Simon Pegg Star Wars

UPDATE from Germain: A few hours after this rumor about Simon Pegg appearing in Star Wars Episode VII broke, the actor took to Twitter to say “I think this might be why everyone got a little bit confused” with a link to the upcoming Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special. He IS a part of that project so while that’s not a denial, it’s pretty close. Plus, we’d heard rumblings Pegg merely visited the set because he is both a huge Star Wars nerd and friends with writer/director J.J. Abrams. And so the rumor began.

Pegg also spoke to Sky Movies in the UK about Abrams and his approach to the film. In the clip, it sounds like he has an intimate knowledge of what the director is doing but it doesn’t sound like he’s in the movie. So, below, see that new video and read our original story. Read More »

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Star Wars Episode VII Contest JJ Abrams

When the first photo posted of the initial grouping of cast members for Star Wars: Episode VII, some critics quickly jumped on the film for only adding one new female role. Those who were paying any attention, however, saw that the leaked Star Wars casting breakdowns featured multiple roles for women. The trade papers did their homework, and hours later reported that two more female roles were yet to be cast. Today those actresses were announced. (You can read about that here.)

With so much negative second-guessing and uninformed ranting about a story and characters we don’t even know anything about yet, I thought I’d point out something positive.

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Star Wars Episode VII Contest JJ Abrams

As the Star Wars: Episode VII cast continues to come together, J.J. Abrams is looking to pull one diehard fan onscreen to join them. The director has issued a special video message announcing a contest with a walk-on role as the big prize.

The fact that the campaign also benefits UNICEF is just the icing on the cake. Hit the jump to watch the video — which also happens to be our first look at the Abu Dhabi set — and find out how you can enter the Star Wars: Episode VII contest.

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Photo: Star Wars Episode 7 Clapboard on Day One Of Filming

The first photo has been released from the set of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, on the first day of principal photography. The photo shows the Star Wars Episode 7 clapboard with a makeshift Episode 7 logo (no subtitle or working title).

UPDATE: A second photo has now been added.

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first day of new Star Wars shoot

We’re getting to the point where there will have to be some hard and fast news on Star Wars Episode VII. The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in just over a month, after which details will certainly leak. Right now we know many participants on the technical side, and we’ve got a plot of rumors about potential cast members. Now there’s a report that specifies the first day of new Star Wars shoot, and says it will take place in Morocco. Read More »

JJ Abrams mystery box

Remember JJ Abrams‘ Mystery Box? I’m not talking about the metaphorical construct of the filmmaker’s movies and television shows, but the box that sits on a shelf in JJ’s office. Abrams famously told the story of the mystery box during his TED Talk (embedded after the jump if somehow you’ve never seen it). When Abrams was a kid, his grandfather would often bring him to a magic store in Manhattan and buy him tricks. One visit, Harry Kelvin bought little JJ a “mystery magic box” which was supposed to contain $50 of magic for only $15, a magical grab bag. JJ loved the idea of the mystery box and ended up never opening it. It has gone on to become a metaphor for what he loves about movies and the stories he tells.

Tannen’s Magic was the store to go to back in the day, but now Theory 11 is the new cool place to go to for magic and playing cards. So today Theory 11 and JJ Abrams have announced a collaboration on a mystery box of Bad Robot playing cards. Not only that, but a limited edition wooden mystery box with the same question mark logo that graces the box sitting on JJ’s office shelf. Find out more information on the cards and this incredible box, after the jump.
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We heard last month that Disney was expecting J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to turn in a Star Wars Episode VII script in January, and it looks like they’ve met their deadline. Abrams confirmed at a recent event that the script was indeed complete, and that they were “deep” into pre-production.

Part of that process is finding some stars, of course. While Disney has yet to officially announce any new actors, Abrams verified a recent casting rumor that Jesse Plemons was up for a part — though he dismissed a lot of other casting reports as “a lot of noise.” Hit the jump for his comments on the script, Plemons, shooting in IMAX and on film, and more.

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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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