Star Wars

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions is coming to Blu-ray, see the cover art, find out information about the release and when to expect it.
  • What can we expect from the Jedi in Star Wars Episode VII?
  • Joel Edgerton is interested in returning as Uncle Owen if they actually make a rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film.
  • The third installment of an in-depth interview with Star Wars Rebels producer Simon Kinberg.
  • Simon Pegg‘s observation on the generational gap of the Star Wars trilogies thus far.
  • An early preview of 16 new Star Wars LEGO sets

All this and more, after the jump.

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Exodus Gods and Kings trailer

Let it never be said that Ridley Scott works too slowly. This winter brings the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings, his fourth film in five years. This one stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and if you’ve ever been to Sunday School or caught The Ten Commandments on TV over Easter weekend, you’ll know exactly how dramatically the adopted brothers’ relationship goes awry.

Watch the Exodus Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.

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Superman Flyby
In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Exodus: Gods and Kings poster

The new movie from Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is meant (I believe) to be a serious re-telling of the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. So why do these first Exodus posters make the movie look like an awkward cross between Batman Begins and 300? Why does Joel Edgerton, in particular, look as if he should be in the header photo from one of those Gawker stories about inappropriate Halloween costumes?

Choosing Christian Bale to play Moses and Edgerton for the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses has already inspired some discussion about casting these white dudes as figures who, in all probability, were not white. Perhaps the trailer, landing later today, will help inform that discussion somewhat. But the posters are leading the charge when it comes to establishing an identity for this movie, and they’re doing a terrible job.

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Joel Edgerton to Make Directorial Debut With ‘Weirdo’

Joel Edgerton

The Edgerton family is a talented one; Joel Edgerton has found increasing success over the last few years as an actor and screenwriter in films as diverse as the Star Wars prequels, The Great Gatsby, and Warrior, and his brother Nash does well as an actor, stunt man, and director. Nash directed Joel’s script for The Square, and Joel also co-developed the film The Rover, for Animal Kingdom director David Michôd.

Now Joel Edgerton is planning his feature directorial debut, with a film called Weirdo. The project, which he’s developed with producer Rebecca Yeldham, will feature the actor in a small role. Read More »

Joel Edgerton to Replace Johnny Depp in ‘Shantaram’

Joel Edgerton

It’s been a good week for projects stuck in development hell. Yesterday, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z got a new lease on life as Benedict Cumberbatch entered talks to star. Today, the even longer-gestating Shantaram looks like it could spring back to life, with Joel Edgerton in the lead role.

Based on the novel by Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram centers on an escaped Australian convict named Lin who moves to Bombay and reinvents himself as a doctor. He eventually gets involved with the local mafia, and uses the dark skills he develops with them in the guerilla war against invading Russians in Afghanistan. Even more remarkable than the plotline itself is the fact that it’s based on Roberts’ own life. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Sigourney Weaver

Thirty-odd years after Ridley Scott cast Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and two decades after they reunited in 1492: Conquest of Paradise, the pair are re-teaming once again for Exodus. Weaver has boarded the Biblical epic, along with John Turturro, Aaron Paul, and Ben Kingsley.

The trio join an already intriguing cast that includes Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. Hit the jump to learn whom everyone is playing.

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Joel Edgerton

Actor Joel Edgerton and director Jeff Nichols have both been coming up through the ranks over the past decade, so it makes a certain sense that they’d end up doing a studio project together. Nichols is the director of such films as Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud. Now he’s set to make his first studio film for Warner Bros. While the nature of the script has not been detailed to a great degree, we know it to be a chase film with a science fiction bent.

In his three previous features Nichols has employed Michael Shannon, and has already tapped the actor for this Warner Bros. project. Now he is also reportedly looking to Joel Edgerton to fill out another role. Read More »

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