STAR WARS NEWS
After the swarm of rumors that circulated about who might be behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII, before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director, it sounds like the casting rumors are heating up again. We've already heard plenty of talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original sci-fi saga, but now we have a rumor on a new young cast member for this sequel that will follow Return of the Jedi. Latino Review reports that Abrams' Mission: Impossible III star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is currently in talks for an unknown role in the anticipated sequel. More below!
Tomorrow the early fan sneak peeks of Star Trek Into Darkness hit the big screen at 8pm, and then the anticipated sequel from director J.J. Abrams hits theaters everywhere on Thursday, May 16th. That means the director is making the publicity rounds, and last night Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. And since the host of the show is a true geek and longtime Star Wars fan, there's a great debate between the two personalities about George Lucas' iconic saga versus the longer running Star Trek legacy. Plus, the bonus part of the interview that didn't air on TV is great for fans of sci-fi, films and just good fun.
Don't read too much into this, but there's a great quote from producer Kathleen Kennedy about their UK shooting plans that's worth a quick glance. The official Star Wars website posted a press release confirming that production on Star Wars: Episode VII, likely to begin early 2014, would take place in the United Kingdom. There's no new information or details revealed, but Kennedy does briefly mention the "origins of Star Wars" most likely as a reference to the original trilogy being shot at various UK studios like Elstree and Shepperton. We're still anxious for some actual details, but at least production plans are coming together.
Happy Star Wars Day, movie fans! And it's also Free Comic Book Day! It's May 4th, which means it's the only day where everyone can freely say "May the 4th be with you" and not get laughed at (or maybe you still will, who knows). Since we've entered a new era with a bunch of new Star Wars movies on the horizon, it's especially worthwhile making mention of the geeky holiday to keep everyone in high spirits as we wait two more years until Episode 7 hits theaters in 2015. If you're near any Disney Theme Parks, they're hosting events, or you can stop by a comic book store and I'm sure it'll be easy to start a discussion about Star Wars.
"It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced." Today nerds like myself can breathe at least one sigh of relief when it comes to the development of Star Wars: Episode VII from director J.J. Abrams. While the scores for all of the Star Wars films under the direction of George Lucas have been provided by the legendary John Williams, many had wondered whether Abrams would instead use his go-to composer Michael Giacchino, who has composed music for films like Star Trek, Super 8 and Mission: Impossible III, not to mention series like "Lost." Now we have a pretty solid answer.
Most fans know that Harrison Ford isn't too keen on answering questions about Star Wars, but after yesterday's big but not surprising news of releasing one new Star Wars film every summer starting with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel just had to ask. Ford dodged the question as usual and didn't say anything about the new trilogy, but then Kimmel opened questions up to fans who were clearly ready for some Star Wars questions, but were forced to come up with less interesting queries on the spot. But one guest just set Ford off, and he went into Han Solo mode, storming off the set.
It sounds like not only is Disney making the projects summer 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII a reality, but their presentation at CinemaCon revealed that they plan on releasing a Star Wars film every summer following that. The releases will alternate between the milestone episodes of the new trilogy and the standalone films that have been confirmed to be in the works. There were rumblings that the standalone films would be released between Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but this is the first we've heard from Disney about their plans to release a new Star Wars film every year following Episode VII in 2015.
This really is the week for Patton Oswalt. Following praise for his touching words about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday and yesterday's hilarious Batman sketch featuring the comedian as The Penguin, Oswalt is back in perfect form with a hilariously intricate and nerdy outtake from the NBC comedy series "Parks & Recreation." The video features Oswalt filbustering a town hall meeting in Pawnee, Indiana with a pitch about what Disney should do with Star Wars: Episode VII. Beginning with the suggestion that Brian De Palma should write the opening scrawl, this 8-minute outtake is just pure genius.
So, what would you think if Peter Jackson was directing one of the new Star Wars movies? Because I wouldn't be surprised if Lucasfilm/Disney is trying to make it happen. Hidden in that funky new behind-the-scenes The Desolation of Smaug teaser video released by Peter Jackson yesterday, on April 1st, is what could potentially be a huge movie geek Easter Egg / April Fools joke, or a massive tease at what's to come. Many fans noticed that at one point near the end, around 4:51, Jackson fumbles around his desk for artwork and a Star Wars script briefly falls out. We took a closer look ourselves and it's definitely there. See below!
"Here is your mission: pass your knowledge on to the next, as it was passed on to you." A new era of sci-fi is upon us. In just a few years we'll be watching another trilogy of Star Wars movies, picking up where the original trilogy left off 30 years ago. Star Trek has already been revived on the big screen, coincidentally by the same director set to bring us the next Star Wars - J.J. Abrams. Ever since James Cameron's Avatar raised the bar with another box office record in late 2009-early 2010, science fiction movies have been back with a vengeance. Aside from Star Wars and Star Trek returning, things are getting more exciting every day, with filmmakers like Chris Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Ridley Scott and Edgar Wright venturing into sci-fi.
Don't get too excited yet - his quotes at this early point are as cryptic as anything said by Damon Lindelof. While we know it's official that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, and he's in the middle of finishing up the hugely anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, due out in May, we haven't heard much on his next steps and plans to differentiate the two worlds. Well, Empire magazine for their big "J.J. Abrams" issue, spoke to the filmmaker about the new Star Wars (a feat not many have done yet) and posted a few of his more interesting quotes, complete with his patented mystery and all. They're still worth hearing.
Another day, and another news bit for Star Wars: Episode VII gets thrown around. Yesterday, most of us were "duped" again as the word from Carrie Fisher about returning as Princess Leia was yet another joke in response to a serious question. However, one man who we can trust a little bit more with knowledge of the progress on the start of the new Star Wars trilogy is George Lucas. Though he's not heavily involved, the creator of the Star Wars universe is still a consultant, mostly to provide insight to the deeper parts of the characters and worlds. Now an interview with Bloomberg Business Week has him confirming Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were essentially signed on to return before the announcement hit.
Shortly after news of Disney's revival of Star Wars surfaced with development of Episode VII kicking off a new trilogy, original trilogy star Carrie Fisher, who donned a metal bikini as Princess Leia, confirmed her involvement. However, very quickly following the spread of that news, she said that was a tongue-in-cheek comment. However, Fisher is yet again confirming her involvement, in the wake of Mark Hamill's confirmation of early talks to return, and this time it doesn't sound like there's a retraction in order. While the first news came secondhand from a fan attending a book signing, this comes straight from an interview.
As we wait to hear more on the future of Star Wars, kicking off with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode VII, and the likelihood of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original trilogy, a passionate fire for the franchise has been reignited. People are excited about anything Star Wars, even if it's from the past, and that's exactly what we have today. Back in the 80s, French journalist Michael Parbot was given unprecedented access to the production of The Empire Strikes Back, and some of his footage has been seen in a couple of documentaries. And now we have more. Watch!