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How about some juicy Star Wars rumors for your weekend? These come from The Hollywood Reporter, who say much has changed with Star Wars Episode VII since original screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project last year. Reportedly Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of the original trilogy characters (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) while director J.J. Abrams wanted Episode VII to focus on those characters, keeping the offspring in the background until Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Meanwhile, while this shake up was going on, Abrams continued to take meetings with all kinds of actors. Pretty much anyone that’s previously been reported (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, etc.) took a meeting as well as new names Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving. Read More »

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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 Star Wars world was shook last last month when it was announced screenwriter Michael Arndt was leaving Star Wars Episode VII. He was replaced by the film’s director J.J. Abrams and producer Lawrence Kasdan, who himself wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. To many, the move was the first acknowledgement there were major behind the scenes issues with the highly anticipated sequel. Yet, despite rumors of disagreements between Arndt and Abrams, no one officially commented.

Abrams is now out doing press for his show Almost Human and blamed the aggressive timeframe for the film as the reason for the change. Read his quotes below. Read More »

Redford Nolte

The director of Borat and former writer of Star Wars Episode VII are teaming up to bring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte into nature. Larry Charles (Borat, Seinfeld) will direct A Walk in the Woods, based on the memoir by Bill Bryson. Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) adapted the screenplay which follows a travel writer (Redford) who decides to hike the Appalachian Trail with a former high-school friend (Nolte). Read More »

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If you wondered why there hasn’t been any real news on the Star Wars Episode VII front, this is likely a big part of the reason. The script Michael Arndt was writing (likely based on George Lucas‘ original outline) is no longer in play. Instead, J.J. Abrams and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are scripting. Read More »

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Disney’s live-action panel is under way at the company’s D23 expo in Anaheim CA right now, and Disney chief Alan Horn didn’t waste time getting right to what everyone wants to hear about : Star Wars.

But the short news is that there’s no news. Horn basically recapped the info we know: Michael Arndt is scripting, J.J. Abrams is directing, and John Williams will provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VII. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on spin-off movies. And while there has been some speculation that the film would arrive later than 2015, Horn said the film would arrive in the summer of that year, as originally intended.

To the great disappointment of the D23 crowd, however, Horn said there would be no further news — no title or cast reveal, no story info — at D23. So that’s it for Star Wars now, unless they turn around and pull a surprise reveal at the end of the panel. That doesn’t seem likely to happen, so we’ll have to wait for real news.

Efron Gosling

J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII starts filming in a few months and the Lucasfilm, Bad Robot and Disney teams have been hard at work trying to put together a cast. The general assumption is many of the roles will go to unknowns, with a few choice roles going to established stars.

Two names have now been revealed as possibly being up for roles in the highly anticipated film. Those names are Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. Read More »

Star Wars Uncut

We have lots of Star Wars-related odds and ends for you after the jump, including:

  • J.J. Abrams says Star Wars and Star Trek are “very different”
  • Michael Arndt gets writer’s block, just like the rest of us
  • Michael Giacchino wants John Williams to do Episode VII
  • Watch a teaser for the fan-made movie Star Wars: Uncut
  • Billy Dee Williams really, really, really wants to return
  • Another, possibly final, round of layoffs hits Lucasfilm
  • Darth Vader choking victim Richard LeParmentier has died

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