STAR WARS NEWS
From James Cameron to Harrison Ford, they're getting everyone on Reddit. Over the weekend the other big Reddit AMA (aka Ask Me Anything) participant was legendary actor Harrison Ford, best known as Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard, Jack Ryan, President James Marshall, Colonel Graff. He explains that he was recently a "correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change," and answered a number of fan questions for an hour. He covers topics on Blade Runner, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, even Anchorman, Expendables, and plenty more. Recap his highlights below.
After being rumored, debunked and reaffirmed, it appears Benedict Cumberbatch won't be taking a role in Star Wars: Episode VII after all. The actor's name first surfaced last fall, but the actor completely debunked those rumors while appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. But the source of the rumor reaffirmed their story a couple weeks later when they reported Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, The Grand Budapest Hotel) had auditioned for a role. But now Cumberbatch says that he will not be in the film, but seemingly confirms that he was in the running for a role, at least at one time. More below!
Just over the weekend we learned that casting was nearly complete for Star Wars: Episode VII as some preliminary shooting was happening overseas. However, we've yet to hear any concrete details on who will be the new heroes in the sci-fi sequel, and which of the saga characters will be returning. We already know R2-D2 will be back (and likely C-3PO), but now THR has word that Peter Mayhew will have a role in the film. If that name doesn't sound familiar, Star Wars fans like myself are happy to inform you that he's the man under the big walking carpet that is Chewbacca, loyal sidekick and co-pilot to Han Solo. More below!
Now before that headline gets any of you excited, there's not really much in the vein of information here. But this report serves more as an update on progress for Star Wars: Episode VII. First of all, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently sat down at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television’s for their Hollywood Masters series (via THR) and revealed the film has already been shooting. And while some outlets have been touting this as "secretly filming," this is director J.J. Abrams shooting plates, master setting shots which will be digitally added in the background in post-production.
With production just one month away, we're hoping to finally get some official casting news about Star Wars: Episode VII. However, director J.J. Abrams is still playing things extremely close to the vest, even closer than his previous films, so we're not really sure how much we're going to learn about the anticipated 2015 sequel. But for those who can never have enough Star Wars, the official YouTube channel of the classic saga has been posting some great videos from the past, including this fantastic 15-minute long featurette chronicling the origins of one of the most iconic sci-fi weapons of all-time: the lightsaber. Watch below!
Just recently, we learned that Attack the Block star John Boyega was up for a role in Terminator: Genesis. The role was that of the son of Miles Dyson, the Cyberdyne executive forced to help destroy the Terminator arm and CPU that would make the company a future threat. However, Boyega was also up for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and he couldn't do both roles. Now it sounds like Boyega is closer to entering a galaxy far, far away as Variety reports The Hunger Games star Dayo Okeniyi (he played Thresh) will take the role of the Dyson son in the film from Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor. Read on!
Briefly: Any official news on the developing Star Wars: Episode VII has been at a bare minimum, with the exception of endless casting rumors. The most recent talk of a new cast member came in the form of 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o maybe playing a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but now an official announcement from Disney and Lucasfilm gives us the smallest of details. Production will begin at Pinewood Studios in London this May, and it was revealed Episode VII will take place about 30 years after Return of the Jedi and features "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." That's it.
By now we're sick of hearing about all the actors who have met for possible roles in Star Wars: Episode VII, but this one is interesting, because it's a rising star and recent Oscar winner. We've heard that 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejifor might be up for a role in the sci-fi sequel, but now it's his co-star Lupita Nyong'o who may be in the running for a lead role. Latino Review first reported (with confirmation from THR) that the actress met with director J.J. Abrams just a few weeks ago before winning Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards. The question is just what role would she be taking in the iconic saga?
We already have "Girls" star Adam Driver lined up to play a villain in the developing Star Wars: Episode VII which will be going in front of cameras very soon. Now it's time to find out who will be taking the lead hero role in the sci-fi saga continuance from director J.J. Abrams. Countless actors have been testing for roles, so much that we've heard agencies are getting frustrated that the production hasn't made a decision yet. But now Variety says that the choices for the lead role have been narrowed down to just five names: Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. More below!
Just last week, we highlighted a new edit of Close Encounters of the Third Kind that Topher Grace screened for a small audience, including Peter Sciretta at SlashFilm. However, the first time Grace chose to re-edit a well-known piece of sci-fi pop culture, our own Alex Billington was in attendance. That event had Grace showing off an edit of the Star Wars prequels that he touted as Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back. After the response to his Close Encounters remix last week, the actor has released the trailer he sent as an invite to his Star Wars screening. It's a very cool tease for the much shorter Darth Vader origin story.
It seems fortuitous that right now on the HBO series "Girls," the character played by Adam Driver just booked a big Broadway role that could change his life. Now Variety reports the real life actor has a role that will really launch his career. Driver is currently near closing a deal to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, the follow-up to the classic original trilogy that concluded with Return of the Jedi. Though no details on the character are known, sources say the villain is in the same vein as the iconic Darth Vader. Driver has never had a role like this before, but he has a mysterious presence about him that's just perfect.
While we can pretty much assume that everyone under the sun has had a meeting or audition for Star Wars: Episode VII, production on the film is supposed to begin in May, so there have to be some key decisions regarding cast that just haven't been revealed. If a new rumor from AICN is to be believed, we might have a young actor who already has a role, and it could be a lead. Supposedly two different sources say that Jack Reynor, who will next be seen as one of the leads in Transformers: Age of Extinction (watch the Super Bowl tease here), has already landed a role in the film. However, they don't know what role yet.
Last week we got a handful of new casting rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII with Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Adam Driver and Jesse Plemons being linked to meetings or discussions for a potential role in the sci-fi saga sequel. Well, in a recent appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour, The Wrap reports director J.J. Abrams confirmed that he has met with Plemons for a role, but on other rumors, he says, "It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s a lot of noise.” So nothing big there, but after recent reports pegged an overhaul of the script, Abrams has confirmed it's at least finished.
It's been awhile since some juicy rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII popped up, and there's a few good ones circulating this weekend, mostly on the casting front. THR has heard that X-Men: First Class and 12 Years a Slave star Michael Fassbender, "Girls" star Adam Driver and The Matrix villain Hugo Weaving are potentially in the mix for roles. They join previously rumored talents like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiorfor and countless others with weak links to the anticipated sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. In addition, a lesser known name but familiar face is supposed to take a meeting too.