STAR WARS NEWS
Back in February of 2012, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace returned to theaters converted to 3D, and Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were supposed to arrive in a hurry this past September and October. However, following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm last fall, they decided to postpone the release of the films in 3D saying the studio wanted to "focus only on rebooting the franchise with three new Star Wars films." We weren't sure when the prequels or even the original trilogy would come back to theaters in 3D, but now it sounds like there might be a plan to release them yet again. But when?
While everybody and their mother has been auditioning for Star Wars: Episode VII, most of the names that have popped up in discussion have been pretty discreet about trying out for the film until after the fact. Saorise Ronan has indicated she didn't get the role, but her audition involved using lightsabers and doing dialogue. Otherwise, we haven't heard much about the auditions. But now X-Men: First Class star Jason Flemyng (he played Azazel) has been pretty bold and posted a page from the Star Wars script. How do we know? Well, along with the picture from Instagram, he wrote, "Pint of Stella and Star Wars script!" Look!
For anyone who ever thought that die-hard fans were crazy for recreating costumes, props, etc., here's a story to shut them up. Just recently, we featured the first behind the scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII featuring J.J. Abrams at the production workshop with Kathleen Kennedy, two other dudes, and everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2-D2. Many outlets took this as confirmation that the droid would return for the sequel, which wasn't a surprise, and now that fact has been confirmed along with some cool news about the team who will be working on the practical droid creation for the production now.
Look, we wish that we had some real behind the scenes photos from Star Wars: Episode VII like the set of the Millennium Falcon, or a new planet, even some lightsabers or weapons, basically anything from the forthcoming sequel which was recently dated for December 18th, 2015. But unfortunately, it's still early days, and the crew at Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot are still busy getting the script and other details together before production begins next spring. However, we have a photo of Abrams with an iconic Star Wars character as the Bad Robot Twitter feed has just posted a picture of the director with R2-D2. Look!
Over the past few weeks, Star Wars fans have been treated to little snippets of rarely seen footage from Return of the Jedi. A laserdisc release of the film featured 30 minutes of raw footage which included outtakes, different angles, and even some unseen, unused dialogue. Now Charlie Owen (via The Playlist) has finally posted the entire piece of footage that is uncut, with off-camera audio and multiple angles of Scene 50 between Luke Skywalker and Yoda on Dagobah. The quality isn't that great, but you still get the idea of what's going on here. And there's an intriguing bit of dialogue that could have changed the film entirely.
There may not be an official title, and fans might be worried as hell about the recent game of musical chairs played by (former) writer Michael Arndt, director J.J. Abrams and original saga writer Lawrence Kasdan, but Disney has finally given us an official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. The continuation of the iconic sci-fi saga created by George Lucas will hit theaters everywhere on December 18th 2015. It's not mentioned whether the film will be released in 3D or IMAX formats, but that seems like a no-brainer that we'll hear about sometime down the road. Now if we could just lock down a cast and some story details.
There were big waves of worry when Lucasfilm announced that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan had taken over writing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII. And those worries were even bolstered by rumors that Michael Arndt's script had been thrown out and Abrams and Kasdan were doing a complete overhaul on the story. It's hard to know at this point, but this is the ugly side of filmmaking that gets blown out of proportion. Recent articles have pointed out the script debacles when The Empire Strikes Back was in production, and that turned out to (arguably) be the best Star Wars film in the saga. Now Abrams has given a short statement about the changing of the guard, and it's not really revelatory. Read on!
News that Chiwetel Ejiofor, currently enjoying praise across the board for his lead performance in 12 Years a Slave, was spotted at Bad Robot turned into speculation that the actor might be meeting for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. After all, it's the only film they're concentrating on right now, and Michael B. Jordan has auditioned for a role, so Ejiofor could easily be meeting about the same one. Of course, this just seemed like a report just trying to land a scoop, but whilst attending a premiere event for 12 Years a Slave last night, the actor was asked about the possibility of being asked to join the sci-fi franchise. What'd he say?
It sounds like the troubled that director J.J. Abrams is having locking down a script for Star Wars: Episode VII might be a little more serious than we thought. We just learned from Lucasfilm that Michael Arndt is no longer writing the anticipated sci-fi saga sequel, and Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan were resuming scripting duties. But now a report from THR says that producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, along with most of the film's creative team, want to push the film to 2016, but Disney CEO Robert Iger is dead set on releasing Episode VII in 2015.
Author and Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler has dived deep into the making of Star Wars with his stellar book series on the original trilogy (his most recent effort on Return of the Jedi just hit shelves), and his efforts have turned up some amazing photos, information and trivia from behind the scenes. Rinzler revealed one of the more entertaining discoveries at Comic-Con this past summer in the form of a blooper reel from the original 1977 film. There's no sound at first because those scenes didn't have dialogue, but don't worry, there's audio after the first minute. It's a look at Star Wars we haven't seen before. Watch it!
"I've got a bad feeling about this." Shortly after the news surfaced that Disney was going to make Star Wars: Episode VII, one of the first bits of real news was that Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt was going to write the sci-fi saga sequel. However, it sounds like the writer has had some trouble locking down the script as Lucasfilm has announced Arndt will no longer be working on the screenplay and writing has been taken over by The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams. I guess we got that official Star Wars news we all wanted.
When the first teaser trailer for The Empire Strikes Back arrived in 1980, there was only Ralph McQuarrie's concept art and some publicity still shots of stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to accompany them. But with the first teaser for next summer's release of Revenge of the Jedi, we get some real footage. Fox is still using the "epic battle of heroes and villains" line that they used from the beginning of the saga, and Darth Vader gets a grand entrance with a lot of dramatic head turns. Plus, it's good to see Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) back, and it seems like Han Solo gets rescued from carbonite at some point. But who's that lobster man saying, "It's a trap!" That's a bit of a cliche, right? Watch it below!
While we wait to see if official announcements and a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII are just around the corner, we have another potential casting tidbit. However, unlike most of the recent reports, this one isn't about another actor auditioning for a role. This time a familiar face from all six of the Star Wars movies has created a stir by hinting that he will be involved in the next installment of the sci-fi saga. Anthony Daniels is responsible for playing the paranoid protocol droid C-3PO, and while appearing at New York Comic-Con over the weekend, he might have let slip that he will be reprising the role yet again.
There has barely been any official news about Star Wars: Episode VII since it was announced that Disney would continue the iconic sci-fi saga. J.J. Abrams is directing the film with a script from Michael Arndt and John Williams will return to compose the score, but there hasn't been any official news regarding a title, story, casting or anything like that. Well, fans might not have to wait much longer. There's some buzz on the Internet that an official announcement might be just around the corner. In fact, there are rumblings that this month might be when Disney decides to break some news, but there are some potential hurdles.