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  • Brandon Rhea

    Has the first day of shooting for Star Wars Episode VII been revealed? According to Latino Review, which has reported on a lot of rumors lately, the J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Wars film will begin shooting on January 21, 2014, which will be the first day of principal photography. Latino Review points out that this is a Tuesday, and the likely reason they wouldn't begin shooting on Monday, January 20th is because that is Martin Luther King Day.

    This rumor, if true, confirms previous statements from production team members like J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk that production would begin in early 2014.

    Latino Review also followed up on a rumor first reported by Badass Digest, which said that the release of Episode VII was being pushed back from summer to Dece…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    At D23 this month, Disney Chairman Alan Horn said that Star Wars Episode VII would be released in the summer of 2015, but Badass Digest is hearing something different. According to their report, Disney is considering moving Episode VII out of the summer months and into December, "with a mid-month release - the 15th - being most likely." Multiple sources are apparently telling them that, while nothing is confirmed yet, Disney is eyeing December for a possible release date. This is a departure from the franchise's norm, with all of the previous live-action Star Wars films having been released in May.

    If this is true, it makes a lot of sense. We'll have to wait a few more months for the film, but there are three big reasons why I'm okay with that…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Another day, another ghost rumor. According to Kellvin Chavez from Latino Review, he has confirmed with three sources attached to the project that Ewan McGregor will be playing the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode VII. McGregor previously played Obi-Wan in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

    Though the older Obi-Wan and his ghost was first played by Sir Alec Guinness, it is not impossible for McGregor to play that role. For one, he could be made to look older, but there's also precedent in making a ghost look younger; Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker, was added into the ending of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jed…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    You may remember the rumor we reported on the other day saying that Ian McDiarmid would return as Emperor Palpatine for Star Wars Episode VII. We didn't hear anything more specific than that, but now Latino Review, which has a good track record with rumors, has posted new information about the character's alleged return. According to their source:

    "Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.) ... Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form."

    The return of Palpatine was something explored in the Expanded Universe, but as we know, Episode VII will be an original story. The source elaborated on the similarity to t…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    A new report from The Daily Superhero suggests what most people are probably assuming: Disney and Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams are making a big, conscious decision to keep details on the new film a closely guarded secret. While, as Jedi News suggests, this could be a rumor born from the lack of news at D23, here is what The Daily Superhero put forward:

    "Right now Star Wars development has been hidden away with armed guards and moved someplace safe that I can only compare to it being as close to the core of Earth as possible," the source, jokingly, said. "Abrams doesn't like leaks and he definitely does not want anyone finding out any info about the new movie. It pretty much sounds to me like armed guards are near certain importan…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    With the absence of official news, the rumor mill for Star Wars Episode VII keeps on spinning. This time, Jedi News is reporting that Ian McDiarmid will be returning to the galaxy far, far away, likely as Emperor Palpatine or as a clone of the character, who was killed in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The Jedi News team said the tip came from an "unnamed source," so take it with a grain of salt until we know more.

    Personally, I'm hoping this isn't true. While I'm sure there are interesting stories that can be told with either a resurrected Palpatine or a clone of Palpatine (which has its basis in the Expanded Universe), I would rather the franchise move on to something more original, with a new villain. Besides, if Palpatine was …

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  • Brian Linder

    Could Ryan Gosling play the son of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode VII? And is it true that former Disney heartthrob Zac Efron is also being courted for a role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming space opera sequel? Those are the questions being asked by Star Wars fandom after a report by the LatinoReview.com website.

    While the inclusion of Efron feels like troll-bait for the anti-Disney faction, it's not an implausible scenario. And Ryan Gosling as Skywalker just feels like it could be true. The casting rumors, the biggest so far in the run-up to the anticipated sequel trilogy, went viral yesterday after Latino Review's report.

    The website, which has run accurate "spy reports" in the past, also dropped the bombshell that actor Leonardo DiCaprio had m…

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  • Brandon Rhea
    UPDATE: Lucasfilm has denied this rumor. See their statement at the bottom of this page.

    Badass Digest has a rumor saying that J.J. Abrams is thinking of quitting as the director of Star Wars Episode VII. According to their report:

    "...why is it that I keep hearing tons of rumors that JJ Abrams is on the verge of dropping out of Star Wars? This has been something I've heard for a while now, and from multiple insiders. I know that he didn't want to shoot the movie in England and was overruled, but that happened a while ago. This weekend at Comic Con I continued to hear these whispers. No director for Trek 3 has been found yet - might Abrams end up coming back after all, leaving Star Wars to someone else? I'm expecting Star Wars news out of the Ger…
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  • Brandon Rhea
    NOTE: See the update for this story below.

    Have we gotten our first glimpse at the Star Wars Episode VII script? Bad Robot, the company owned and operated by Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, took to Twitter on Tuesday with a picture of a script emblazoned with the Bad Robot logo. Here's the Tweet:

    We don't know for sure, and I hesitate to even say anything about it until we know more, but it's possible that this is at least a version of the shooting script for the seventh Star Wars film, written by Michael Arndt. Bad Robot seems very excited about it, to the point that they tweeted it, and red paper always means the script is under lock and key. You can't photocopy black text on red paper, so it makes it much harder to leak the script.

    One point no…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    The Hollywood Reporter has sources telling them that Disney's upcoming D23 Expo will be featuring some of the Star Wars Episode VII actors for a surprise announcement—probably the Big 3 themselves. According to the report:

    "Insiders say some Star Wars actors may be making appearances during the D23 Expo, confirming their participation in the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel trilogy — which is expected to hit theaters in 2015."

    The D23 Expo, which will take place from August 9th to August 11th, seems like the logical place to announce the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. For one, although Celebration Europe II is the official Star Wars convention this year, that would require flying all of the actors to Germany. Second, this ye…

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