Either J.J. Abrams has just raised his mystery box tactics to a whole new level, or people are terrible. You decide.
For the past five months, Abrams has been all over the world filming Star Wars Episode VII with a near-unprecedented level of curiosity surrounding the production. Paparazzi have been clamoring for set photos. Images of the actors simply walking on the streets are news. Recently, drones captured set images Abrams was surely not happy to see. That’s not even counting the online leaks about plot points, characters and more.
The whole time, the two safest and most exciting sources of Star Wars news were Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The young actors, likely the two leads of the film, had been carefully documenting the process on social media. Both loved to tweet their thoughts about the process, posting funny videos and photos on Instagram, all the while never revealing anything.
The most we knew about Boyega’s character was the actor listened to lots of great Hollywood scores to get pumped for his scenes. Ridley revealed even less, mostly that she was spending a lot of time with Boyega and was genuinely ecstatic about the whole process. All in all, the two exuded passion that was infectious and harmless. If anything, it was helping get fans even more excited for the film.
Then, over the past few days, both accounts disappeared. Boyega’s Instagram remains (as of press time) and a Lucasfilm representative told /Film they were just as surprised as we were to see the accounts gone. That leads us to ask the question, why did John Boyega and Daisy Ridley leave Twitter? Read More »
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One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed.
- Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone.
- What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo look like?
- David Oyelowo confirms there will be exciting cameos in Star Wars Rebels.
- Learn the secrets of The Phantom, part of The Ghost, in Star Wars Rebels.
- John Boyega is adding his voice to a cartoon.
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From what we’ve heard, J.J. Abrams was always the director Kathleen Kennedy wanted to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams had the ability and the insane Star Wars fandom to please executives and fans alike. However, don’t forget, he initially turned it down. History gets murky after that, with an incredible list of A-list directors who were rumored to, and reported to, have been contacted. Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro and many others were mentioned in tandem with the film. Then, of course, J.J. Abrams changed his mind and the rest his story.
Probably the most interesting name mentioned in regards to Star Wars Episode VII was David Fincher. We published a rumor about Fincher meeting with Lucasfilm in November 2012 and, it turns out, that was correct. In a new interview, Fincher confirmed he met with Kennedy about the film but has a much different view of Star Wars than what she had in mind. Read the David Fincher Star Wars 7 quote below. Read More »
The debut of the 40th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live was broadcast over the weekend and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt hosted the premiere episode which included a skit showing the future of Marvel movies and how the superhero studio just can’t fail — no matter what they release. The trailer lampoons Ant-Man and reveals Marvel’s future slate of superheroes you’ve never heard of, that you won’t want to miss on the big screen. And as you can see in the header image above, it features a reference to the other Disney-owned mega franchise Star Wars. Watch the SNL Marvel trailer parody embedded after the jump, alongside another great skit from the episode featuring Pratt as a He-Man figure come to life.
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Star Wars Rebels is the focus of this edition of Star Wars Bits, including connections to Episode VII, VIII and IX, but there are rumors, cool Marvel Comics teases and more. Below, read about the following:
- See three Star Wars Rebels propaganda posters designed by Eric Tan.
- Disney executives are placing extra special pressure on Star Wars Episode VII.
- A popular supporting character in The Clone Wars returns for Star Wars Rebels.
- Read the descriptions of the first six episodes in the series.
- Scott Derrickson is not up for a Star Wars project.
- Carrie Fisher talks about Star Wars Episode VII.
- Marvel Comics is working on a Star Wars comic from a new era.
- Simon Kinberg talks Rebels connecting to Episode VII and The Inquisitor.
- The New York Times covers Star Wars Rebels.
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Star Wars fans who want to be in the know have a lot of work to do before Episode VII. Of course there’s Star Wars Rebels, which is released online Friday, and which starts a whole new chapter in the Star Wars canon. Many of us also have to catch up on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the six-season cartoon that tells the official story of the legendary battle between the Galactic Senate, Jedi Order and Clone Troopers versus the Separatists, Sith and Trade Federations.
A new video on StarWars.com tells us about the legacy of the The Clone Wars and also reveal three new stories that are still coming from that era in history. There’s a new Darth Maul comic book coming, a new Asajj Ventress novel and a never-finished arc of The Clone Wars called Crystal Crisis on Utapau. In fact, you can watch that third one right now. Below, check out both Star Wars Clone Wars videos. Read More »
Looks like there might be more firings on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. Weeks after the site Indie Revolver posted some incredibly spoiler-filled images reportedly from the highly anticipated film, everyone heard J.J. Abrams let go of some people. Today, that site has released a few more images and while they aren’t as spoilerific as the ones from a few weeks ago, they do potentially ruin the look of some of the new Storm Troopers and maybe even one of the lightsaber action scenes.
Find out more about the new Star Wars 7 concept art below. Read More »
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Back in July, Hot Toys finally announced they had acquired the mother of all licenses: Star Wars. This was a crushing blow to collectors like myself because it meant we’d soon be dead broke as Hot Toys takes all our money with their amazing work. Now the first two pieces have been released and, as expected, they are incredible. You can see a tease above; below, check out the first Hot Toys Star Wars for Han Solo and Chewbacca. Read More »