Star Wars 7 IMAX

When we finally journey back to the galaxy far, far away in 2015, we’ll be doing so on the biggest screens possible. Disney announced today it has officially renewed its long-running deal with IMAX to release several upcoming tentpoles in the jumbo format.

The agreement covers all the films you’d expect, including Star Wars Episode VII, Maleficent, and all the remaining Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 movies. Get the specifics after the jump.

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30 Years After Return of the Jedi

Here’s some actual Star Wars news! (Even if it is minor.) Most of what we know about Star Wars Episode VII can be confined to a paragraph, and we know next to nothing about the new story. But today in a shareholders conference call Disney head Bob Iger said that Episode VII will take place thirty years after Return of the Jedi. That means the series is aging nearly in real-time along with its fans.

Along with that nugget, Iger confirmed that there will be three new young characters, and several retuning faces.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has met with, and may sign on for, a key role in J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode 7. The 12 Years A Slave star reportedly is “extremely close” to playing a role not related to the original trilogy. It may be a Sith or a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Read More »

Star Wars 7 casting

Variety has learned that JJ Abrams is looking at the following five actors for the lead role in Star Wars: Episode 7:

  • Ed Speleers of Downton Abbey
  • John Boyega of Attack the Block
  • Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad
  • Matthew James Thomas, theater actor who appeared in Billy Elliot and About A Boy
  • Ray Fisher, theater actor

These five are supposedly on the top of the list for the lead Jedi apprentice role in the Star Wars sequel. But these actors are not the only men in the mix – the industry trade adds that some insiders “warn the search is still ongoing.”

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Princess Leia Carrie Fisher

Disney and Lucasfilm have still not announced who’ll be starring in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, but information continues to creep out there. Besides the Adam Driver business, one member of the original cast who has no problem saying she’s returning for Star Wars 7 is Carrie Fisher. Time and time again Fisher has let it slip she’s planning on returning for the film and now she’s done it again.

Fisher will be appearing on an upcoming episode of the FXX show Legit and that show’s star, Jim Jefferies, told Sirius XM’s Opie and Anthony Show Fisher will be in London for six months later this year shooting the film. Read the full quote below. Read More »

Joel Kinnaman;Gary Oldman

It feels like there’s a Star Wars Episode VII rumor attached to pretty much every actor working these days. Most of the time, stars meet these reports with stringent denials, if they bother to respond at all.

But today’s hot rumor has a bit more meat to it than most. Actor Gary Oldman has confirmed that he was approached for a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed adventure, though he hasn’t gone as far as saying he’s actually been cast. Read his exact words after the jump.

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Star Wars - Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Luke and Leia

Mark Hamill still won’t confirm his Star Wars Episode VII casting, but he doesn’t have to because Carrie Fisher has already done it for him. Also after the jump:

  • Judi Dench is the latest actor hit with Episode VII rumors
  • The Boba Fett spinoff may change a few things from Episode II
  • Animation on the first episode of Star Wars Rebels is complete
  • Disney doesn’t have the Star Wars 1313 trademark anymore
  • Here’s how to win a trip Skywalker Ranch and help Make-A-Wish

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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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