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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following stories:

  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says a woman will direct a Star Wars movie and Elizabeth Banks says she is ready for that job.
  • Alan Tudyk talks about his time on set filming Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • How Star Wars played a role in Brie Larson‘s drama Room.
  • Find out how to buy the Luke Skywalker’s lost hand limited edition action figure.
  • Watch the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 press conference from NYCC.
  • The George Lucas Museum secures city parks approval in Chicago.
  • Watch Darth Vader take out a snow speeder with his lightsaber in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Read the plot synopsizes for four upcoming Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens short stories by Landry Quinn.

All that and more, in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Brie Larson in Short Term 12

Long before Room put Brie Larson in the conversation about this year’s Oscar race, she delivered one of 2013’s best performances in Short Term 12. Now she’s looking to reunite with the director of that film, Destin Daniel Cretton. Larson may replace Jennifer Lawrence in The Glass Castle, an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls.

Read about the Brie Larson Glass Castle casting after the jump.

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Brie Larson in Trainwreck

Following a breakout performance in Room at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, Brie Larson has booked another plum lead. She’s in talks to play tennis star Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, from producer Danny Boyle and directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine). Steve Carell stars as Bobby Riggs.

Get more details on the Brie Larson Battle of the Sexes casting after the jump.  Read More »

Room trailer

The first big hits are starting to emerge from this fall’s festivals, and one early favorite is Room. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on the book by Emma Donoghue, the drama stars Brie Larson as a young woman who’s been kept captive in a single room for years. In there with her is her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who’s never seen the outside world. Watch the Room trailer after the jump. Read More »

Room trailer

Emma Donoghue‘s Room was one of the most talked-about novels of 2011, and now it could be one of the most talked-about films of 2015. A24 has just released the chilling first trailer for the Room movie, starring Brie Larson as a young woman who’s been held captive for years along with her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) directed. Watch the first Room trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Brie Larson in The Gambler

Kong: Skull Island is about to welcome some new visitors. Brie Larson is in talks to play the female lead in the fantasy actioner, while Russell Crowe is being courted to play one of the male leads. Tom Hiddleston remains on board to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing. More on the Russell Crowe and Brie Larson Kong Skull Island news after the jump.  Read More »

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Digging for Fire trailer

After finding success with low-key, naturalistic indies like Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg is back with what appears to be his biggest film yet. But because he’s Joe Swanberg, it’s still a pretty low-key, naturalistic indie. Digging for Fire stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as an L.A. couple still getting used to parenthood.

While housesitting for a friend one weekend, the husband digs up a bone and a gun, sending him on a quest for answers. Meanwhile, the wife sets off on her own adventure involving a handsome stranger played by Orlando Bloom. Watch the Digging for Fire trailer after the jump. Read More »

Free Fire cast
The original cast announcement for Ben Wheatley‘s next film Free Fire included Olivia Wilde, but with the announcement that she’s doing Tron 3 things have changed for Wheatley’s movie. Wilde is now out, but someone just as talented, and slightly more surprising for a film like this is stepping in to the role. Brie Larson has taken Wilde’s role in the Free Fire cast. Read More »

Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

If you’ve seen even a little bit of her Comedy Central series, you already know that Amy Schumer one of the funniest actresses on the small screen. Now she’s poised to take over the big screen as well, as the writer and star of Judd Apatow‘s Trainwreck.

Schumer plays a woman who’s utterly allergic to commitment. Actually, “commitment” seems like too strong a word — based on the Trainwreck trailer, she doesn’t even like getting to the second date if she can help it. Enter a handsome doctor played by Bill Hader, who threatens to upend her life.

The supporting cast is equally stellar, with Vanessa Bayer and Lebron James(!) as Schumer and Hader’s supportive pals, Tilda Swinton as Schumer’s boss, and much much more. Watch the first Trainwreck trailer after the jump.

Update: A Trainwreck red-band trailer has also hit, with more raunchy jokes. Plus, a new poster and new stills — see it all below. Read More »