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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In Jack the Giant Slayer, Bryan Singer engages in the time-honored tradition of taking a classic fairy tale and reshaping it to fit the times. Current trends being what they are, that means turning the film gritty and (relatively) realistic, with plenty of Lord of the Rings-style action.

Screenwriters David Dobkin and Darren Lemke take the basic touchstones of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk — the poor farm boy, the magic beans, the scary giants — but introduce several brand-new elements to the story. In this version, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) heads upward to rescue a beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and stop her evil betrothed (Stanley Tucci) from taking over the kingdom. It’s a version of Jack that’s never been told in all the centuries that the character has been around. So why does it all feel so tiresomely familiar?

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Bryan Singer’s ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ Trailer

Warner Bros has released the first movie trailer for Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer (which you can see in theaters attached to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in theaters this week). The film is an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The trailer is a bit underwhelming, and the effects look very early, at best. I’m still excited about what this film could be, as the dark fairytale genre is very promising. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Bryan Singer is pulling the final pieces into place for his ‘adult fairy tale’ Jack the Giant Killer. He’s got Nicholas Hoult playing the title character and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess Jack hopes to rescue. And now Ian McShane is in the cast as a king in the human realm. Read More »

If you’re going to make a movie about a young man fighting giants, he’s got to have a pretty good reason to do so. Enter Eleanor Tomlinson. She’s just been cast as Isabella, the princess that Nicholas Hoult‘s Jack will fight for in Bryan Singer‘s upcoming big budget, 3D re-imagining of Jack and the Beanstalk called Jack the Giant Killer. This will be Tomlinson’s biggest role to date, though in the past she’s played small parts in The Illusionist and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Read more after the break. Read More »

Christopher Lee (Count Dooku in Star Wars, Saruman in Lord of the Rings) has been cast in Tim Burton‘s 3D adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Lee’s role has not been  disclosed, but I would guess that he is either The Caterpillar, King of Hearts, or The White Knight. Lee has worked with Burton several times: Sleepy Hallow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Lee was originally scheduled to be in Burton’s Sweeney Todd, but the sequence his character was part of was cut out during preproduction. [christopherleeweb]

Eleanor Tomlinson
(Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), a 16-year-old Beverly teenager, has been cast in a part created specifically for Burton’s adaptation. Eleanor will play Alice’s peer, the spiteful Fiona Chataway, who appears at the beginning of the film before Alice falls down the rabbit hole. [thisishullandeastriding]

Danny Elfman recently confirmed that he is involved in the music for the film. This should come as no surprise as Elfman has worked with Burton on many of his films. You can watch a video of Elfman making the announcement on YouTube.

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