Briefly: She’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy and, according to the latest rumor, she’s might soon be one of the oldest too. Latino Review is reporting interiors of a Millennium Falcon set have already been completed at Pinewood Studios in London for the upcoming filming of Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams will film most of the movie there, with some of production happening in Los Angeles as well.
Why this set would already be built in September 2013 when filming isn’t likely to start until 2014 makes this rumor seem fishy, but it’s still an intriguing piece to throw into the Episode VII speculation ring.
The Falcon was originally Lando Calrissian’s ship before losing it in a card game to Han Solo. It made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. [Latino Review]
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A while back, a rumor began to circulate that J.J. Abrams was going to leave Star Wars Episode VII. The reason? He supposedly didn’t want to pick up and move to London, where Disney and Lucasfilm had agreed to make the movie. Abrams wanted to shoot it at home, in Los Angeles, California, and said as much in public.
Whether or not he was ever considering leaving the project over this gripe, we’ll never know. What we do know is that concessions have been made so Star Wars Episode VII will shoot, at least partially, in California. The Hollywood Reporter reports the Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica are getting a upgrade so Abrams and company can film at least some of the movie in his backyard. Read More »
A rumor broke last week suggesting Benedict Cumberbatch was likely to be cast as a major part of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. Lucasfilm and Disney didn’t comment, but the actor’s reps denied the claim. Then the actor himself was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting multiple movies, and was posed with the question. His response:
This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.
Seems to close the door on the idea, but as we know with casting, especially for J.J. Abrams movies, that is not necessarily “that.” “No offer has been made” doesn’t always mean “I haven’t been approached nor will I appear in this movie.” The door remains open. Now, a new quote opens the door even more while also pretending to be a denial. Read it below. Read More »
Fans are patiently waiting for any clue of what J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII will bring. Will the original cast be back? Who are the characters that will lead this new trilogy? Any hint of an answer to those questions will let fans begin to piece together the story of this new Star Wars trilogy, and guess where the series will go in the future.
Another major question that will inform that discussion is the film’s subtitle. Star Wars titles, and their reveals, are the stuff of legend. While nothing has officially been announced (nor is it likely to be announced for another year or so), one site is reporting a rumored possible title. Read More »
Two more actors have been rumored for roles in Star Wars Episode VII and one of them is literally named “Solo.” Read who they are, as well the following, after the jump.
- A casting call in New York is looking for three leads in Star Wars Episode VII.
- An internal Toys R Us memo offers up a logo and strategy for the new Star Wars trilogy.
- New episodes of The Clone Wars, as well as Episode VII featurettes, might be exclusively released on Apple devices.
- Drew Struzan (above) might have turned down the opportunity to do the poster for Star Wars Episode VII.
- A fire was reported at the Skywalker Ranch.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Yesterday, Universal finally revealed the leads of Fifty Shades of Grey after months of speculation. But for sci-fi geeks, that was only the second biggest casting update to hit over the holiday weekend.
An unconfirmed rumor made the rounds that Benedict Cumberbatch was circling Star Wars Episode VII, which would reunite him with his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams. Given the intense secrecy and wild chatter surrounding the project, it’s no surprise that his reps have now shot down that report. But do we have any more reason to trust this denial than we had to believe that rumor in the first place?
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Briefly: Last week, you may have heard that a Star Wars rumor was batting around the back rooms of Hollywood. That rumor is now out there and it states Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently worked with J.J. Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness, could re-team with the director for Star Wars Episode VII. The speculation began when the actor recently left Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak, without giving reason. This could be that reason. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
What’s that in the header image? Why, it’s Luke Skywalker — well, Mark Hamill — catching up with his old buddy the Rancor. See the full-sized version after the jump. Also below:
- So where is Episode VII going to shoot?
- And when is filming supposed to start?
- New book Kenobi delves into Obi-Wan’s past
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