Gareth Edwards has begun testing actresses for a lead role in his 2016 Star Wars standalone movie. There’s no word what the role is but The Hollywood Reporter reports Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, and recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones are all testing for a part in the film.
UPDATE: Variety reports that Kate Mara also read for the role. Read More »
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When an installment of Star Wars Bits contains possible Force Awakens spoilers and love connections, you know it’s going to be good. Below, read about the following:
- Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars standalone could have lots of location shooting.
- Actress Leanne Best has reportedly been revealed as a cast member of The Force Awakens.
- Artist Robert Bailey posts some beautiful Force Awakens images.
- Watch Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy and Kilian Plunkett talk Rebels, Clone Wars and Star Wars #1.
- There will be at least seven new Lego sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus news on other sets.
- Marvel may, in the future, do Star Wars stories during the prequel era.
- Several old Star Wars games are now available digitally for the first time.
- Star Wars: A New Hope will screen in Navajo at Star Wars Celebration.
- Star Wars speed dating. Yes, you read that right.
- Read what may be a massive spoiler from The Force Awakens.
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In the years to come, we’ll certainly learn more about the behind the scenes development of the new Star Wars movies. But, for now, the public narrative is as follows. George Lucas was quietly developing Star Wars 7 when he decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney. He passed along his outlines and work on the movies, which screenwriter Michael Arndt began adapting. J.J. Abrams came on board as director, but he and the writer didn’t see eye-to-eye. Arndt left the project, Abrams took over writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens went into production.
The rumored disagreement between Arndt and Abrams was over Lucas’ vision. Apparently, Lucas and Arndt wanted Episode VII to focus more on the younger characters, while Abrams wanted the younger generation to be secondary to the old guard like Luke, Han and Leia. We still don’t know precisely how that balance worked out. In a new interview, Lucas himself admitted Disney abandoned his Star Wars 7 ideas, adding fuel to this fire. Read More »
Comic book, TV shows and of course The Force Awakens are all covered in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Mark Hamill reveals he boards the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- A UK reporter uncovers several young actors reportedly cast in The Force Awakens.
- George Lucas has now seen The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
- Oscar Isaac uses a surprising word to describe Poe Dameron.
- Check out the Star Wars #1 Loot Crate variant cover.
- Is there a Force Awakens easter egg in Star Wars #1?
- Watch a featurette on Star Wars #1.
- See sketches from Kanan: The Last Padawan comic.
- Is there a Lando Calrissian comic coming out too?
- Will Marvel do comics set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
- Read the titles of some upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
- The George Lucas Museum may end up in LA if Chicago doesn’t work out.
- Three rumored pieces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art leak.
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George Lucas got out in front of press this week to promote his new film Strange Magic, which is based on a Lucas story and can potentially be seen as the last of the Lucas-involved Lucasfilm projects. Before selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas had planned to oversee the seventh Star Wars movie, and the early starting point for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a set of outlines he had written prior to the sale of his company.
But now that The Force Awakens is firmly in the hands of J.J. Abrams, Lucas says he has seen the film’s trailer, but doesn’t have any idea what the new story is. In short, the Star Wars creator doesn’t know any more about the new movie than the rest of us do. Read More »
Every single piece of media released about Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been carefully selected. Each video, photo, quote, everything has been checked, double checked and perfectly timed to reveal to fans just enough information that Lucasfilm feels appropriate. And, so far, nothing has been particularly spoilery.
That either just changed, or there’s some deliberate shenanigans going on. I’m thinking the latter. But either way, confirmed Force Awakens star Warwick Davis appeared on the BBC’s The One Show and showed two selfies he supposedly took from the set. One with Chewbacca, and another with a character that, well, might be a big spoiler. See the Warwick Davis Force Awakens photos below.
UPDATE: Davis responded to the photos on Twitter, saying they were not actually from the set. But there’s still an interesting discussion to be had. Read More »
There’s a nice cornucopia of Star Wars news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- More details about the Gary Whitta exit/Simon Kinberg entrance on the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie.
- Several pieces of Star Wars Celebration art by Craig Drake have been revealed.
- Oscar Isaac talks about keeping himself grounded while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Skywalker Sound is now on Twitter.
- There was a Star Wars ad in a Japanese newspaper.
- George Lucas pops up in a nuclear waste documentary.
- Star Wars.com has a bunch of content about Star Wars #1.
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They say kids change everything. In George Lucas‘ case, his new child changed the fate of Star Wars.
Lucas is promoting his latest film, Strange Magic, and in the first interview about it the creator of A Galaxy Far, Far Away admitted his original plan was to make Star Wars Episode VII for May 2015, then sell the company. But when he and his eventual wife made plans to have a child, he knew making a new trilogy was too much. He sold the company, got married, and had a new child instead. Now, Lucas is excited because he can experience Star Wars in a way we all take for granted. Read the George Lucas Episode 7 quotes below. Read More »