Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
The first Lucasfilm movie announced by Disney after the acquisition was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the first Lucasfilm feature released by Disney is this weekend’s Strange Magic. First conceived by George Lucas over a decade ago, the animated musical delves into a fantasy world populated by lovelorn elves, feisty fairies, and embittered goblins.
During a recent press day in New York, I got the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Lucas himself, as well as Strange Magic stars Elijah Kelley, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alan Cumming to talk love, music, and of course, Star Wars. Watch the video interviews after the jump. Read More »
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Gareth Edwards has begun testing actresses for a lead role in his 2016 Star Wars standalone movie. There’s no word what the role is but The Hollywood Reporter reports Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, and recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones are all testing for a part in the film.
UPDATE: Variety reports that Kate Mara also read for the role. Read More »
When an installment of Star Wars Bits contains possible Force Awakens spoilers and love connections, you know it’s going to be good. Below, read about the following:
- Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars standalone could have lots of location shooting.
- Actress Leanne Best has reportedly been revealed as a cast member of The Force Awakens.
- Artist Robert Bailey posts some beautiful Force Awakens images.
- Watch Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy and Kilian Plunkett talk Rebels, Clone Wars and Star Wars #1.
- There will be at least seven new Lego sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus news on other sets.
- Marvel may, in the future, do Star Wars stories during the prequel era.
- Several old Star Wars games are now available digitally for the first time.
- Star Wars: A New Hope will screen in Navajo at Star Wars Celebration.
- Star Wars speed dating. Yes, you read that right.
- Read what may be a massive spoiler from The Force Awakens.
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In the years to come, we’ll certainly learn more about the behind the scenes development of the new Star Wars movies. But, for now, the public narrative is as follows. George Lucas was quietly developing Star Wars 7 when he decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney. He passed along his outlines and work on the movies, which screenwriter Michael Arndt began adapting. J.J. Abrams came on board as director, but he and the writer didn’t see eye-to-eye. Arndt left the project, Abrams took over writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens went into production.
The rumored disagreement between Arndt and Abrams was over Lucas’ vision. Apparently, Lucas and Arndt wanted Episode VII to focus more on the younger characters, while Abrams wanted the younger generation to be secondary to the old guard like Luke, Han and Leia. We still don’t know precisely how that balance worked out. In a new interview, Lucas himself admitted Disney abandoned his Star Wars 7 ideas, adding fuel to this fire. Read More »
Comic book, TV shows and of course The Force Awakens are all covered in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Mark Hamill reveals he boards the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- A UK reporter uncovers several young actors reportedly cast in The Force Awakens.
- George Lucas has now seen The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
- Oscar Isaac uses a surprising word to describe Poe Dameron.
- Check out the Star Wars #1 Loot Crate variant cover.
- Is there a Force Awakens easter egg in Star Wars #1?
- Watch a featurette on Star Wars #1.
- See sketches from Kanan: The Last Padawan comic.
- Is there a Lando Calrissian comic coming out too?
- Will Marvel do comics set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
- Read the titles of some upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
- The George Lucas Museum may end up in LA if Chicago doesn’t work out.
- Three rumored pieces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art leak.
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Last week, Latino Review ran an article about next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting with Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, since you read /Film, you already knew that because we broke that news a month prior. What our friends at Latino Review mentioned that we didn’t though was the trailer would include footage of Han, Luke, Leia and Chewbacca. That was news to us.
You see, the source who tipped us off to the new trailer told us something almost totally different. They said the original trilogy characters would not be featured in the marketing because Lucasfilm wants to keep their specific roles as secret as possible. Plus, with so many new characters, worlds, ships, etc. to sell people on, they don’t want to show too much familiar stuff. They want it to be Star Wars, but a new Star Wars, like the first teaser trailer. Familiar yet different.
Our source never said we wouldn’t see the characters at all. It was just strongly implied they would be in the background. Could this strategy, one we heard about in late November, have changed? Could Disney have decided to put the original trilogy characters in the marketing? Like most things, the truth will most likely be found in the middle. Read More »
Every single piece of media released about Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been carefully selected. Each video, photo, quote, everything has been checked, double checked and perfectly timed to reveal to fans just enough information that Lucasfilm feels appropriate. And, so far, nothing has been particularly spoilery.
That either just changed, or there’s some deliberate shenanigans going on. I’m thinking the latter. But either way, confirmed Force Awakens star Warwick Davis appeared on the BBC’s The One Show and showed two selfies he supposedly took from the set. One with Chewbacca, and another with a character that, well, might be a big spoiler. See the Warwick Davis Force Awakens photos below.
UPDATE: Davis responded to the photos on Twitter, saying they were not actually from the set. But there’s still an interesting discussion to be had. Read More »
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There’s a nice cornucopia of Star Wars news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- More details about the Gary Whitta exit/Simon Kinberg entrance on the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie.
- Several pieces of Star Wars Celebration art by Craig Drake have been revealed.
- Oscar Isaac talks about keeping himself grounded while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Skywalker Sound is now on Twitter.
- There was a Star Wars ad in a Japanese newspaper.
- George Lucas pops up in a nuclear waste documentary.
- Star Wars.com has a bunch of content about Star Wars #1.
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