Star Wars - Han Solo and Chewbacca

Beer and parties are two of the things in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Yes, for real. There’s also Episode VII speculation and all of the following:

  • Star Trek star Brent Spiner has joined Star Wars Rebels.
  • Read a rumor of how performance capture is being used in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Footage from the cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 3 game is out.
  • Watch Rebels Recon, the official Star Wars Rebels recap show.
  • See photos from the London birthday celebration of Carrie Fisher.
  • Daisy Ridley gets a new agent.
  • Lucasfilm considers legal action against a beer company over their latest brew.
  • Will Star Wars Episode VII steal a gag from Episode IV? And are there set photos of it?
  • A possible scene with Han Solo and Chewbacca is described.

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We thought Christian Bale was a pretty solid choice to play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s upcoming movie, but it turns out we weren’t half as excited as writer Aaron Sorkin is. Calling Bale “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin expressed his confidence that Bale would “crush it” as the late tech guru — in a role that is particularly difficult, and present in every single moment of the film.

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When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier this year, he left behind a few unfinished projects. Among them was Happyish, a Showtime dramedy about an ad exec trying to change his life.

Hoffman’s death put the show in limbo, with insiders casting doubt that the series could recover. But now it seems to be coming together once again, with Steve Coogan stepping into the part that Hoffman vacated. Hit the jump for more on the Steve Coogan Happyish casting.

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Even people who didn’t like X-Men: Days of Future Past love the Quicksilver scene. As Charles, Logan and Hank sneak into the Pentagon to break out Erik, they employ the talents of a young speedy mutant named Quicksilver. He steals the movie with an incredible slow motion scene where he runs around a kitchen, under active sprinklers, completely changing the situation in order to help our heroes. You can watch a behind the scenes video about it here.

As pre-production continues on that film’s sequel, Bryan Singer‘s X-Men Apocalypse, its been revealed that the character, played by Evan Peters, will return. That’s not really that surprising. What is a bit surprising is the something second unit director on the film says about dreaming of a Quicksilver solo movie. Read more about Quicksilver X-Men Apocalypse below. Read More »

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Bruce Wayne will soon join Mal Reynolds and Nicholas Brody as pop culture characters who love Morena Baccarin. The actress, who starred in Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Showtime’s Homeland, is now joining the hit show Gotham. She’ll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a physician who was close friends with Bruce Wayne’s parents and is currently employed at Arkham Asylum. The part will start off as a recurring role with the aim to become a series regular in season 2. Read More »

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Natalie Dormer is one tough cookie, as evidenced by her steely turns in Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Elementary, and the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Now she’s going to use that spirit to battle supernatural forces for David Goyer.

The British actress has just signed on for The Forest, a thriller set in Japan’s Aokigahara forest — nicknamed the “Suicide Forest” for the number of people who end their lives there. Spooky. Hit the jump for more on Natalie Dormer The Forest.

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So many sequels, so little time. So let’s get to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum isn’t so sure about 23 Jump Street
  • Magic Mike XXL could be in 3D (but probably won’t be)
  • Adam McKay is still planning to make Step Brothers 2
  • Producer Malek Akkad has a Halloween 3 update
  • Rumor has it Frank Grillo will lead Skyline 2
  • Jason Reitman offers a suggestion for Ghostbusters 3
  • See the Lorde-curated soundtrack list for Mockingjay
  • Billy Boyd will sing the final Hobbit credit song
  • Check out the new banner for Horrible Bosses 2

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As Ridley Scott‘s The Martian approaches the start of shooting, yet another high-profile name has entered its orbit. Sean Bean is reportedly set to star in the space survival drama, which centers on an astronaut played by Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on the Sean Bean The Martian casting.

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