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One casting rumor is confirmed while another one pops up. In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, read about the following:

  • Saoirse Ronan confirms she’s read for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire star Sullivan Stapleton also is rumored to have read.
  • The success of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have breathed new life into a Star Wars TV series.
  • Disney uses Star Wars to launch a new parks campaign.
  • Check out a concept drawing from Return of the Jedi.

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

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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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How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan has already seen the world end once this year, in the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host. But in How I Live Now, the new drama by The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin MacDonald, the enemy isn’t invading aliens, but bitter humankind.

The Irish actress plays American gal Daisy, who’s sent to stay with distant relatives in the English countryside when World War III breaks out. Though she initially feels out of place, she eventually warms to her cousins and even strikes up a romance with one of them, the handsome Edmond (George MacKay). With Daisy’s aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) stuck in Oslo thanks to the war, the kids enjoy an idyllic freedom for a time.

But as the conflict worsens, soldiers arrive at their remote farm and take the kids away, splitting the boys and girls apart. Daisy struggles to survive and, eventually, reunite with her cousins. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Want to see more of that unused 1989 Batman poster? Would Saoirse Ronan like to appear in The Avengers 2? What’s going on with Nick Fury on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Did you see a digital Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3? Are superhero movies good date movies? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Byzantium may be the year’s ultimate horror movie, because it is about a girl who is sixteen years old forever, and I can’t think of many things more horrible than spending eternity in that transitional phase.

Saoirse Ronan plays a woman who appears to be young, but in fact is a vampire, and has been since she was sixteen… which was a couple hundred years ago. Her mother, played by Gemma Arterton, is also a vampire, and they must periodically flee to a new safe haven. The film finds them settling into a dilapidated coastal town, but secrets are revealed, and trouble brews.

Neil Jordan directs from a script by Moira Buffini, and Byzantium looks like it is cut straight from the cloth Jordan used for films such as Interview With the Vampire and The Company of Wolves. Jordan’s visuals, captured by Hunger and Shame cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, are lovely, and this first US trailer presents them well. Read More »

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What can we make of Violet & Daisy, which seems to run with the same semi-arthouse tendencies of Hanna or The Professional?

The movie shot in 2010 and played TIFF to varied reviews in 2011. Cinedigm picked it up for distribution last fall, and will release the movie in June. Perhaps the company decided to hold the film until after this year’s opening of The Host. This film does, after all, star Saoirse Ronan (of The Host) along with Alexis Bleidel and James Gandolfini. The girls play teen assassins; he’s their mark.

If The Host had been a hit, surfing in its wake would have been a good idea. The Host was not a hit, and so now Violet & Daisy has to make its own way as a bit of summer counter-programming. (Putting a bit of distance between this and Hanna was also not a bad idea.) Or perhaps it seemed like a good idea to wait until this could exist in proximity to Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Oddly enough, the movies all seem to be of a piece.

The trailer has some mysterious images and enticing moments, but I can’t quite get a sense of what the movie really is. Check it out below, and have a look at the great poster we debuted last week. Read More »

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Everyone has to die and, if you’re going to be killed, getting knocked off by Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan is a pretty good way to go. They’re the stars of Violet & Daisy, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. In the film, Bledel and Ronan play teen assassins forced to reexamine their carefree, killer lives when they run into a shut-in played by James Gandolfini.

It opens on June 7 and /Film is proud to exclusively debut the film’s one sheet, which you can see a tease of above. Read More »

Saoirse Ronan in from Neil Jordan’s Byzantium

Nearly two decades after Interview With the Vampire, director Neil Jordan is heading back into bloodsucker territory with Byzantium. Based on the young adult play A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini, the film follows two 200-year-old “sisters” who arrive in a small coastal town.

The outgoing older one, Clara (Gemma Arterton) takes up with a sweet man named Noel (Daniel Mays) and turns his family’s old guesthouse into a brothel, while the younger, more introspective Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) meets and falls for the sickly Frank (Caleb Landry Jones). But whatever peace they find is threatened when their secrets and misdeeds catch up with them. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

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