Star Wars spin-off casting

Recent reports said that a set of young women including Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black were reading for a central role in the Star Wars spin-off film to be directed by Gareth Edwards. But counter to previous rumors, it won’t be Maslany who gets the lead role. The first official Star Wars spin-off casting news is out, and Felicity Jones is in talks to take the lead role in the mysterious standalone film.

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Lucasfilm is finally cracking down on Force Awakens leaks. That’s just one of the news bits in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Lucasfilm has filed a lawsuit against an Internet user who posted images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • British actor Aidan Cook may be in The Force Awakens as a creature actor.
  • George Lucas appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and didn’t have nice things to say about Hollywood.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. Talks Star Wars Rebels Season One and Two, which will be nearly double the length.
  • Billy Dee Williams will return as Lando in Star Wars Rebels.
  • See a preview of Marvel’s Star Wars #2.
  • Oscar Isaac has some strong words about fan reaction to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • How did Star Wars: The Force Awakens take over Toy Fair in Germany?
  • A huge batch of potential plot spoilers for The Force Awakens have made it online.
  • There are also some possible descriptions of Han, Leia and Chewbacca’s costumes in the film.

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Star Wars Bits is back with some great casting rumors, game information, behind the scenes stories and more. Below, read about the following:

  • The latest rumor is Tatiana Maslany has won that role in the Star Wars Standalone.
  • An iconic alien race may be appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Why is May 13, 2015 a significant date in Star Wars history?
  • George Lucas talked about The Force awakening in his early treatment to Star Wars.
  • Watch The Force Awakens teaser trailer in Neon.
  • The Force Awakens will do some additional shooting February in Los Angeles.
  • A rumor says Michael Fassbender is a front runner to play Boba Fett.
  • A possible origin for Poe Dameron’s name is revealed.
  • Find out how to make your own BB-8.
  • See Star Wars Battlefront concept art and read about its connections to The Force Awakens.

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Muppets Empire Strikes Back

Since 1977, fans have dreamt of visiting the world of Star Wars, of setting foot on the sands of Tatooine, the snow of Hoth or swamps of Dagobah. 99.9% of fans never get that chance, as production on the movies is so secretive. But a select few get to visit the set during filming. And for the shoot of The Empire Strikes Back, The Muppets made the trip. We know this because photos were taken. Photos that recently were posted on the Internet, finally becoming accessible to the entire world.

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Star Wars sequel trilogy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18 of this year. The first Star Wars standalone film opens December 16, 2016. After that, we have a good idea of what the next few years have in store for Star Wars but nothing is 100% set in stone. For example, though every single outlet in the world has confirmed Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII, along with the filmmaker himself, the company has yet to acknowledge it. And though we’ve heard there will be a Star Wars movie every single year, only the two dates above are confirmed.

However, the long-term future of Star Wars was recently mentioned by Disney CEO Bob Iger. In a Disney shareholders report, he talked about seeing footage from The Force Awakens, confirmed the release years for the next two films in “this” trilogy, and failed to mention the second standalone film. There’s more, too. Read the extremely loaded Star Wars sequel trilogy quote below. Read More »

Disney Wants Chris Pratt for ‘Indiana Jones’

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It seems the sky’s the limit for Star-Lord. Hot off the massive success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is reportedly being eyed to lead Disney’s revival of the Indiana Jones franchise. More on the possible Chris Pratt Indiana Jones casting after the jump. Read More »

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From the set of The Force Awakens, to its concept art and everything in between, it’s a busy day in Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Read how J.J. Abrams reacted when Harrison Ford got hurt on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Ewan McGregor is still waiting for his Star Wars standalone phone call, plus comments on Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
  • Could a Han Solo video game be in the works?
  • Billie Lourd is most certainly in The Force Awakens.
  • See a cool prequel easter egg in Star Wars #1 and read about more secrets in the book.
  • Darth Vader #1 is a bit hit already, plus new variant covers.
  • Jessica Chastain would love to be in a Star Wars movie.
  • J.J. Abrams used Disney codenames on the set of The Force Awakens.
  • More video of Dave Filoni, Killian Plunkett and Henry Gilroy talking Star Wars Rebels.
  • A potential location is The Force Awakens is described, as are some new characters and an action scene.

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Chris Weitz to Write ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

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Another screenwriter is rocketing off to a galaxy far, far away. Chris Weitz is set to pen the Star Wars standalone being directed by Gareth Edwards, following Gary Whitta‘s departure a couple weeks ago. More on the Star Wars Chris Weitz news after the jump. Read More »

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When you think Lucasfilm, you probably think of two things: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Both creations of filmmaker George Lucas, those two franchises put Lucasfilm on the map and made the company what is today: an entity that cost Disney $4 billion. But Lucasfilm isn’t only Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Proof of that hit theaters this past weekend as they released Strange Magic, an animated fairy tale Lucas himself conceived and produced.

That got us thinking, what else has Lucasfilm done? What are they without their two big superstars? The answer is “a lot” and “something pretty special.” Below, read our ranking of the 10 best Lucasfilm movies, minus Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Read More »

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