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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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Adam Driver as Adam Sackler on Girls

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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first day of new Star Wars shooting

Now that we’ve had a few hours to digest and discuss the names of actors who are part of Star Wars Episode VII, we figured it was worth looking at a few major names that weren’t mentioned. StarWars.Com released a very short and sweet announcement of the cast and crew, but three major names were oddly, or maybe predictably, absent. They were original Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt, series creator and consultant George Lucas and hero of the rebellion, Billy Dee Williams. We’ll break down the missing Star Wars names below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 Cast

By Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer, Angie Han and Germain Lussier

The announcement of the full cast for Star Wars Episode VII sent a ripple of excitement through the movie world. Not only because the official announcement ends of months of speculation, but because this cast is excellent. The lineup Abrams has chosen for Episode VII is one we’d be excited to see in any film, so it’s a good first move for Star Wars.

While we know little about the relative newcomer Daisy Ridley, who plays the female lead, the rest of the new cast is a collection of great talent drawn from a variety of acting backgrounds: John BoyegaOscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.

That’s a great group of guys. The pleasure of that roster is diminished only by wondering how there can’t be any room for more than one major new female role. The classic Star Wars status quo (one woman, and a bunch of dudes) is almost a running joke at this point, and we hoped that Abrams might have broken that barrier as he cast the new film. An offset, however, is that Daisy Ridley could have a particularly important role. If she ends up being one of the true leads of the series, that would change things just a bit. And while this cast remains predominantly white, John Boyega held point position in the official announcement, giving rise to the assumption that he’s the lead. Boyega, born in London to Nigerian parents, is not the typical face of Star Wars. If he’s the lead, that’s a significant step in a new direction for the series.

Below, read up on the backgrounds of each of the new additions to the Star Wars universe, along with speculation and what actual data we have about the roles for each cast member. 

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Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

first day of new Star Wars shooting

Finally, it’s official. Here’s the release.

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Check out the first cast photo below. Read More »

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