Now that a director’s been locked in for Episode VII, the big question is who’ll get to star in it. And that’s what today’s Star Wars Bits is all about. After the jump:

  • Disney CEO confirms the original trio is in talks to return
  • Billy Dee Williams has also been asked to come back
  • Warwick Davis is “definitely” looking to do more Star Wars
  • New details revealed for Star Wars: First Assault game
  • Eli Roth, JGL, Mila KunisStanley Tucci and more weigh in

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The biggest recent Star Wars news is in regards to its animated future, but there’s plenty more Star Wars to go around. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Joss Whedon wouldn’t bring back the original characters if he did Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Which Disney universe has more characters: Star Wars or Marvel?
  • George Lucas plans to open up an art museum.
  • Bad Robot producer Bryan Burk talked about joining Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Billy Dee Williams wants your help to bring Lando back.
  • President Obama makes light of his recent Star Trek/Star Wars mix-up.
  • Poster artist Drew Struzan “has not” been approached for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Jango Fett himself, Temuera Morrison, throws his hat into the ring for a Boba Fett spinoff.

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Carrie Fisher gets ready to star in another Star Wars movie, while George Lucas considers the exciting world of museum curating. Also after the jump:

  • Billy Dee Williams wants in on Episode VII
  • … as does Darth Vader voice James Earl Jones
  • Obama doesn’t know Star Wars from Star Trek
  • Disney delays the Star Wars 1313 video game
  • See a trailer for the Boba Fett pinball table
  • Watch part of a doc about Empire Strikes Back
  • What if Michael Haneke directed Star Wars?

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This weekend brought a ton of news and rumor on the Star Wars front so we’ve pulled it all together in one convenient place for your speculative pleasure. After the jump, read about:

  • Brad Bird says he’s not directing Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Colin Trevorrow seemed to suggest he was in the running months ago, but now considers himself a long shot.
  • Peter Mayhew, better known as Chewbacca, commented on the new movies and a desire to return.
  • A rumor has come up saying that Lando Calrissian is definitely in the film.
  • Dark Horse is selling 150 digital Star Wars comics in one on Black Friday.
  • A potential release date has been leaked, but it doesn’t feel quite right.

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Two former Star Wars actors, as well as two actors also known for their genre work, have all recently commented on the new Star Wars films and, after the jump, we’ve collected their thoughts. Read about how:

  • Carrie Fisher told fans at a book signing that she will, in fact, be a part of Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Billy Dee Williams gave his thoughts while buying an Icee.
  • Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston and former Doctor Who, David Tennant, would both love to be a part of the film.

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Forget that Taylor Lautner kid; the real teen heartthrob acting breakout may well be Zac Efron, who has lined up a raft of possible projects along several different subject lines. The latest is an untitled workplace comedy set up at Warner Bros.

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Fantastic Fest Review: Fanboys

I’ve heard many stories about the behind the scenes problems which pushed the release of Fanboys back again and agin, but having just left a screening of the finished version, a director’s cut by Kyle Newman, I can assure you that the problems have been greatly exaggerated. You have a very marketable cast, and a film which seems like an extremely easy sell to the target demographic. I think the problem is that The Weinsteins were hoping for an American Pie type film with mainstream appeal, but they instead have a movie aimed at a very targeted niche. But lets not forget, George Lucas has been able to make tons of money off this targeted group of fans.

After high school, Eric (Sam Huntington) ditched his Star Wars fanboy friends for a job as a car salesman, and now finds himself ready to take over his father’s franchise of car dealerships. When he learns that one of his former best friends Linus (Chris Marquette) has been diagnosed with Cancer and only has months to live, he convinces his former friends (Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel) to go on a road trip to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, so that Linus could watch Star Wars: Episode I before he dies.

The film is your typical teen road trip film, laced with so many Star Wars references you’ll probably want to see it twice to take them all in. There are conversations about how Boba Fett is like Michael Bay, style but no substance, and arguments about if Luke really had a thing for his sister. The series of adventures include a stop in Riverside Iowa (the future birthplace of Captain Kirk) to fuck with Trekkies. Kristen Bell plays Zoe, a girl with feisty Princess Leia-like attitude who works at a comic book store, and is well versed in everything from Star Wars to video games. Basically, she’s a fanboys wet dream.

Seth Rogen has triple duty, playing a trekkie (who seems perfectly modeled after Gabriel Köerner from Trekkies), a Star Wars tattooed pimp, and a Star Trek alien who they run into while in Las Vegas. At one point in the film, one version of Seth Rogen fights another version of Seth Rogen on the big screen. Epic! Ethan Suplee plays Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles, and there is a bevy of other cameos which include Billy Dee Williams, Danny Trejo, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Carrie Fisher, Danny McBride, and William Shatner playing himself. Ray Park (Darth Maul) even has a cameo as a THX security guard.

The film is not perfect, nor is it even on par with the best the teen comedy genre has to offer. Some of the problems include a kid dying of cancer who shows very little (if any) signs of sickness, a poorly developed romantic subplot, and a scene in a gay biker bar which should have been completely exorcised from the completed film. Oh, and Dan Fogler is painfully annoying. If only they had cast Jonah Hill or Tyler Labine instead. But the target audience of Star Wars fanboys and comic book geeks will surely eat it up. In it’s best moments it is a love letter to fandom and friendship.

/Film Rating: 7 out of 10

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