Finally, it’s official. Here’s the release.
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
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We all know where first Rise, and now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are going. To a planet totally inhabited and ruled by hyper-intelligent apes who speak fluent English and have never seen a human. In Matt Reeves‘ upcoming Fox release, an important new wrinkle is added to that possibility. Was there ever a time humans and apes might have tried to co-exist? The answer is “Yes” but, of course, it didn’t quite work out.
Star Andy Serkis recently screened five scenes, about 20 minutes total, from the July 11 sequel to a group of press. The scenes contained very little action, instead focusing on relations between the two species and the rising tension among members of both sides to distrust the other. They set up a film surprisingly emotional and complex for a typical summer blockbuster. A film whose themes, according to Serkis, are “family, tribalism, empathy and prejudice.” Below read about, and watch a video blog reaction to, five brand new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clips. Read More »
On June 3rd 2013, I flew to New Orleans, LA to visit the set of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. There, I learned a great deal about the Matt Reeves-directed sequel. After the jump, read about my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit and discover the secrets behind the next chapter in the Planet of the Apes series.
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Lots of blockbuster sequels are headed our way in the next few months and the one we probably know least about is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves‘ sequel to the surprise 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes places several years later as humanity is attempting to put itself back together after a deadly virus wiped out much of the world. Meanwhile, the leader of the apes, Caesar, has also been building up his superhuman race of animals. What will happen as the two sides clash? Get a glimpse in ten new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photos that’ve now come online. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Don’t expect Andy Serkis‘ Jungle Book adaptation to be all friendly singing bears and idyllic jungle landscapes. While few specifics have been revealed about the plot so far, Serkis has teased that his take “doesn’t shy away” from the “darkness” of Rudyard Kipling‘s source material.
Seems like a pretty sharp contrast from the best-known cinematic interpretation of the stories, Disney’s 1967 animated classic. Hit the jump to see what Serkis had to say.
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Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Andy Serkis is going to go from playing CG animals to directing them. The acclaimed mo-cap actor is set to helm Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tales about an orphan boy raised in the jungle.
Although Serkis has served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Jungle Book marks his feature directorial debut. Get all the details after the jump.
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Today’s been a decent day for new shots of 2014 movies, thanks to Empire’s new preview of the upcoming year. Below is a behind the scenes shot of Andy Serkis in his mo-cap gear from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis reprises the role of Ceasar, the first “evolved” ape, and this is another in a long series of photos of the actor encased in a grey suit, but seeing as Serkis remains the pre-eminent mo-cap artist, they never get old. I’m looking forward to seeing some making-of footage from this one, to see how Serkis works his arm extensions into his physical performance. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended with humanity in dire straits, and based on the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes things haven’t improved much for our kind since then. The film picks up about eight years later, when the struggle against the virus and the infighting among the humans have destroyed civilization as we know it.
But the few humans who are left are eager to pick up the pieces and put themselves back together, and it seems that starts with a conversation with the apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Think it’s going to go well? Watch the first trailer after the jump and make your guesses.
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