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UPDATE: Long running Star Wars site TheForce.net says this rumor is unequivocally, 100% false. However, they don’t cite a source. We’ve left the original story below.

This might be total BS. We’re going to be honest about that. But reading this new information was interesting and fun, and even if it may not be true, why deny you the same joy? Let the Star Wars speculation continue!

As you all know by now, we know nothing of the plot to Star Wars Episode VII. We know the original characters are back, thirty years have passed, and some younger actors play new characters. That’s it. We can safely assume there will be Jedi, but there’s no real pulse on the bad guys. You see, at the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker defeated the Sith, returning balance to the Force. However, characters revealed in other canon stories (mainly Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) could potentially still be around. We simply don’t know.

Now, a new article has some exciting speculation on the topic, with at least a potential hint of truth. The team at Making Star Wars have some info they believe to be from actual Star Wars insiders on who and what the Star Wars 7 villains are. More over, they may also have an idea of how those villains figure into the entire sequel trilogy.

Suffice to say, if any of this is true, this information contains both minor and major spoilers. We’ll differentiate after the jump. Read More »

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Simon Pegg Star Wars

UPDATE from Germain: A few hours after this rumor about Simon Pegg appearing in Star Wars Episode VII broke, the actor took to Twitter to say “I think this might be why everyone got a little bit confused” with a link to the upcoming Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special. He IS a part of that project so while that’s not a denial, it’s pretty close. Plus, we’d heard rumblings Pegg merely visited the set because he is both a huge Star Wars nerd and friends with writer/director J.J. Abrams. And so the rumor began.

Pegg also spoke to Sky Movies in the UK about Abrams and his approach to the film. In the clip, it sounds like he has an intimate knowledge of what the director is doing but it doesn’t sound like he’s in the movie. So, below, see that new video and read our original story. Read More »

Harrison Ford played Han Solo

Everything from actual on-set news and casting, to television and merchandise is in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Harrison Ford is injured on the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Lawrence Kasdan is again rumored to write Boba Fett spinoff.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars gets a premiere date.
  • Gareth Edwards talks his Star Wars spin-off, which will be shot in the UK.
  • See a new image of the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Comic-Con exclusive.
  • John Boyega‘s father may have a role in Episode VII.
  • The Abu Dhabi Episode VII sets are likely to be preserved.
  • Lego Star Wars Lightsaber Set gets 10,000 supporters.
  • Buy a replica of Han Solo‘s Bespin Outfit.
  • Four new Star Wars art pieces will be out Friday from Acme Archives.

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star wars set photo

An unexpected photo from inside Pinewood Studios emerged late Tuesday. That’s where J.J. Abrams is filming Star Wars Episode VII and the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, paid a visit to announce the next spin-off film will be shooting there. Granted, we knew this because Lucasfilm/Disney had locked up Pinewood for multiple years, but no matter.

The coolest bit is, while on set, Osborne was allowed to tweet a photo featuring himself, Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, R2-D2, and a strategically placed Falcon in the background.  Check it out below. Read More »

BIlly Dee Mark Hamill

Lots of cool stuff in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Lots of Episode VII, of course, but also some cool Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher quotes, new merchandise and even a George Lucas cameo. Below, read about the following.

  • Paparazzi spotted an interesting trio of Star Wars Episode VII principals on the street.
  • George Lucas doesn’t seem worried about the leaked set photos.
  • Check out the first Star Wars Hot Wheels toy.
  • Watch a full, 45 minute interview with Mark Hamill at Star Wars Weekends at Disney World.
  • Billy Dee Williams confirms he has contributed to Star Wars Rebels.
  • Watch a new video about the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
  • Potential details of multiple Star Wars Episode VII sets are revealed.
  • See John Boyega in the Star Wars makeup chair.

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bearded mark hamill with lightsaber from disneyworld video
In today’s edition of Star Wars bits, I round up all the latest Star Wars information including a confirmation from Mark Hamill that the bread he is sporting in the recent photos is a beard he grew for his appearance in Episode VII, a bunch of new Episode VII rumors which includes a possible female villain, we find out if James Earl Jones have an appearance or a voice appearance in the new film, the lengths JJ and crew are taking the preserve the secrecy of the production are revealed by Domhnall Gleeson and the Healer Twins, Disney Store responds to fan requests for Princess Leia merchandise, and a quick photo from screenwriter Gary Whitta who is currently busy in development on the first Star Wars spin-off film. All this and more, after the jump.

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Mark Hamill Lightsaber

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Disney has released a video showing Mark Hamill playing around with the lightsaber at his DisneyWorld photoshoot with Mickey Mouse. Last time I saw Hamill at Comic-Con he was large — Its nice to see Hamill has gotten back in shape for Episode VII. The original story from Germain follows and the new video is embedded after the jump.

We all know what a thirty-year-old Mark Hamill looks like holding a lightsaber. That’s it above. But what does a sixty year old Hamill look like? That’s the question fans have been wondering for sometime as the actor gets ready to return to the role of Luke Skywalker for J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII.

Hamill has yet to start shooting the film, though. He’s instead fulfilling some other Disney/Star Wars duties. The actor is currently in Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World and posed with a lightsaber, giving fans some idea of what to expect come December 18, 2015. He also talked to the local paper about his training for the film and the crazy spoiler culture. See Star Wars 7 Mark Hamill and read his quotes below.

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Star Wars Episode VII Contest JJ Abrams

In response to all the leaked photos from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, writer and director J.J. Abrams used the Bad Robot Twitter account to send a note to fans. It says “I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII and making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie.” But the background behind the note makes the text very funny. Check it out below. Read More »

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