Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

J.J. Abrams thinks casting Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Darth Vader’s annoying moms provides the ”pitch-perfect Star Wars energy fans are clamoring for.” Because what can’t these two make better? Also after the jump:

  • Nathan Fillion does his best Darth Vader impression
  • Remember when we thought Episode IX would be out by 1997? LOL!
  • Disney CEO says the Star Wars franchise will follow the Marvel model
  • Is a lower-budget Han Solo origin movie coming in 2016?
  • Seattle’s Ltd. Art Gallery opens its annual Star Wars exhibit

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JJ Abrams Star Trek Premiere

One of the biggest movie-related questions coming into 2013 was the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Early on, multiple reports identified the character as Khan, the classic Trek villain best known from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, from top to bottom, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as the actors themselves, denied this was the case. And, of course, we now know they were all lying in an attempt to preserve the theatrical experience. Cumberbatch was Khan.

Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »

Edgar wright hand

Back in June, news broke that J.J. Abrams would be producing a film directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Wright and Mark Protosevich. The title of the work was Collider and all we heard at the time was the film was “sci-fi.” With Protosevich’s latest film Oldboy now in theaters, he spoke ever so briefly about the film revealing he and Wright are going after something “smart and scary.” Read his tantalizing quotes below. Read More »

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If you missed J. J. Abrams talking about his relief over the new release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, and his mocking of a pretty spot-on Jar Jar impersonation, watch the video below. In addition, Star Wars Bits features:

  • John Williams is quoted saying he’s looking forward to scoring Episode VII and Indy 5,
  • An old George Lucas interview is unearthed,
  • There’s a new Star Wars Rebels recruitment poster,
  • And a new set of Star Wars lithographs,
  • As well as a rumor of release dates for the 3D conversions of Episode II and Episode III

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Wedge Antilles Star Wars

Over the past few weeks, it’s become pretty obvious casting Star Wars Episode VII is a priority at Disney and Lucasfilm. Besides all the major actors who’ve read for roles, open casting calls literally all over the world are still ongoing, hoping to find two teenagers who are believed to anchor the film.

A new report in the Hollywood Reporter suggests that search is still ongoing and adds a new wrinkle. The piece says, because of the recent rewrite by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, they’re also casting “a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium.” Read More »

JJ Abrams on a new Trek vessel.

The time is almost here. Once the calendar turns, writer/director J.J. Abrams will finally head across the Atlantic to shoot Star Wars Episode VII in England, where much of the original was made. (Episode VII will shoot at Pinewood Studios, rather than Elstree, where the original Star Wars work was done.) Abrams, however, has hinted in the past he didn’t want to film there simply because it meant leaving his family in the United States for a long period of time. As expected tradition won out and Abrams is going to film across the Atlantic, so he’s now putting as positive a spin on it as possible.

Below, read some new quotes about his reluctance -and excitement – of filming in London, as well as the opportunity to work with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. Read More »

R2-D2

It’s official. The first character has been 100%, officially confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII. It’s R2-D2, the blue astromech droid purchased by Luke Skywalker on Tatooine so many years ago, which also so happened to be Luke’s mother’s favorite droid years before that.

The Bad Robot twitter feed posted an image of R2 with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy last week, but today not only confirmed he’ll be in the film, they revealed he was built by two fans, Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who met Kennedy at a Star Wars Celebration. Read more below. Read More »

Samuel L Jackson as Mace Windu

If Samuel L. Jackson can tell the world Elizabeth Olsen is in Avengers: Age of Ultron, maybe he can also tell us Mark Hamill isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII. Though the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker has reportedly been working out for a likely return to the series, Jackson spoke to him recently and Hamill told him director J.J. Abrams has not been in touch. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, said the same thing to Jackson. Neither has had a phone call from the film’s writer, director and producer.

Does that mean there’s a chance Luke Skywalker isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII? Read More »

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