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JJ Abrams held open casting calls around the globe and online to find new actors for Star Wars Episode VII, and now he’s revealed two of his choices. While Pip Andersen isn’t exactly unknown, as he is a star in the world of parkour, he’s one of the two new actors added to Episode VII. The other is Crystal Clarke, an American actress currently studying in Scotland. She’s about to make her feature debut in The Moon and the Sun, which stars Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt.

But the biggest news may be that the Episode VII shoot plans a two-week hiatus in August, to help work out issues arising from Harrison Ford’s recent leg injury. Read More »

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Kevin Smith

Last week Kevin Smith posted a photo of him crying with tears of joy as he left the London set of JJ AbramsStar Wars Episode VII. The filmmaker explained that he signed an NDA and was unable to talk about his experience, but left his followers with the photo. /Film reader David B alerted me to a video of Kevin Smith’s Q&A at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, where he talks at length about his Star Wars Episode 7 set visit. Watch Kevin Smith talk about his Episode 7 adventure, after the jump.

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Andy Serkis

During my marathon interview with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, I asked if he had exchanged advice with his childhood friend JJ Abrams on Star Wars, or taken any advice from him for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves admitted that he might be part of the reason Andy Serkis was cast in Star Wars Episode VII.

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Princess Leia Carrie Fisher

Considering the long casting process J.J. Abrams and crew went through for Star Wars Episode VII, it’s surprising some missed one simple way to get in the movie: nepotism. The latest rumor surrounding the film is that Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher, has been cast in the movie. A second rumor on top of that says that she’s playing either Leia’s daughter or, oddly, a younger version of Leia herself. We’ll explore both Billie Lourd Star Wars rumors below. Read More »

Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis

Many of us are huge Star Wars fans, and the mere thought that there’s a new film being shot right now is enough to give chills. Now go beyond that thought and daydream about visiting the set. Seeing the Millennium Falcon, touching it, learning a few pieces of information, would be a feeling that’s almost too wild to imagine. Most fans would probably have an emotional breakdown right there at Pinewood.

Kevin Smith is a long time Star Wars fan. Since Clerks, almost every one of Smith’s movies and projects has talked about the franchise, or featured some kind of fleeting reference to or influence from Star Wars. So it must have been pretty awesome for the director to travel to London and visit the set of J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII. How awesome was it? Smith broke into tears. Read More »

Andy Serkis

When you’ve hired a person who is the best in the world at doing something, can you actually ask him not to do it? That’s the question raised with respect to Star Wars Episode VII.  In a new interview, actor Andy Serkis spoke about the use of motion- and performance-capture in J.J. Abrams‘ sequel. He confirmed his company, The Imaginarium, would indeed be doing all the mo-cap for the film, adding “and I myself am playing a character in it.” Does that mean he’s a character in the Imaginarium’s work or just a character in the movie?

It would certainly make sense for Serkis to play a performance capture role as he’s the industry’s top performer. He helped define the new art form with his work in in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But he’s a fantastic actor with or without the computer. So what’s the deal? Read the full Andy Serkis Star Wars quote below. Read More »

first day of new Star Wars shooting

The battle over May 2016 is getting more and more interesting. A while back, we thought the Summer of 2015 was the be-all, end-all for summer sequels. Those months were scheduled to include all the movies that are currently being released as well as two of the most anticipated movies ever: Star Wars Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those two films were later slotted into December 2015 and May 2016 respectively. May 2016 got more interesting, however, when Marvel dated Captain America 3 for the same release day as Batman v Superman. That’s where things stood for a while.

Then Harrison Ford broke his leg.

Now, while Disney is dead-set on holding December 18, 2015 as the Star Wars Episode VII release date, director/producer J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy have reportedly asked, and been denied, a move to May 4, 2016.

Below, we examine the potential Star Wars 7 release date change from both sides of the argument. Read More »

John Boyega in Attack the Block

Some very intriguing, potentially revealing Star Wars Episode VII rumors have just surfaced about the plot and character. Read about those, and a bunch of other cool stuff, in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be built in Chicago.
  • A general plot overview of Star Wars Episode VII may have been revealed.
  • New rumors about John Boyega and Daisy Ridley‘s roles in Episode VII have surfaced.
  • Are there a lot more roles to be cast in Episode VII?
  • Watch Andy Serkis talk about the secrecy surrounding Episode VII.
  • Home of Star Wars Episode VII, Pinewood Studios is set to expand.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in a new teaser for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Check out a cool new fan made poster for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Wil Wheaton poked fun at J.J. Abrams‘ dual allegiance to Star Trek and Star Wars.
  • See an amazing Star Wars exclusive available at San Diego Comic-Con.

Note: The plot and character stuff is whited out for anyone scared of spoilers. Feel free to proceed. Read More »

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