STAR WARS NEWS
Hot on the heels of news when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will arrive, a new rumor has popped up about the first spin-off that will come one year after Episode VII hits theaters. We already know the film will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards with a script from Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta. Now SlashFilm has learned from a variety of sources that the first Star Wars spin-off will focus on one of the most important plot points in the saga's history. However. this is something that we've never seen played out or discussed in detail on the big screen: the heist to obtain the plans to the original Death Star.
After Thanksgiving on Thursday, you'll probably be recovering from stuffing your face with turkey and pumpkin pie, and hopefully excited after the Jurassic World trailer premieres during NBC Thursday Night Football. However, if you're not already planning on heading out into the world to get insane bargains on stuff you don't need, you may want to specifically go out of your way to hit up one of only nine Regal Theater locations around the country, because that's where the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere, but only from November 28th-November 30th. Read more details below!
Normally it's not worth reporting when the first trailer for a movie will arrive, but when that trailer is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, everyone is anxious to find out when we'll get the first glimpse of the next chapter in the iconic Star Wars saga. There have been rumblings that the trailer will show up before the end of the year, and that's been supported by the fact that John Williams has already been in the recording studio working on music for the trailer itself. Now a report comes from Star Wars 7 News saying that the teaser trailer will be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies next month. More below!
As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit AMA and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on!
Here's some fun and hype for all you Star Wars fans hungry for something new now that the title for the next chapter in the saga has been revealed. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost exactly a year and a month away from release, and more rumblings of a teaser trailer arriving before the end of the year have surfaced. Badass Digest says to expect it sometime in the next four to five weeks (they also have a rumored description if you're interested), so we're anxiously awaiting confirmation of this rumor. In the meantime, a fan has crafted an awesome contemporary trailer for The Empire Strikes Back to check out. Watch it!
Just this afternoon, the official title for Star Wars: Episode VII was announced as being Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While most of the focus should actually be on the title itself (which is just fine), there seem to be a fair amount of complaints and observations on what isn't there: the words Episode VII. Frankly, I'm not sure why this is such a big deal, especially when the argument for the inclusion of Episode VII in the title seems to just be to go along with the title pattern of the prequels, which most Star Wars fans have done nothing but complain about for years now. It's not as if there isn't a precedent for having a Star Wars title appear without an "Episode" number attached to it in the history of the whole saga. More below!
We've been waiting for months to find out what the official title for Star Wars: Episode VII would be, and today, StarWars.com came through with the biggest official announcement yet since the cast of the film was revealed earlier this year. The official title for the next chapter in the iconic sci-fi saga is called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The title doesn't tell us much, except that maybe since the events of Return of the Jedi, all that was left in the order of warriors have gone into hiding, and maybe now they're coming out of the woodwork as a new evil begins to rise. But of course, that's all speculation at this point. Read on!
Principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII is now complete, and we're that much closer to seeing this highly anticipated sci-fi sequel hit the big screen. We still have over a year until the film hits theaters in 2015, but there have been rumblings that we might see a teaser trailer before the year is over, and with shooting now complete, that's not entirely out of the question. Now that filming is finished, we're just hoping for some kind of official first look other than the various UNICEF videos and charity notes that have come from the set of the film. But until then, here's the note the crew received on the last day of filming.
Back in March of this year, Disney struck a new deal with IMAX that included a slew of upcoming films. Some of them we've already seen in the giant screen like Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy, others like The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Tomorrowland are still coming. One film that was also included in the deal was Star Wars: Episode VII. However, just because the film would play IMAX screens, we didn't yet know if any of the film would be shot on IMAX film stock. But then word came that J.J. Abrams was using an IMAX camera (though the picture used as proof might have been from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) as confirmed by the big screen company. But now we know more about what was shot on IMAX.
While there are rumblings that we could get a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII before the end of the year, we're not going to hold out breath. In the meantime though, we've got a cool Star Wars related batch of artwork inspired by the "Family Guy" spoofs that Seth MacFarlane has created for the entire original trilogy. The three hour-long specials are rife with great parody and traditional "Family Guy" humor, and artist Jacob Bills has decided to pay tribute to the whole animated parody trilogy with posters for each installment inspired by the Star Wars trilogy posters crafted by Mondo artist Tyler Stout. Look below!
Briefly: Normally we don't go out of our way to report who the director of photography (also known as the cinematographer) will be on a film unless we're big fans, but it's not that busy of a news day, and it's been awhile since we've had any real Star Wars related updates. While we don't know what the first Star Wars spin-off film coming in December of 2016 will focus on, we do know that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is directing the film. Now we also know who will be behind the camera with him as HitFix has learned that Greig Fraser, who has lensed Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty, will act as cinematographer for the flick.
In today's installment of fun Star Wars stuff to hold us over until some non-spoiler, Star Wars: Episode VII updates surface, we have a cool photo set that makes the sci-fi saga feel real. Photographer Thomas Dagg has taken real-life photos and injected something from a galaxy far, far away in each one of them. Each photo shows us what the real world might be like if the characters, creatures and vehicles of the Star Wars trilogy actually existed on Earth. From an AT-AT patrolling the snowy city to Jawas digging through a trashpile, these are some great, subtle photographs that will make anyone wish they were real. Look now!
There's still some spoilers floating about online for Star Wars: Episode VII, and we're doing our best to steer clear from them, hoping to preserve some sense of mystery and surprise when the film arrived next winter. But that doesn't mean there isn't stuff to reveal, and the latest post from StarWars.com does just that by announcing that a certain veteran of the sci-fi saga will be returning as well. Warwick Davis has been a part of Star Wars since he played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and he even had a small cameo role in The Phantom Menace. And now he'll pop up in Star Wars: Episode VII next year too. Watch!
If you're not already aware of Star Wars Uncut, allow us to educate you. Star Wars Uncut is a fanmade mash-up remake of the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning with A New Hope. Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web, came up with the idea of crowdsourcing fans to shoot small 15-second clips that would be used to recreate the entirety of the Star Wars films. The first feature-length mash-up was created in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Fiction. Now it's time for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Watch!