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Lots and lots of awesome in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Rumor has it one of Marvel’s first Star Wars comics will be Princess Leia.
  • Star Wars Battlefront could come out alongside Star Wars Episode VII.
  • If John Boyega is a Stormtrooper in Episode VII, does he appear in Star Wars Rebels?
  • The final page of the Shakespeare Return of the Jedi book is an Episode VII poem.
  • Listen to Simon Pegg as C-3PO.
  • Many Star Wars stars have returned home to the United States for the upcoming hiatus.
  • The Robot Chicken team did a Star Wars Episode VII video
  • Hot Toys is officially doing Star Wars toys.
  • See the two new Hot Wheels Star Wars vehicles.
  • Read a very interesting Star Wars survey.

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New Millennium Falcon Toy

We’ve already covered the rumors of Harrison Ford’s injury potentially delaying Star Wars Episode VII, but that’s far from the only thing going on in the world of Star Wars. You can read more at that link and, below, you can read about the following:

  • Two well-known Star Wars “groups” could appear in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Domhnall Gleeson expertly avoids talking Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch Super 8 animation test footage from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Matt Reeves says J.J. Abrams is doing something “exciting” with Episode VII.
  • Could Jango Fett himself, Temuera Morrison, play Boba Fett in a spinoff film?
  • Think you’re a big Star Wars fan? You haven’t seen these superfans.
  • See images of a brand new Millennium Falcon toy release.
  • Rumored details of Gwendoline Christie‘s Episode VII role have been released.
  • Anthony Daniels confirms Simon Pegg‘s visit to the Star Wars Episode VII set.

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Hector and the Search for Happiness Trailer

Hector and the Search for Happiness, a UK comedy starring Simon Pegg, looks an awful lot like a remix of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The resemblance is in the fact that, in both films, the central character goes on a globe-trotting journey to find the secret to happiness. The secrets may be different, and the origin point for each guy certainly is. (Here, Pegg plays a successful married psychiatrist who loses sight of the root of happiness, and travels the world to find it again. Based on this trailer, it seems like that pisses off his wife just a bit, as you’d expect it might.)

In the end, this is probably a very different film from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but this first Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer seems to want us to connect the two regardless. Watch below.

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Simon Pegg Star Wars

UPDATE from Germain: A few hours after this rumor about Simon Pegg appearing in Star Wars Episode VII broke, the actor took to Twitter to say “I think this might be why everyone got a little bit confused” with a link to the upcoming Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special. He IS a part of that project so while that’s not a denial, it’s pretty close. Plus, we’d heard rumblings Pegg merely visited the set because he is both a huge Star Wars nerd and friends with writer/director J.J. Abrams. And so the rumor began.

Pegg also spoke to Sky Movies in the UK about Abrams and his approach to the film. In the clip, it sounds like he has an intimate knowledge of what the director is doing but it doesn’t sound like he’s in the movie. So, below, see that new video and read our original story. Read More »

Edgar Wright on The World's End set

We interrupt your Memorial Day weekend for a potential update on Friday’s biggest story.

Late Friday afternoon Marvel announced director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he’d been attached to since 2006, “due to differences in their vision of the film.” The statement said “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

That made the reason for Wright’s departure seem benign. However a new, unconfirmed report goes against that. Latino Review reports the reason Wright left the project is Marvel hired two writers to “homogenize” his and Joe Cornish’s script and the result was so unlike the film they wanted to make, he left. Is this true? Well, Joss Whedon and Simon Pegg might have some clues. Read much more below. Read More »

Worlds End Outline small

Edgar Wright‘s The World End opened in August 2013. Rewind two years before that to the time when the film was early in development, and he and co-writer Simon Pegg basically had the whole thing figured out. Pegg took to Twitter to post an awesome close-up of his and Wright’s rough, very early outline from August 2011. That’s a small version above, the close-up is below. Read More »

Hector and the Search for Happiness

If Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had been a little less daydream-y and a little more British, it probably would have looked a lot like Peter Chelsom‘s Hector and the Search for Happiness. Both films center on middle-aged men who, unsatisfied by their dreary professional lives, decide to embark on whimsical adventures around the globe.

To be sure, there are a few differences. The man in this movie is played by Simon Pegg, not Ben Stiller, and he’s a psychiatrist, not a photo editor. But there are more similarities, from the sweeping shots of snowy mountains all the way down to the plaid scarves that the characters don for their travels. Watch it after the jump.

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A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Simon Pegg‘s come up against some pretty strange things in his onscreen career — zombies, aliens, Tom Cruise — but his characters have typically been able to take those situations in stride. That’s not the case in Crisipian Mills‘ A Fantastic Fear of Everything, a surreal comedy about a murder mystery writer who, as the title suggests, lives in a constant state of terror.

His phobias run the gamut from serial killers to laundromats, and he seems to have a weird thing going with a stop-motion hedgehog. (I’d say it makes more sense once you’ve seen the trailer, but it doesn’t.) The movie opened in the U.K. over the summer, and now U.S. distributor Cinedigm has finally set a release date. Get the details and watch the trailer after the jump.

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