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Curious why the calendar has almost turned and we still have little to no information about Star Wars Episode VII? Because the people paying for it don’t have much information either. Alan Horn, the Chairman of Disney, was speaking at a Variety event Friday morning and revealed he expects to finally see a script for J.J. Abrams‘ film in January. Because of that, the budget for the film hasn’t been set, but they’re expecting something in the $200 million range.

Horn also discussed the recent Indiana Jones news at the event. Read more after the jump. 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 time is almost here. Once the calendar turns, writer/director J.J. Abrams will finally head across the Atlantic to shoot Star Wars Episode VII in England, where much of the original was made. (Episode VII will shoot at Pinewood Studios, rather than Elstree, where the original Star Wars work was done.) Abrams, however, has hinted in the past he didn’t want to film there simply because it meant leaving his family in the United States for a long period of time. As expected tradition won out and Abrams is going to film across the Atlantic, so he’s now putting as positive a spin on it as possible.

Below, read some new quotes about his reluctance -and excitement – of filming in London, as well as the opportunity to work with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. Read More »

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A college newspaper in Michigan is reporting one of its students has been cast in Star Wars Episode VII. Could it be true? Read more about it, and these bits, after the jump.

  • Hillsdale College senior Joseph Craig might have been cast in Star Wars Episode VII. [UPDATE - The article has been deleted.]
  • Production designer Rick Carter talks blending new and old in Episode VII.
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R2-D2

It’s official. The first character has been 100%, officially confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII. It’s R2-D2, the blue astromech droid purchased by Luke Skywalker on Tatooine so many years ago, which also so happened to be Luke’s mother’s favorite droid years before that.

The Bad Robot twitter feed posted an image of R2 with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy last week, but today not only confirmed he’ll be in the film, they revealed he was built by two fans, Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who met Kennedy at a Star Wars Celebration. Read more below. Read More »

Samuel L Jackson as Mace Windu

If Samuel L. Jackson can tell the world Elizabeth Olsen is in Avengers: Age of Ultron, maybe he can also tell us Mark Hamill isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII. Though the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker has reportedly been working out for a likely return to the series, Jackson spoke to him recently and Hamill told him director J.J. Abrams has not been in touch. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, said the same thing to Jackson. Neither has had a phone call from the film’s writer, director and producer.

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