Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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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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 »
Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Star Wars Episode VII may have a release date now, but it still needs some stars and maybe some additional shooting locations. After the jump:
- Silicon Valley wants George Lucas to have his museum
- Don’t look for the 20th Century Fox fanfare in Episode VII
- California is annoyed that Episode VII is shooting in London
- … while the New Mexico rumors spring up once again
- Neil Gaiman asks J.J. Abrams about casting British actors
- … as aspiring Jedi around the globe line up for auditions
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Update: There’s now video of Ejiofor answering a question about Star Wars. See it below.
Imagine being a journalist, landing an interview with J.J. Abrams about his new book (which means you can’t really talk about Star Wars Episode VII too much), then haphazardly running into a potential Oscar winner in Abrams’ office. Exclusive scoop!
That’s what happened to UK newspaper reporter Rhys Blakely, who writes for The Times. He walked into the Bad Robot office to speak with Abrams about S and found Chiwetel Ejiofor waiting there. Does that mean Ejiofor, considered a potential Oscar-contender for 12 Years A Slave, is in Star Wars Episode VII? Not necessarily, but it’s certainly possible. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
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 Giacchino, J.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 »