STAR WARS NEWS
After rumors swirled that Simon Kinberg was going to step up for the next round of writing for the first standalone Star Wars spin-off that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards, another writer has the job instead. Gary Whitta finished his job on the first draft of the script for the film rumored to be about the heist to obtain the plans to the first Death Star, and now THR reports About a Boy and Disney's new Cinderella screenwriter Chris Weitz will next step up to take a crack at the script. That seems like an odd hire for Star Wars, but Weitz did get an Oscar nomination for About a Boy, so it's not exactly bad news.
We've still got 11 months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, but with the first Star Wars spin-off film slated to arrive one year after that, it's almost time for production to get into gear, and that means casting is getting underway as writer Gary Whitta departed the project after turning in a first draft. THR has word that Disney is in the process of testing females leads for the first standalone film set in the Star Wars universe that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. As of now, the names that have surfaced include Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything and "Oprhan Black" star Tatiana Maslany.
If you're one of those fans who is glad that George Lucas isn't messing with Star Wars anymore, you can count your lucky stars that the creator of the galaxy far, far away changed his mind from what he originally had planned to continue the sci-fi saga. USA Today recently interviewed Lucas in an effort to build some excitement for Lucasfilm's animated release Strange Magic, and inevitably the conversation turned to Star Wars. Obviously, Lucas isn't involved with The Force Awakens, so they didn't talk about that, but Lucas did reveal that he originally wanted to direct Episode VII for a May 2015 release before he sold Lucasfilm.
Just before the weekend, we learned that Gary Whitta was stepping away from the first Star Wars spin-off film that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Considering the statement given by Whitta when the news was announced, it sounds like his work is done, and it's just time for some new eyes to take a look at the project and do some polishing so the film can be ready to shoot later this year when Spectre is done shooting at Pinewood Studios across the pond. Now SlashFilm has learned (though couldn't confirm) that Star Wars: The Force Awakens consultant Simon Kinberg may be replacement writer.
"Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy." You might remember a few years ago, back before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was even a reality, there was a plan to release the prequel trilogy, converted into 3D, into theaters over three consecutive years. However, The Phantom Menace was the only one that made it to the big screen, and plans to release the other two episodes were scrapped once Disney bought Lucasfilm and started putting together their own Star Wars plans. But if you're attending Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in April, you'll have a chance to see the whole prequel trilogy in 3D, and the rest of the saga too.
It sounds like Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to get a triple dose of Indonesian action, at least if a new rumor is to be believed. Twitch has word that Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman, three of the key players from The Raid 2, the unbelievable action film directed by Gareth Evans, will have roles in Episode VII. However, we have no indication of what characters they'll be playing yet. We're just hoping that since these three are so skilled with fighting and are just insanely fast, that they will be involved in some kind of action sequence. Can you imagine a lightsaber battle with these guys? Read on!
Even though the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a minute and a half long, there's just about as much blackness on screen as there is real footage in the trailer. Therefore, it makes it fairly easy to make a low budget, sweded version of the trailer. And that's exactly what Dumb Drum (via FlickeringMyth) has done, complete with some crafty cardboard artistry. There's some impressive moving cardboard elements used for the quick shot of the ball droid BB-8, not to mention the moneyshot of the Millennium Falcon flying through the desert. Just a fun video to keep the Star Wars hype alive. Watch!
News on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens front has slowed down considerably since the release of the teaser trailer last month, but the excitement level is still high. That's why we're pretty sure you'll want to check out a couple new glamor shots of the Millennium Falcon, even if they're just from a Fortune magazine photo shoot with Disney CEO Bob Iger. One of the shots features the life-size version of the ship on the sound stage in London while the other comes from a blueprint-esque piece of artwork from the cover of the latest issue. Oh, what I wouldn't give to be on set and sit in the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
Long before the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, our first look at the sci-fi sequel came from vidoes release in conjunction with the Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The end of the fundraiser culminated with a single fan being granted the dream of visiting the set and getting a walk-on role in the film. Well, now director J.J. Abrams has returned from the set of Episode VII to thank everyone who donated and helped raise millions of dollars. You just might see a familiar droid and Wookiee. Watch!
If you're a Star Wars fan, then you're undoubtedly familiar with the infamously terrible holiday special from decades ago. Thankfully, Lucasfilm has never decided to dabble in that territory again, but they do send out some pretty cool holiday cards. This year, they posted a little animated short for their card featuring everyone's favorite astromech droid R2-D2 and the mischievous new droid Chopper from the animated series "Star Wars: Rebels." But what this card really needs is some BB-8, the ball droid who's name was just revealed with other characters from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
When the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally released, we got to see plenty of new characters in action, but we still didn't know their names. But finally, Lucasfilm has officially revealed the names of the main characters in Episode VII, and they've done it in a pretty cool way. Today's generation may not remember, but trading cards used to be pretty popular for movies, not just for sports. And so, the names of our main characters have been revealed with Topps trading cards, and they're made with an awesome retro style too. So find out the names of all of our main characters right now. Look below now!
There's been plenty of buzz and obsession over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, so much that there's a chance that the extent to which we examined certain aspects of the trailer probably seems a little overboard. However, it's this level of fandom that resulted in Disney making the decision to release the trailer to begin with. Speaking with Variety about the business of the iconic sci-fi saga, Disney CEO Bob Iger explains that they almost didn't release a teaser trailer this early at all. However, it was the "rabid" fanbase of Star Wars that prompted the House of Mouse to give the slightest tease of the movie.
There's already been a slew of re-edits of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the hilarious "Special Edition" by George Lucas to the trailer presented in the style of director Wes Anderson. But since they're all just re-purposed footage from the original teaser trailer, we've still been missing Han Solo, Princess Leia and other familiar heroes. But "Saturday Night Live" has us covered in their trailer parody that pokes fun at the older versions of the characters. If the cross guard lightsaber wasn't different enough for you, Luke Skywalker gets a new one that fits his namesake and age a little better. Watch below!
On this special Star Wars edition episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by Alan Cerny aka "Nordling" from Ain't It Cool News to catch up on some general cinema talk and of course recommend some Picks of the Week while together. However, for the rest of the show, the guys revert back to their childhood selves and reflect on their reactions to the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The guys go over their initial reactions, the response of the internet and overall hopes, wants and dreams for the revival of the franchise we all know and love. The guys will be back in January for the official re-launch of version 2.0 of The Golden Briefcase so keep your eyes peeled! Enjoy.