STAR WARS NEWS
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."
Since we're not the kind of outlet that posts unofficial set photos, we've merely called your attention to the fact that there are spy photos hitting the web from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The first round just showed off some of the desert set along with extras and a cool practical snouted pig creature. But the second set was quite the giveaway as it confirmed the presence of the Millennium Falcon (still running 30 years later) and even hints of an X-Wing being built. Some people thought these might be fake leaks sanctioned by Disney, but a handwritten letter from director J.J. Abrams seems to indicate otherwise. However, it seems to be conveniently placed in a location that Star Wars fans will probably enjoy seeing. Look below!
Right now J.J. Abrams is busy shooting the hell out of Star Wars: Episode VII (some photos of the Millennium Falcon set leaked today), but Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki (or Avanaut) took on his own production to pay tribute to a galaxy far, far away along with the true name of adventure. Lehtimäki took some LEGO sets from George Lucas' Star Wars and Indiana Jones feature film franchises and used them to create some truly stunning photography that looks like it could easily be set photos from a stop-motion LEGO movie. These shots are cinematic, professional and simply bad ass. See them below!
Most of the principal cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has already been announced, but we knew there was at least one more major lead female role left to be filled, and maybe some other supporting roles as well. Now two more names have been officially revealed with Lucasfilm announcing on StarWars.com the addition of Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o and "Game of Thrones" fan favorite regular Gwendoline Christie. But as you might expect, we have no details on what characters these two actresses might be playing in the film from director J.J. Abrams that is currently in production.
Right now, director J.J. Abrams is busy on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, and we're hoping some secrets will be spilled at Comic-Con this summer, even if it's just a title. Between now and the release of the film in December of 2015, we'll have plenty of time to revisit the original trilogy before the new one begins. However, Michael Heilemann, an interface director at Squarespace, has decided to create an annotated cut of the original Star Wars with intercut scenes from other films and TV series that inspired the work of George Lucas and spawned one of the biggest and most revered sci-fi films of all-time. It's pretty damn cool.
With production on Star Wars: Episode VII just kicking off, we figured it would be awhile before we heard any solid news on any of the developing Star Wars spin-offs we've heard will hit theaters in between the milestone installments of the new trilogy. However, Lucasfilm has just announced Godzilla remake director Gareth Edwards is attached to be at the helm of one of the films that have been said to be "origin story films" of some sort. Previously, we heard Lawrence Kasdan (who also co-wrote Episode VII with J.J. Abrams) and Simon Kinberg were scripting two spin-offs, but it's been confirmed three are in the works.
Want to be in the new Star Wars movie? Here's your chance. J.J. Abrams has posted a video announcing a partnership with UNICEF to form the "Star Wars: Force for Change" and host a contest to win a chance to actually be in Star Wars: Episode VII, which just started shooting. Aside from this very exciting contest, which you can enter right here, the video was filmed on the Abu Dhabi set of Episode VII, and as far as we know, it's Tatooine. Or at least another desert planet like Tatooine, since we don't want to jump the gun. There's even an amusing alien creature who stumbles into the background midway through. Check this out!
A new era begins now. Today is the first day of filming on Star Wars: Episode VII, the continuation of the Star Wars franchise started in 1977. To mark the occasion, the @bad_robot Twitter account sent out a photo of the clapboard from the first day of shooting, with nothing else besides the hashtag "#dayone". This is it. We can't turn back now. By late 2015, movie fans the world over will be lining up at theaters for the return of Han Solo, Luke & Leia Skywalker, Chewie, R2 & C3PO, and the introduction of some new Jedi. The new cast features John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. See the tweet and photo below.
Even the most casual Star Wars fans are familiar with the likes of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (all part of the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII), but only the hardcore know those who helped bring characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett to life. You might know that James Earl Jones provided the voice for Luke Skywalker's Sith father, but do you know an actor named David Prowse put on the mask to play the character on set? Or do you know the actor behind the mask of Han Solo's bounty hunter nemesis Boba Fett? A new documentary called Elstreet 1976 focuses on those actors and more, but they need help.
With the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII mostly figured out and rumors of the title already swirling, people are now speculating on the characters and plot as the sci-fi saga continues. Now we have at least one little tidbit that should make fans of the original trilogy happy. In the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly (via Jedi News), there's confirmation of a detail that was only rumored until now. We know Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all back as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, but only Ford was said to have a large role. Now that has been confirmed along with more info.