Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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With 90% of what Disney and Lucasfilm have planned for Star Wars still a mystery, any comment from one of the principals becomes noteworthy. Those principals are the man (metaphorically) signing the checks, Disney CEO Bob Iger, the director of Star Wars Episode VII J.J. Abrams, and the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy. Over the past few months Kennedy has probably been the most frank on the topic, when and if she surfaces from endless meetings to discuss it.
One of those occasions happened this week when she spoke to The Straits Times in Singapore about upcoming Lucasfilm work in that country. Kennedy discussed the proposed Star Wars Origin spin-off films and addressed the worry some have those films would tarnish the memory of the original trilogy. Read her quotes below. Read More »
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 »
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 »
Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
No, the header image isn’t from an impending Star Wars-Disney crossover — it’s just a fun bit of fan art. You can see the full image, plus the artist’s takes on Darth Vader and Princess Leia, after the jump. Also:
- Clone Wars‘ Darth Maul will get a proper sendoff — in comics.
- Are these the “top 10 Star Wars moments of 2013″?
- Watch a short film by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas.
- Peter Mayhew has a bunch of awesome old set photos.
- See baddies in action in a new Star Wars Rebels still.
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Always two, there were: the Star Wars film canon and the Expanded Universe canon. It seems however, under the new Disney regime, everything moving forward will fall under the same umbrella. Read about that development, and everything below, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.
- Two Star Wars Rebels character names have been revealed via Lego sets.
- George Lucas might have considered Tupac Shakur for Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode I.
- Katee Sackhoff campaigns to be a part of Star Wars Episode VII.
- Your digital Dark Horse Star Wars comics are safe.
- 3D Systems bought Star Wars licensee Gentle Giant.
- See six beautiful Star Wars posters by artist Nicolas Alejandro.
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2014 marks the opening of a brand new Pixar themed Disneyland thrill ride…in Paris. Below, watch an official teaser trailer for Ratatouille: The Totally Zany Adventures of Remy as well as the following:
- A tentative first phase of Star Wars Land has been green lit as Imagineers get Star Wars Episode VII info; plus more Disneyland rumors.
- Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Studios Hollywood has officially closed.
- What if Epcot’s World Showcase changed its theme entirely?
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Disney owns Marvel. Disney also owns LucasFilm. So it makes perfect sense starting in 2015, Marvel will once again become the official comic book company for the Star Wars universe. Before the first Star Wars film came out, Marvel was publishing comics based on the universe but Dark Horse has had the license for over two decades. Now, the Skywalkers return to their home.
Read the full press release below, which may hint at characters in the new trilogy, as well as a comment from Dark Horse. Read More »