Star Wars Rebels Chopper

We’ve got Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Episode VII and super secrecy in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Chopper, a new droid from Star Wars Rebels, has been revealed.
  • Dave Filoni talks setting, connections and visuals of Star Wars Rebels.
  • J.J. Abrams‘ office gets completely covered in black when he’s writing Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Abrams also thinks there will be “compromise” between keeping secrets and revealing stuff to fans.

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Star Wars - Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Luke and Leia

Mark Hamill still won’t confirm his Star Wars Episode VII casting, but he doesn’t have to because Carrie Fisher has already done it for him. Also after the jump:

  • Judi Dench is the latest actor hit with Episode VII rumors
  • The Boba Fett spinoff may change a few things from Episode II
  • Animation on the first episode of Star Wars Rebels is complete
  • Disney doesn’t have the Star Wars 1313 trademark anymore
  • Here’s how to win a trip Skywalker Ranch and help Make-A-Wish

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We heard last month that Disney was expecting J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to turn in a Star Wars Episode VII script in January, and it looks like they’ve met their deadline. Abrams confirmed at a recent event that the script was indeed complete, and that they were “deep” into pre-production.

Part of that process is finding some stars, of course. While Disney has yet to officially announce any new actors, Abrams verified a recent casting rumor that Jesse Plemons was up for a part — though he dismissed a lot of other casting reports as “a lot of noise.” Hit the jump for his comments on the script, Plemons, shooting in IMAX and on film, and more.

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How about some juicy Star Wars rumors for your weekend? These come from The Hollywood Reporter, who say much has changed with Star Wars Episode VII since original screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project last year. Reportedly Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of the original trilogy characters (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) while director J.J. Abrams wanted Episode VII to focus on those characters, keeping the offspring in the background until Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Meanwhile, while this shake up was going on, Abrams continued to take meetings with all kinds of actors. Pretty much anyone that’s previously been reported (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, etc.) took a meeting as well as new names Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving. Read More »

Plemons Saber

After playing eye-catching roles in Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad, you might have had a feeling that Jesse Plemons was ready to bust out in a big way. Now it seems that breakout potential could take him to a galaxy far, far away.

The Wrap reports the actor is being eyed for one of the major leads in J.J. Abrams‘ highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII. Plemons has not yet been cast but is in what the source believes to be the final stages of the casting process. He’s considered by insiders to be a leading contender.  Read More »

Man of Steel

What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.

But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.

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Curious why the calendar has almost turned and we still have little to no information about Star Wars Episode VII? Because the people paying for it don’t have much information either. Alan Horn, the Chairman of Disney, was speaking at a Variety event Friday morning and revealed he expects to finally see a script for J.J. Abrams‘ film in January. Because of that, the budget for the film hasn’t been set, but they’re expecting something in the $200 million range.

Horn also discussed the recent Indiana Jones news at the event. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

J.J. Abrams thinks casting Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Darth Vader’s annoying moms provides the ”pitch-perfect Star Wars energy fans are clamoring for.” Because what can’t these two make better? Also after the jump:

  • Nathan Fillion does his best Darth Vader impression
  • Remember when we thought Episode IX would be out by 1997? LOL!
  • Disney CEO says the Star Wars franchise will follow the Marvel model
  • Is a lower-budget Han Solo origin movie coming in 2016?
  • Seattle’s Ltd. Art Gallery opens its annual Star Wars exhibit

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