The Making of Star Wars

As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael GiacchinoJ.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump:

  • Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours
  • Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems
  • Peruse some pages from The Making of Return of the Jedi
  • Scope out a new Star Wars exhibit at The Tech in San Jose

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm last year there was some rejoicing, based in part on the idea that new Star Wars projects might take shape away from the influence of creator George Lucas. It’s rare that a core fanbase wants to see new episodes of a storyline created without the person who gave the series in question original life, but this is Star Wars, and after the prequel trilogy it was time for some new blood.

The new blood includes, of course, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt. They took up the task of making Star Wars Episode VII, working from where Lucas had left off. See, Lucas had started developing the new Star Wars film about a year before the sale of Lucasfilm. (Which was a canny strategy — it’s one thing to know that the sale included the right to make new Star Wars films, and quite another to go into it knowing a plan was already in place.)

Lucas stepped back to a consulting role after the sale, but if you thought Abrams was going to develop Episode VII without much consultation with Lucas, think again. George Lucas’ son says that the two have been “constantly talking” about Star Wars as the new film is developed. Read More »

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The rumor mill continues to churn, as one actor is reported to have read for a part, and another denies that she has. After the jump:

  • Ben Kingsley may also have read for Episode VII
  • … while Chloë Moretz insists she has not
  • Pinewood Shepperton wants to expand further
  • J.J. Abrams isn’t abandoning Trekkies
  • Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is coming soon
  • See gorgeous images from Star Wars Art: Concept

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More people throw their hats into the Episode VII casting ring, some more sincerely than others, while George Lucas tries to get moving on his next, non-Star Wars-related endeavor. After the jump:

  • Could this guy be the new Chewbacca?
  • Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme “auditions” for Star Wars
  • J.J. Abrams says Episode VII won’t be Disney-fied
  • George Lucas‘s museum could move to Chicago
  • Jason Christman and Nick Scurfield debut new prints
  • Star Wars Pinball reveals another new trailer
  • Look for a Star Wars Rebels teaser on Monday

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Notorious lens flare addict J.J. Abrams takes the first steps toward recovery, just in time to shoot Episode VII. Also after the jump:

  • Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is still interested in Episode VII
  • No, Episode VII will not shoot in New Mexico
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has an interesting lunch date
  • The real story behind LucasArts‘ demise is revealed

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Michael B Jordan / David Oyelowo

Saoirse Ronan isn’t the only rising star J.J. Abrams has his eye on, at least if this latest rumor is to be believed. According to a new report, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo have also read for Star Wars: Episode VII, though of course nothing is confirmed at this point. Abrams is famously secretive about his upcoming projects, and Star Wars is no exception.

That being said, the filmmaker did recently offer some vague yet encouraging statements about what he has in mind for the new film. Hit the jump to read up on the casting rumors and Abrams’ comments.

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Rumor: Saoirse Ronan Circling ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Saoirse Ronan

Another day, another Star Wars rumor. Unlike the talk about Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, however, this one involves someone who’s never worked with J.J. Abrams before.

According to a new report, Saoirse Ronan has read for a role in Episode VII. “Has read for” is a long way off from “finalized a deal for,” but personally, I’d love to see this one pan out. Hit the jump for more details on her potential casting — as well as the latest update to the Cumberbatch story.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Yesterday, Universal finally revealed the leads of Fifty Shades of Grey after months of speculation. But for sci-fi geeks, that was only the second biggest casting update to hit over the holiday weekend.

An unconfirmed rumor made the rounds that Benedict Cumberbatch was circling Star Wars Episode VII, which would reunite him with his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams. Given the intense secrecy and wild chatter surrounding the project, it’s no surprise that his reps have now shot down that report. But do we have any more reason to trust this denial than we had to believe that rumor in the first place?

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