Star Wars Episode VII Contest JJ Abrams

As the Star Wars: Episode VII cast continues to come together, J.J. Abrams is looking to pull one diehard fan onscreen to join them. The director has issued a special video message announcing a contest with a walk-on role as the big prize.

The fact that the campaign also benefits UNICEF is just the icing on the cake. Hit the jump to watch the video — which also happens to be our first look at the Abu Dhabi set — and find out how you can enter the Star Wars: Episode VII contest.

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We recently saw the first couple photos from filming on Star Wars Episode VII, and now a new image has surfaced. This one does not show a set or a costume, or even a physical place. It is a note from J. J. Abrams to the crew (and likely intended to be read by all of us) that features a bit of wry humor: “Amazing but true: the world awaits this film.” Check out the note below. Read More »

Wedge Antilles Star Wars 7

When Return of the Jedi ends, the whole gang is there: Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, even Hayden Christensen, via the “magic” of Special Editions. There’s also a very special X-Wing pilot: Wedge Antilles, played by Denis Lawson. The Rebel pilot has been with the Rebellion longer than most of the main characters, having contributed to the destruction of both Death Stars and more. Along with Luke, he’s one of the outfit’s few surviving fighter pilots.

Wedge’s tangential importance in the Star Wars universe, coupled with a huge fan following, made the character a good candidate to return in J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII. However, a few months back, the actor said he’d only return if the role was bigger this time around. Now, it seems Lawson was approached to return for the film but turned it down. Read more about Wedge Antilles Star Wars 7 below. Read More »

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(This is Mos Eisley from the movies, not a set photo)

In April, The National made news with the first set photos from the Abu Dhabi set of Star Wars: Episode 7. Fans quickly dissected the few visible details, and discovered what they believed to be a giant, practically-built foot of an AT-AT. Its been quiet for the last month with few details leaking from the set, but The National is back with a new report that gives the first details on the Star Wars 7 Abu Dhabi set.

Note: possible early spoilers follow.

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Star Wars Episode 7 Cast

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a great article about the Star Wars Episode VII casting news. In the article, “sources with direct information about the project who spoke on condition of anonymity” confirmed a bunch of behind the scenes tidbits we’d long since begun to take as fact. Primary among those is that Harrison Ford‘s Han Solo is considered a “co-lead” of the film, along with “three of the younger actors.” Which of the three? We still don’t know.

EW also confirmed casting is still ongoing, the main cast members have been attached for a while, re-writing Michael Arndt‘s script delayed production and more. Read the break down below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 title

Now that a big official announcement has put many of those Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors to rest, we can turn our attention to a different kind of rumor swirling around. According to a new report, Star Wars Episode VII is currently titled The Ancient Fear. As in the opposite of A New Hope, I guess. Hit the jump for more details, including what that name might be referring to.

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Lego Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles

Happy (upcoming) Star Wars Day to one and all! After the jump:

  • Carrie Fisher‘s mom and Daisy Ridley‘s dad comment on casting
  • EW’s Anthony Breznican reveals what he knows about the script
  • Here’s another look at that 1313 game you’ll never get to play
  • Star Wars Day brings some special discounts on games that do exist
  • Watch a trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
  • D23 brings you a special Star Wars Day message from R2-D2
  • Wonder what the folks at Lucasfilm are eating for Star Wars Day?
  • Watch a sexy lightsaber battle in Joe Lynch‘s short Saber III

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We don’t need to tell you that this is a big, big week for Star Wars Episode VII news, starting with the cast announcement yesterday and ending with Star Wars Day on Sunday. After the jump:

  • How did J.J. Abrams manage to pull that cast together?
  • Episode VII won’t keep Adam Driver from Girls
  • Stephen Colbert is not happy with that table read photo
  • Could Star Wars Episode VII cross the $2 billion mark?
  • Read all about the Star Wars sequel that never was
  • See new images from The Goldbergs‘ Star Wars episode
  • NASA delivers a special May 4 message with R2-D2′s help

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