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Fan art isn’t just for the consumers, its also for the creators. Joshua Viers, a concept art illustrator who formerly freelanced at Industrial Light and Magic, sent us a look at a serious of Star Wars concept art illustrations he has created just for fun. Sorry, these aren’t for Star Wars Episode 7 or a new video game, although they have the professional quality and polish of something you’d find in the real thing. Hit the jump to see more of Joshua Viers Star Wars concept art.

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Star Wars Rebels

The first step to Episode VII takes place Friday night when Star Wars Rebels debuts on The Disney Channel. Set between Episodes III and IV, the cartoon is the first piece of new content being released under the Disneyfied Star Wars umbrella, which boasts a fully connected universe. Rebels is 100% part of the Star Wars canon and will not only set the tone for Episode VII next year, it will have teases toward it too. Plus, on it’s own, it’s a fantastic thrill-ride seeped in what makes Star Wars great. That doesn’t hurt.

For those reasons, Disney has the utmost confidence in the show and, the day before the first season premieres, they’ve already renewed Star Wars Rebels for Season 2. Read More »

Daisy Ridley

A day without Star Wars rumors is like a day without sunshine. Earlier today, we ran a few of the latest and like any good virus, a bunch of others have sprouted up around them. The most interesting has to do with the the home of Daisy Ridley‘s character, referred to on set as Kira. Multiple sources confirm not only where she lives, what she lives inside, and it’s probably a good size spoiler.

The second has to do with the role played by Max Von Sydow. We know he’s cast in the movie, but we haven’t heard much about who he’s playing outside of speculation. A new report has an idea, and it’s not at all what anyone guessed. Read more about the latest Star Wars 7 rumors below. Read More »

star wars cantina scene rough cut

Trying to figure out the plot to Star Wars Episode VII is like putting together a messed up puzzle. There’s no guide, people are forging pieces, and we don’t know what connects to what. Even pieces we think are correct could potentially be total crap. We won’t have a real idea until we learn the title and see some footage, both of which are likely several months away.

Still, the impossible construction of the secretive plot is fun and today two new rumors enter the mix. One details a potential early scene in the film and a second calls into question several plot points we’ve pretty much accepted as fact. Read both the new Star Wars 7 rumors below. Read More »

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Either J.J. Abrams has just raised his mystery box tactics to a whole new level, or people are terrible. You decide.

For the past five months, Abrams has been all over the world filming Star Wars Episode VII with a near-unprecedented level of curiosity surrounding the production. Paparazzi have been clamoring for set photos. Images of the actors simply walking on the streets are news. Recently, drones captured set images Abrams was surely not happy to see. That’s not even counting the online leaks about plot points, characters and more.

The whole time, the two safest and most exciting sources of Star Wars news were Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The young actors, likely the two leads of the film, had been carefully documenting the process on social media. Both loved to tweet their thoughts about the process, posting funny videos and photos on Instagram, all the while never revealing anything.

The most we knew about Boyega’s character was the actor listened to lots of great Hollywood scores to get pumped for his scenes. Ridley revealed even less, mostly that she was spending a lot of time with Boyega and was genuinely ecstatic about the whole process. All in all, the two exuded passion that was infectious and harmless. If anything, it was helping get fans even more excited for the film.

Then, over the past few days, both accounts disappeared. Boyega’s Instagram remains (as of press time) and a Lucasfilm representative told /Film they were just as surprised as we were to see the accounts gone. That leads us to ask the question, why did John Boyega and Daisy Ridley leave Twitter? Read More »

C-3PO

One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed.
  • Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone.
  • What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo look like?
  • David Oyelowo confirms there will be exciting cameos in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Learn the secrets of The Phantom, part of The Ghost, in Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega is adding his voice to a cartoon.

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David Fincher

From what we’ve heard, J.J. Abrams was always the director Kathleen Kennedy wanted to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams had the ability and the insane Star Wars fandom to please executives and fans alike. However, don’t forget, he initially turned it down. History gets murky after that, with an incredible list of A-list directors who were rumored to, and reported to, have been contacted. Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro and many others were mentioned in tandem with the film. Then, of course, J.J. Abrams changed his mind and the rest his story.

Probably the most interesting name mentioned in regards to Star Wars Episode VII was David Fincher. We published a rumor about Fincher meeting with Lucasfilm in November 2012 and, it turns out, that was correct. In a new interview, Fincher confirmed he met with Kennedy about the film but has a much different view of Star Wars than what she had in mind. Read the David Fincher Star Wars 7 quote below. Read More »

Eric Tan Rebels Propaganda 3

Star Wars Rebels is the focus of this edition of Star Wars Bits, including connections to Episode VII, VIII and IX, but there are rumors, cool Marvel Comics teases and more. Below, read about the following:

  • See three Star Wars Rebels propaganda posters designed by Eric Tan.
  • Disney executives are placing extra special pressure on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A popular supporting character in The Clone Wars returns for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Read the descriptions of the first six episodes in the series.
  • Scott Derrickson is not up for a Star Wars project.
  • Carrie Fisher talks about Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Marvel Comics is working on a Star Wars comic from a new era.
  • Simon Kinberg talks Rebels connecting to Episode VII and The Inquisitor.
  • The New York Times covers Star Wars Rebels.

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