STAR WARS NEWS
While most of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been revealed, there are probably dozens of smaller roles that have been and will be cast, but since they're not major roles, they won't be announced as news. However, Lucasfilm and Disney have gone out of their way to announce the casting of two unknown talents in the film following their open casting call last year that hit 11 cities in the United States and United Kingdom where 37,000 people came to audition, along with 30,000 more applying online. The two names are Crystal Clarke, an American studying across the pond, and Pip Anderson, an actor from the UK.
Love him, or hate him, there's no denying that filmmaker Kevin Smith is an unabashed movie geek, and (of course) Star Wars is one of his all-time favorite franchises. There's some interesting discussion about Kevin Smith in relation to Star Wars recently, mostly about his visit to the set in London. "I saw old friends who I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren't really friends... I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven't seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions." He's not allowed to say much ("I signed the NDA"), and only posted some nerd tears to Instagram at first, but later divulged more in a recent Q&A at a festival this past weekend. Watch below.
With a rumor lingering that Star Wars: Episode VII could end up being delayed to 2016 (we're betting that won't happen), we're not sure how long we'll really be waiting to see the continuance of the space saga. We're not counting on a big presence at Comic-Con this year at all, but maybe the title will be revealed in San Diego just to hold fans over. In the meantime, how about a retrospective look back at the making of the original Star Wars trilogy created by George Lucas? The Playlist has found an hour-long PBS program that dives behind the scenes of the first three films, and Lucas is pretty prominent in the special. Watch!
When the official cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announced, the inclusion of motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was mostly a surprise. Just before the story broke, a rumor was going around about his involvement, but the though seemed to easy of a rumor to just start from nothing just to stir up discussion among fans. But everyone couldn't have been more pleased when he was named as part of the official roster. However, with no details on who most of the actors and actresses are playing, we still don't know if Serkis is playing a character brought to life with motion-capture performance or not. Read on!
When almost the entire cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announced this past spring, a photo from the table read accompanied the announcement, showing director J.J. Abrams sitting with returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, not to mention the new stars including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver. Now the photo has been given a fun makeover with LEGO pieces, and there have been some modifications, such as some of the returning cast members being represented by the LEGO version of their Star Wars character and Andy Serkis holding a tiny Ring of Power. Look below!
Though George Lucas may no longer have a significant voice in the world of producing new Star Wars films with Lucasfilm being run by Kathleen Kennedy and now firmly situated at Disney, that doesn't mean he's just kicking around Skywalker Ranch with nothing to do. In fact, Lucas has been busy putting together plans to create a museum that will house his collection of art and movie memorabilia, and The Chicago Tribune reports he has finally chosen The Windy City, where he lives half-time with his Chicagoan wife, to found The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, beating out potential plots in Los Angeles in San Francisco.
It's time for another big rumor for Star Wars: Episode VII. No we're not talking about the stupid story from The Sun claiming that Tom Cruise will have a cameo in the film. Yes, Cruise had dinner with J.J. Abrams, but the director is also a producer on Mission: Impossible 5, and the film is preparing to shoot in the United Kingdom. However, there is a rumor to potentially be concerned about. Jedi News has heard there was an emergency meeting at Pinewood Studios across the pond today to talk about the future of Star Wars: Episode VII, because it turns out Harrison Ford's injury might be worse than previously thought.
The release of Marvel's final comic book film of 2014 is still over a month away with Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on August 1st. But that's nothing compare to how long we have to wait for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December of 2015. But the hype for both films merges together today with a fanmade trailer for the original Star Wars trilogy in the style of the latest theatrical trailer for Marvel's cosmic adventure. It's truly an impressive piece of editing, and it makes Star Wars have the same tone as Guardians of the Galaxy seems to have. Plus, we also have some magazine covers from Empire for the Marvel film as James Gunn has confirmed (via Twitter) a Nathan Fillion cameo in the film. Watch now!
Here they are. Meet the directors of the next three Star Wars movies, after J.J. Abrams finishes up Star Wars: Episode VII. At first it was impossible to believe that they were even making another three Star Wars movies, continuing the original trilogy. Then it was even crazier to hear Lucasfilm is planning stand-alone movies in the Star Wars universe to bring us one every year. That will be demanding, and no one director would be able to accomplish that alone. But it gets even wilder when we learn it's these three filmmakers who have landed the coveted, impossible-to-get job of directing new Star Wars movies. Dream come true? Yes. So who are they? Why did they choose them? Meet Josh Trank, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson.
Disney sure seems to be getting all their Dejarik pieces set before the game even starts. Star Wars: Episode VII is currently in production, but won't even hit theaters until December of 2015. But the studio has already hired Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to direct a Star Wars spin-off film for 2016, and Chronicle director Josh Trank for another unknown spin-off sometime down the road. Now THR has learned that Brick and Looper director Rian Johnson has been hired to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which means J.J. Abrams won't be sticking around after he delivers the first part of this whole new trilogy.
There's been some news and rumors swirling about the plot and villains of Star Wars: Episode VII as production is underway at Pinewood Studios in London. The most buzz has been about Harrison Ford injuring his ankle and supposedly taking him out of action for eight weeks, but with the cast already announced, and more additions added in the form of Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie, it's the plot details that are starting to leak. The most recent rumors focus on who the bad guys are this time around. If you're looking to stay blind to any Star Wars info, then don't read on, because there's potential spoilers.
With the bulk of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII already announced, and the addition of Lupita Nyong's and Gwendoline Christie beefing up the female presence recently, there's probably not many integral roles in the film left to be revealed. However, IGN Middle East (via Bleeding Cool) has word that Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek star Simon Pegg has a small role in the sci-fi sequel. But it doesn't sound like it's very extensive, because Pegg has apparently already completed shooting what will likely amount to a cameo on the set of the film in Abu Dhabi, which has since completed as production has moved to London.
While Mark Hamill may have been in London for a table read for Star Wars: Episode VII when most of the principal cast was announced (two new additions were recently revealed), the actor doesn't seem to be needed extensively on the set, because he had time to make a debut appearance at Star Wars Weekends in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Hamill took some time to talk about his return as Luke Skywalker, and while he didn't offer any information about his story or where the character is 30 years later, he did urge the avoidance of spoilers, and their desire to keep surprises for the new movie.
While J.J. Abrams is busy writing letters to tell people to stop leaking photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney and Lucasfilm are rounding up directing talent to take on their spin-off stories between the milestone trilogy episodes. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has already been hired to be at the helm of the first one with a release set for December of 2016, one year after Episode VII arrives, and now StarWars.com has revealed that Chronicle director Josh Trank will also be directing another stand-alone movie in the Star Wars universe. Kathleen Kennedy says, "We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family."