

    The film, which will once again star Tom Cruise as Agent Ethan Hunt, follows 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, a highly acclaimed action film that earned around $700 million globally. Despite the relatively big haul, I think…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Kicking off a firestorm of speculation that everyone's favorite astro-droid, R2-D2, will be appearing in Star Wars Episode VII, Bad Robot Productions tweeted a behind the scenes photograph of Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, producer (and Lucasfilm President) Kathleen Kennedy, and the little droid himself. You can check out the image below:

    Whether R2-D2 is in the movie or not (which I'm sure he is), this tells us one thing: it's really happening! This is undoubtedly an image from the pre-production of Episode VII. Not only that, it's one of the first we've ever gotten. Be excited!

    Do you want to see R2-D2 in Episode VII? Let us know in the comments below!
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  • Brandon Rhea

    This weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm are holding open auditions for Star Wars Episode VII at the Arnolfini Arts Centre in Bristol, United Kingdom. Starting today, thousands of would-be actors who were lined up, some waiting more than 20 hours in the pouring rain, got a chance to audition for a lead role in the next installment of the Star Wars Saga. The Telegraph quoted Jasmine Du'Pre, a 27 year old year old actress, as saying she arrived "at 2pm on Friday and have been here ever since." She was the first person in line and waited for 20 hours before she was finally allowed inside.

    For those who did get inside, they didn't stay for long. "It was all very quick," Du'Pre said. "They asked us if we'd done any films before, and what kind of acting …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    J.J. Abrams is making the press rounds talking about his new book S, and reporters of course have to ask him about progress on Star Wars Episode VII. Lucasfilm recently confirmed that open casting auditions are being held in the United States and United Kingdom, and we've heard a lot of rumors about the possibility of Benedict Cumberbatch playing the villain in Episode VII. During an interview on the BBC, host Neil Gaiman touched on casting by asking about the recent British casting rumors. You can see it at the 12:58 mark in the video above, or read the quote from Abrams:

    "It wouldn't be Star Wars if there weren't some fantastic actors who happened to be British. I think we're doing our job in looking everywhere for the best possible actors fo…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    Lucasfilm has confirmed that they are currently holding open casting auditions for Star Wars Episode VII throughout the United States and United Kingdom. The open casting is for lead roles in Episode VII, and anyone can submit a video audition or attend a casting call in person. The upcoming United States schedule is as follows:

    • November 10th – St. Louis, Missouri
    • November 14th – Chicago, Illinois
    • November 17th – Troy, Michigan
    • November 22nd – Austin, Texas
    • November 24th – Nashville, Tennessee

    There will also be auditions throughout the United Kingdom from November 9th to November 24th. You can read more about the UK auditions on Jedi News. Lucasfilm confirmed that this information is accurate in a Facebook post, but the post is only targeted to c…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Following the recent Disney earnings report, which came with it the announcement that Star Wars Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger sat down with Bloomberg to discuss the company's earnings—as well as a few bits of Star Wars information. Speaking about the December release date, Iger confirmed that the change from summer was to make sure that the creative team had enough time to make the best film they possibly can:

    "Well this is obviously one of the most important films we're working on right now, and one of the things that was very important to us was that we give the creative team—J.J. Abrams and his writing team—the time to design, write, and produce the film so we can optimize quality or so...they can cre…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    This should come as no surprise, given that The Walt Disney Company owns Star Wars now, but Disney has confirmed to The Wrap that the iconic 20th Century Fox fanfare, which played at the start of every Star Wars movie over the Fox and Lucasfilm logos, will not be played over Star Wars Episode VII. This was to be expected, since 20th Century Fox will not be involved in the distribution or production of Episode VII, so we can assume that the Disney logo and fanfare will play instead.

    Here is one fan's take on what the new opening logos and crawl (which is fan-made, with nothing official in it) might look like. Please excuse the grey video preview; you can click play and it will work just fine!


    Are you disappointed that the iconic fanfare won't be part…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    Earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode VII would be filming in the United Kingdom, and we learned a few weeks ago that principal shooting would occur at Pinewood Studios in London. Now, Variety is reporting that the California Film Commission is disappointed that Star Wars is returning to the United Kingdom, rather than staying in California. The commission's chief, Amy Lemisch, said:

    "I have a giant list of major projects that California has lost because we can't compete on incentives and 'Star Wars' is at the top. 'Star Wars' would have been worth hundreds of millions of economic activity in California."

    Some of those other lost projects include Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, two upcoming films set in San Fra…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015. Though Star Wars films have been traditionally released in May, it has long been rumored that Episode VII would be released towards the end of 2015, giving the creative team more time to make the film. In the Lucasfilm statement, Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said:

    "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture."

    Though it's not part of the summer blockbuster season, major December releases have done very well in the past. James Cameron's Avat…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Star Wars Episode VII director gave fans quite a scare two weeks ago when he and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, took over the film's screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt, who had been working on the script for the past year. Since the announcement two weeks ago, the internet has kicked into overdrive with speculation about why the change was made, especially if it meant there was trouble brewing behind the scenes. Now, Abrams has spoken out about what happened:

    "It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be."

    In layman's terms, with the Episode VII

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Though he played Darth Vader in all three original trilogy films, David Prowse's voice was never heard on screen, instead dubbed over by the deep, iconic voice of James Earl Jones. Now that Star Wars Episode VII auditions are headed to the United Kingdom, Prowse has advice for aspiring Star Wars actors from his native Bristol: drop the accent.

    "You can't go 'oo-aar my dear here's my lightsaber," Prowse said. Episode VII casting agents, who are holding open casting calls in the UK, will likely not want to hear very heavy accents, so Prowse tells these aspiring actors to be "very, very serious about" the auditions. For his part, Prowse is interested to see what the open casting leads to, saying that there's "a fantastic amount of talent out there…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Gary Kurtz, the producer of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is often credited as being a major reason for why the Star Wars films were so successful. Though he left the saga before Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, he has continued to speak out on the success of Star Wars and what it was like to work on those first two films. Now, with open casting for Star Wars Episode VII well underway, Kurtz (who is not working on Episode VII) spoke to The Guardian about what the open casting process was like on the original Star Wars and why Episode VII is doing the same thing:

    I imagine the producers and casting directors for Episode VII will be holding open auditions for the same reasons we did. It's al…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    These days, it seems that everyone and their mother is writing stories or making videos about what Star Wars Episode VII needs to be successful. In a recent interview with The Times Magazine, J.J. Abrams made it clear that he and the creative team are listening, and he even cited one of the most popular videos about it. Abrams praised the "Dear J.J." video that recently came out, which said that Star Wars had four core essentials: that it was set on the frontier, that its locations and ships are gritty, and that the galaxy is a dangerous place—not to mention the mystery that went along with the Force and the rest of the mythology.

    "I would say that [the video] conveys a feeling that we share very much," Abrams said of the four rules. "I loved h…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Today is a big milestone for Star Wars fans. It marks the first anniversary of The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII and the sequel trilogy, both of which occurred on October 30, 2012. For the last year, we’ve known that Star Wars has a new lease on life for at least the next decade or so. While we don’t know many details beyond that, which surprises even this writer, we do know that Disney has made sure that Star Wars is here to stay.

    What do we know so far? Not much. We know that J.J. Abrams is Episode VII's director, and that he is co-writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan (after Michael Arndt exited the project). Kathleen Kennedy is the producer, and there were a whole host of crew me…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    .]] Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and consultant Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, have taken over screenwriting duties for Episode VII, replacing Michael Arndt who had been working on the script. In a statement released on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said:

    "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an …
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  • Brandon Rhea

    It's generally accepted that the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode VII is a foregone conclusion. Something that people are less sure about, though, is whether Billy Dee Williams will be reprising his role as the rogue-turned-Rebel hero Lando Calrissian—and, as reported by ComicBook.com, even Williams himself doesn't seem to know.

    "Everybody wants to know that. I have no idea,” Williams said about his possible return in Episode VII. The actor was speaking at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, when he was asked about whether he'd be up for returning. "I don’t know what they’re doing, but they’re still just in the middle of writing all that stuff. Obviously a lot of rumors are going around, but I don't …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    J.J. Abrams is Captain Kirk-approved for Star Wars Episode VII.

    After tackling the reinvention of the Star Trek franchise with 2009's Star Trek and this year's Star Trek Into Darkness, legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner says he has complete faith in Abrams' ability to do the same thing for Star Wars. Though Episode VII is not a reboot, whereas Star Trek was, Shatner believes that Abrams' Star Trek experiences will come in handy.

    "J.J. is a terrific director, and he gives you a great ride. He knows how to make the movie large with the special effects and everything. And that’s going to be wonderful. It’s going to be wonderful for both franchises. He certainly has enlivened Star Trek. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do because…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    Star Wars Episode VII is one of the most hotly anticipated film sequels of all time, but original series star Harrison Ford hasn't yet made up his mind on whether he wants to play the iconic Han Solo again. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on the BBC (alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, who is also rumored to be up for the role of the sequel trilogy villain), Ford said that he has "not quite made the choice" to return yet.

    Perhaps Ford is just being coy. He's previously said that he thinks his return as Han Solo is likely, and that he would likely be willing to return for more Star Wars. Only time will tell, of course, but if shooting is to begin in January 2014 as has been reported, that time will come very soon.

    Despite his apparent uncertaint…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    You may not have heard of Saoirse Ronan, but her possible connection to Star Wars Episode VII has been spreading like wildfire across a spoiler-craving internet lately. Ronan, perhaps best known for her role in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, was rumored to be up for a role in Episode VII. Recently, the actress herself confirmed to a number of media outlets that she auditioned for the film—but, and this is the key point, she was also cautious to say this to Digital Spy:

    "Everyone on the planet has gone up for Star Wars."

    This quote is why we won't report on who is auditioning for Episode VII. The list of people who are auditioning could probably fill a book. Besides, when we hear reports about these actors auditioning for roles, it's not an a…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Ever since The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm last year and announced its intention to make more Star Wars movies, some fans have been concerned about "Disneyfication" – that is to say, making Star Wars "cute" and for kids like the Disney animated movies a lot of us grew up with. If you're one of the fans who was concerned about seeing Mickey Mouse in Star Wars Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams wants to assure you that this is not the case. Speaking on The Tavis Smiley Show, Abrams said:

    "The beauty there is Disney doesn’t want that. They are well aware of this and they are very careful to make sure that...they are sensitive to that. They don’t want that at all, that's the last thing they want. But that company, which is Marvel, they …
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  • Brandon Rhea

    Yesterday, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference and mentioned how Star Wars Episode VII could be at least partly shot using IMAX cameras. According to a transcript of the speech, Gelfond is quoted as saying that IMAX is talking to J.J. Abrams and the studio "about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras." It's a bit of a poorly written/spoken sentence, but what it means is pretty obvious.

    This wouldn't be the first time that Abrams has shot a film using IMAX technology. A number of shots and scenes for Star Trek Into Darkness were shot using IMAX, allowing for a stunning view of the film. There are some drawbacks to only filming some of a movie in IMAX, though, such as the shifting screen size between IMA…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Yesterday, Den of Geek reported that a casting call in the United Kingdom might suggest that Star Wars Episode VII is looking for a new actor to play the mighty Chewbacca. It is, unfortunately, unlikely that Peter Mayhew, who played the faithful Wookiee in the original trilogy and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, will be returning for the role due to surgeries he has had on his knees.

    The casting call itself is for an "UNTITLED STUDIO FEATURE" and is looking for an actor who is "Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus." That could be for any movie, but the producers are listed as Kathleen Kennedy, …

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  • Brandon Rhea


    Khaaaaaaaaan!

    The rumors about Benedict Cumberbatch playing a Sith villain in the sequel trilogy, beginning with Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, keep on swirling. If the rumors are true, which is starting to seem likely, the Sherlock star will re-team with J.J. Abrams; Cumberbatch previously played Khan Noonien Singh in Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Now, Abrams himself has commented on the rumors—and he didn't exactly deny them. LA Times reporter Yvonne Villarreal recently had a chance to visit the Bad Robot Productions offices, where she spoke with Abrams about the casting of Episode VII. She tweeted the following quote:

    Abrams is known for misdirection, so this may not mean anything. It wouldn't be the first time he was dodgy about Cumberbatc…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming Star Wars revival. EW rightly knew that they wouldn't be getting any story hints out of the notoriously secretive director, so they instead asked him questions about tone. Although he did say that it is "impossible" to comment on the Star Wars films that exemplify the "spirit" and "tone" of Episode VII, given that it is still evolving, his goal is to "make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible." Abrams went on to say:

    "I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first on…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    I generally don't like reporting on stories about the original trilogy actors losing weight for Star Wars Episode VII, since it's so tabloidy, but I felt this one was worth reporting on. Robert Englund, who is famous for playing horror icon Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga, said that his good friend Mark Hamill is hitting the gym to get back into Jedi shape:

    "They've got mark in the gym. Because Mark's coming back as Luke Skywalker. They've got him doing his sit-ups."

    This isn't official confirmation that Hamill is returning to his role as the Jedi Master himself (only Disney and Lucasfilm can confirm that), but I do trust that Englund knows what he's talking about. He and Hamill have been friends for decades, and it was Engl…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    A few months back, it was rumored that J.J. Abrams was considering The Tudors stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers for a role in Star Wars Episode VII. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rhys Meyers (who previously worked with Abrams in Mission: Impossible III) commented on the rumors and said, "Look, I've worked with J.J. But I don't believe rumors."

    EW went on to note that, while the actor is known for his starring role as King Henry VIII of England for the Showtime series The Tudors, Rhys Meyers has mostly stayed away from Hollywood blockbusters. As the actor himself said, that maybe by design:

    "To be honest, I don’t watch many movies. There’s very, very few films that I will go to the cinema to see. I’ll go to the cinema to see anything by Paul Thomas An…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    Have you ever heard of Obi Wants to Know Me? Neither did I until a few days ago. The website is officially operated by Lucasfilm and is described as "an online community for Star Wars fans of all nature to share stories, give feedback, ask questions, and enter contests." It's a way for Lucasfilm to hear the opinions of the fans directly from the fans themselves. That includes their opinions on Star Wars Episode VII.

    In layman's terms, it's a focus group.

    Over on Latino Review, frequent Episode VII scoopster El Mayimbe posted an alleged screenshot from a conversation on Obi Wants to Know Me where, possibly confirming recent casting rumors, someone named Spencer from Lucasfilm asked for fan feedback on the rumor that Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pe…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Benedict Cumberbatch is throwing cold water on the rumor that he's been cast as a Sith villain in the sequel trilogy. The rumor first started making the rounds this week when FilmReview.com posted saying that Cumberbatch would be cast in the new Star Wars trilogy, a rumor that was picked up by Badass Digest when they reported a source as saying that Cumberbatch would play the villain.

    Speaking to Access Hollywood, the high profile actor, who played Khan Noonien Singh in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, said of the rumors:

    "This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that."

    Reps for the actor also recently said that there "is no truth…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Mr. Spock will not live long and prosper in a galaxy far, far away.

    The reason behind my groan-worthy joke there is that Zachary Quinto, who starred as Spock in the J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, is not interested in a role in the director's upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. The former Heroes actor, while speaking at Fan Expo in Canada, said that he thinks he "would be attacked if I turned up in the Star Wars franchise... And I don't think I could do that. I really don't. And I don't think I would do it."

    Would Abrams even be interested in bringing Star Trek cast members into Star Wars? Not according to Quinto:

    "I don’t think he would be interested in cross-pollinating in that way. We’re going to be shooting our third [Star Trek…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    The return of actor Ian McDiarmid as the evil Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode VII has become a highly-talked about point in fandom. Now, it seems the buzz has reached the ear of the Emperor himself. According to ComicBook.com, McDiarmid was at Fan Expo in Canada where he ruled out that he had formally agreed to return—but didn't discount the possibility that it could happen.

    "Well, there’s so many rumors. I, like you, know nothing, because there are no facts yet. We know that John Williams is doing the music. Kathleen Kennedy announced that when we were all in Essen, but she and everyone else is unable to say anything else at the moment, because I understand they’re still working on the script."

    Not exactly a firm denial, is it? What …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    The Boba Fett Fan Club is reporting that, at an industry Q&A event called "ASC Breakfast with Dan Mindel," cinematographer and long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator confirmed that he will be the director of photography for Star Wars Episode VII. Mindel has previously been the DP for Abrams on Mission: Impossible IIIStar Trek, and Star Trek Into Darkness. He even helped Abrams create the signature lensflares that you can see throughout the two Star Trek films.

    Additionally, Mindel confirmed that Episode VII will be shot on 35mm film, rather than digitally. The type of film is "Kodak film stock 5219." This marks the first time that a Star Wars movie has been shot on film since Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Both Star Wars Episode II: A…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Walt Disney Chairman Alan Horn confirmed at D23 today that Star Wars Episode VII will indeed have a Summer 2015 release. According to Inside the Magic, a Disney-themed podcast:

    Curse the dark forces! Perhaps we'll here more in the coming weeks and months, as Episode VII heads towards its production. Stay tuned to Fanpedia for all the latest info!
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  • Brandon Rhea

    During a press tour for her upcoming film Kick-Ass 2, Chloë Grace Moretz was asked by MTV if she would be interested a part in Star Wars Episode VII.

    "I mean, obviously there's interest. It's Star Wars. I'd kill to be a part of that franchise, but I don't know. J.J., I'll give you my phone number. You can text me."

    In late 2012, there were rumors that Matthew Vaughn, the director of the first Kick-Ass as well as X-Men: First Class, was under consideration to be the director of Star Wars Episode VII. Part of the rumor was that he pitched Moretz as the lead in the new Star Wars sequel. This rumor went away once J.J. Abrams was given the directorial gig, but that doesn't mean Moretz being in Star Wars isn't possible.

    What do you think? Do you want to see …
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