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  • Brandon Rhea

    Kyle Buchanan, a Senior Editor at Vulture, is reporting that we may be getting close to the official announcement of the Star Wars Episode VII title. According to Buchanan, he's been told that Disney and Lucasfilm will announce the title at San Diego Comic-Con in July. You can see his tweet below:

    Are you excited to learn the Episode VII title? What do you think it will be? Let us know in the comments below!
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  • Brandon Rhea

    The National, a newspaper based in Abu Dhabi, has posted what they believe may be the first set image from Star Wars Episode VII. The film is rumored to be shooting in the Abu Dhabi desert, potentially as a return to Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. You can see the image above.

    The photos were "taken on Tuesday morning in the dunes near Qasr Al Sarab resort" and show a large grouping of tents with workers. The paper suggests that the round object looks like the escape pod used by C-3PO and R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, but—assuming it looks like anything from past films—it seems more similar to the foot of AT-AT walkers from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

    Film industry sources have told the paper that "crew …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Variety, one of the major entertainment trade publications, is reporting that five actors are currently up for one of the leading roles in Star Wars Episode VII. According to the report, the role is likely that of a Jedi apprentice, and possibly the child of one of the original trilogy characters—previous reports have said that Episode VII will focus primarily on Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, with their children occupying supporting roles until they become the leads in Star Wars Episode VIII.

    The actors reportedly up for the role include Downton Abbey actor Ed Speleers; Attack of the Block star John Boyega; Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons; and stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Jesse Plemons has previously been rumored f…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Variety is reporting that Adam Driver, the Girls star who has been rumored for a part in Star Wars for several weeks now, is close to signing a deal to play the villain in Star Wars Episode VII. There's no word on who that villain will be, but Variety reports that the character is "in the vein of the iconic "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader."

    According to the report, Driver is Disney and Lucasfilm's top choice for the villain. The delay in making a decision is reportedly due to Driver's role in the hit HBO series Girls, which will soon be filming its fourth season. Schedules had to be reworked so Driver could appear in both projects, but future seasons of Girls also had to be taken into account if Driver appears in Star Wars Episode VIII or Star Wars Episo…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    One of the most popular theories for Star Wars Episode VII is that the film will focus on the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, while the original heroes themselves would play supporting roles. Now, The Hollywood Report has a story suggesting that Han, Luke, and Leia will once again be the main heroes—and that disagreements over that focus is what led to Michael Arndt's departure as the film's writer. According to THR:

    According to multiple insiders, the reason for the parting of ways was not due to a timeframe issue, as has been reported, but rather due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize.
    Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and P…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    Following last week's announcement that Michael Arndt had exited Star Wars Episode VII and his screenwriting duties were being taken over by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, The Hollywood Reporter has a new story out today suggesting that there are some behind the scenes disagreements in the production of the new movie. Specifically, the 2015 release date. As THR reported:

    "According to those close to the project, producer Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film's creative team have asked Disney to push the release to 2016, but studio CEO Robert Iger is adamant that Episode VII -- perhaps the franchise's most anticipated installment since 1999's The Phantom Menace -- not budge. That has created enormous pressure on all involved, with dir…
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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

    You may recall earlier this month how a rumor about Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the villain in Star Wars Episode VII started making the rounds across the Internet. Cumberbatch and his reps later denied it, but the Star Trek Into Darkness star himself has been a bit cagey about it rather than flat-out denying it. Now, Latino Review is back with another Cumberbatch rumor, saying that he will absolutely be starring as the villain in the sequel trilogy. According to Latino Review:

    "DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE ABOUT BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH NOT BEING IN STAR WARS. HE IS IN THE MOVIE! In fact, he will be in all three Star Wars films! It’s all a smoke screen. Folks, remember when Cumberbatch denied being Khan for over a year? Same situation here. At least give…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    The Internet is abuzz with the rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch will be re-teaming with J.J. Abrams for a role as a villain in Star Wars Episode VII. Rumors about the British actor, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock and who played Khan Noonien Singh in Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, started swirling over the weekend when when Film Chronicles.com first reported it. Since then, it seems like virtually every site out there (save for the trades) has written about it. We’ve stayed away from it for awhile, but we wanted to bring you a recap on what the Internet is saying.

    Before I go any further, I just want to make it clear that we have no special knowledge or even a confirmation about whether Cumberbatch will be in Episode VII…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Latino Review has yet another Star Wars Episode VII rumor up today, this time a report about actors Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer auditioning for a role in the J.J. Abrams-helmed film. Wood is best known for playing Wendy Darling in the 2003 film Peter Pan, and has starred in a number of smaller films since then. According to the report:

    "Our sources told us that she went in for a read and, so far, was the only one that went in for the part. However, there will be other girls going for a read, meaning SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE ROLE YET!! We want to be very clear on that before it gets blown out of context."

    Again, there is no confirmation that she has been offered a role in Episode VII, just that she allegedly read for one. In my opinion, Rach…

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