It’s official. The first character has been 100%, officially confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII. It’s R2-D2, the blue astromech droid purchased by Luke Skywalker on Tatooine so many years ago, which also so happened to be Luke’s mother’s favorite droid years before that.
The Bad Robot twitter feed posted an image of R2 with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy last week, but today not only confirmed he’ll be in the film, they revealed he was built by two fans, Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who met Kennedy at a Star Wars Celebration. Read more below. Read More »
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A behind the scenes photo from Raiders of the Lost Ark has unearthed an interesting story from one of the most iconic adventure films of all time. As we all know, when the Ark is opened at the end of the film, all of the evil Nazis and their supporters are killed in incredibly gruesome ways. The worst was saved for Belloq (Paul Freeman), Indiana Jones’ main nemesis throughout the film. In the movie, his head explodes while being engulfed in flames. However, that wasn’t what director Steven Spielberg originally intended. Read More »
When it comes to the original cast of the Star Wars trilogy, most of them give up information pretty easily. Be it Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford or Anthony Daniels, each has said or done something in the past year suggesting they’re going to return to the Star Wars universe, even though nothing is official. Now add Billy Dee Williams to the list.
Williams recently appeared at Rhode Island Comic-Con and mentioned he was about to do a new project for Netflix. He then said it was called “Rebels,” but couldn’t talk about it. The upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels isn’t going to be on Netflix, so maybe he misspoke. Or maybe he’s actually doing a show on Netflix and got the title wrong. Or maybe he’s joining Star Wars: Rebels. Either way, it’s a fun little mystery. Dig deeper below. Read More »
If Samuel L. Jackson can tell the world Elizabeth Olsen is in Avengers: Age of Ultron, maybe he can also tell us Mark Hamill isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII. Though the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker has reportedly been working out for a likely return to the series, Jackson spoke to him recently and Hamill told him director J.J. Abrams has not been in touch. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, said the same thing to Jackson. Neither has had a phone call from the film’s writer, director and producer.
Does that mean there’s a chance Luke Skywalker isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII? Read More »
Now he’s just messing with fans. People are waiting to hear something — anything — substantial about Star Wars Episode VII, but the December 2015 release date may be all we get for a while. That doesn’t mean that J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy and many others aren’t hard at work on the film. They’re just not telling anyone about it.
But they are willing to show us that they’re working on it. The Bad Robot Twitter account posted a photo of Abrams and others in a workshop — we don’t know if it’s a Lucasfilm office, or Bad Robot’s own (update: it’s Bad Robot) — posing with one of the most iconic Star Wars characters. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Star Wars Episode VII may have a release date now, but it still needs some stars and maybe some additional shooting locations. After the jump:
- Silicon Valley wants George Lucas to have his museum
- Don’t look for the 20th Century Fox fanfare in Episode VII
- California is annoyed that Episode VII is shooting in London
- … while the New Mexico rumors spring up once again
- Neil Gaiman asks J.J. Abrams about casting British actors
- … as aspiring Jedi around the globe line up for auditions
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Almost 15 years have passed and we just can’t get over Jar Jar Binks. The kid-friendly addition to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was a technological marvel when he first appeared in 1999, but his voice, antics and incredibly annoying luck quickly made him the most hated character in the Star Wars universe. Even though George Lucas himself cut the character back in the subsequent films (even going so far as blaming the entire creation of the Empire on him), fans still act like Jar Jar Binks was the only problem with the prequels.
Jokes about killing Jar Jar are about as old as the Internet itself but, this latest one is probably the best yet. A fan re-edited a deleted scene from The Phantom Menace in such a way that Jar Jar meets his untimely demise. Yousa check it out belowsa, okeeday? Read More »
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted snippets of new footage from the production of Return of the Jedi. Which is odd considering the film turned 30 years old this year.
In 1983, Lucasfilm was promoting a new edit system called EditDroid, which would have used laserdiscs as the storage media in an early digital editing system. To show off the process to the industry, Lucasfilm put 30 minutes of raw footage of one scene from Return of the Jedi on laserdiscs that could be used during demos at a convention in Las Vegas. That was the first and only time this footage was shown publicly.
The disc then resurfaced, was sold on eBay for almost $700, and after a few snippets appeared online (showing some funny outtakes, and even revealing alternate lines) the entire 30-minute video has now been uploaded to YouTube for the world to enjoy. Check it out below. Read More »