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Thankfully the Star Wars galaxy is big, because this edition of Bits is all over the map. There are the requisite Star Wars Episode VII rumors, of course, but also theme parks, t-shirts, video games, board games and even posters. Below, read about the following:

  • A rumor ties Star Wars Episode VII propmakers to seven-year contacts.
  • Watch a video about creativity set inside the Lucasfilm offices.
  • Lucasfilm hires a new Executive Producer of Theme Parks.
  • Check out some rare, original Star Wars posters.
  • Read an insider’s tale of the fall of Lucasarts.
  • Enter an official Star Wars t-shirt contest.
  • A crazy rumor says Star Wars Episode VII is recasting Princess Leia.

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If Kanan is the “Han Solo” and Ezra is the “Luke,” Zeb is the Chewbacca of Star Wars Rebels.

The team at Lucasfilm has been slowly revealing new characters from the upcoming Disney XD animated series, which will be the first product of the new Disney Star Wars universe. Next up is Zeb, a muscle-bound, but smart and articulate alien ally of the Rebellion who flies in the Ghost with the rest of the crew. Below, check out a video introduction to our first alien – and a new one at that – of the new Star Wars universe. Read More »

Kanan Star Wars Rebels 2

With four official characters introduced, the image of Star Wars Rebels is beginning to take shape. The Lucasfilm/Disney animated series will tell Star Wars fans how the rebellion against the Galactic Empire grew from its earliest stages to the strong organization that blew up two Death Stars. In that time between Episodes III and IV, we know there will be an evil Sith named The Inquisitor, a droid named Chopper, a hidden Jedi named Kanan and a poor, street smart kid named Ezra, who Kanan takes under his wing. These characters will be at the center of the show when it premieres this summer on Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD in the Fall.

Today two 30 second promos have come online. These show us the first complete footage we’ve seen from the series. Check them out below. Read More »

Ezra Star Wars Rebels

The effects of Star Wars Episode VII are being felt everywhere: Industrial Light and Magic, the Internet, the acting community. Read all about that — and a lot about Star Wars Rebels —  in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Meet Ezra, a 14-year-old con artist from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Two new trailers for Rebels will debut February.
  • Industrial Light and Magic opens a London office to work on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Lucasfilm relaunches their website.
  • See high quality images of the Star Wars Rebels Lego sets as well as the Hasbro version of Kanan…
  • … as well as two new not-yet-revealed characters too: Zeb Orrellos and Hera Syndulla.
  • Actor Daryl McCormack describes multiple call backs for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Endless Love star Alex Pettyfer confirmed he was contacted about Episode VII.
  • Tom Hiddleston was not contacted, however.
  • An update on Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

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Millennium Falcon

The Lucasfilm website recently relaunched with a slick new design showing off their decades of iconic work. Among the properties on the website is, of course, Star Wars Episode VII and in the “Production” section of the site, there’s an image of a production meeting. Attendees of this meeting include writer/director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, SVP of technology Kim Libreri, SVP of Physical Production Jason McGatlin and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll. So this is pretty big time.

Most interestingly, though, are the images on the back wall. They clearly depict the Millennium Falcon as well as vast landscape and even Obi-Wan Kenobi. Are these from Star Wars Episode VII? Explore the image below. Read More »

Kanan Star Wars Rebels 2

Lucasfilm has just revealed the first human character from their upcoming Disney XD animated show, Star Wars Rebels. That also makes him the first Jedi revealed in the whole new, Disney owned Star Wars Universe. His name is Kanan, and he’s described as a “Cowboy Jedi.” Freddie Prinze Jr. provides the voice. Check out a reveal video below. Read More »

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Briefly: By now we all know Star Wars Episode VII news isn’t official unless it comes from the official website. Even so, up until now Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t giving fans anything like the kind of intense minutia we’re all interested in. When it comes to a movie like this, we want to know every little detail. Today, HitFix has a pretty good report, however.

Just as writer director J.J. Abrams hinted at a few weeks back, filming of the new episode will begin in Mid-May and continue through September of this year, leaving about one year for post production. They site has also learned “most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come.” [HitFix]

Joel Kinnaman;Gary Oldman

It feels like there’s a Star Wars Episode VII rumor attached to pretty much every actor working these days. Most of the time, stars meet these reports with stringent denials, if they bother to respond at all.

But today’s hot rumor has a bit more meat to it than most. Actor Gary Oldman has confirmed that he was approached for a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed adventure, though he hasn’t gone as far as saying he’s actually been cast. Read his exact words after the jump.

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