Josh Trank Star Wars

The whole backstory of the Star Wars spinoff films is a little nutty. We know there are mysterious spin-off films that’ll be released between the regular saga episodes. At the beginning of the development process, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were announced as the writers. As speculation grew on what those films would entail (Han Solo? Boba Fett? Yoda?), one executive referred to them as origin stories. Then, out of nowhere, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta were hired to write and direct the first spinoff for 2016 release. Star Wars fans wondered what had happened to those other two movies.

Things came slightly more into focus a few months later when Josh Trank (Chronicle) was hired for what’s likely to be the second spin-off movie. At the same time that announcement happened, Trank was in Louisiana directing Fantastic Four, which is written by Simon Kinberg. It seemed likely that these two events could be linked.

When I had the chance to talk to Simon Kinberg about Star Wars, I also asked him about the situation. He obviously couldn’t give even a hint of what the Star Wars spin-offs are about, but he did say he helped push Lucasfilm to hire Trank. He also cryptically teased they would work together again in the future. Read the Simon Kinberg Josh Trank Star Wars quotes below. Read More »

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Star Wars Episode VII, specifically the filming of it, is the focus of this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Harrison Ford is off his crutch and shoot resume Star Wars Episode VII filming soon.
  • Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley have been filming Star Wars Episode VII on Skellig Michael in Ireland…
  • …and we have exclusive images of how the locals are capitalizing on the shoot.
  • J.J. Abrams talked about shooting film on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Even though the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, many believe its important.
  • Watch the full Star Wars Rebels panel from Comic-Con.
  • John Boyega channels a superhero and Daisy Ridley drops a Star Wars selfie.

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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – San Diego Comic-Con 2014

David, Jeff, Russ, and Germain chat about their highest highs, lowest lows, and their biggest surprises from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Be sure to read up on all of /Film’s coverage of Comic-Con this year. Also, read Germain’s thoughts on Hollywood and Comic-Con, as well as how Marvel became the envy (and scourge) of Hollywood.

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Simon Pegg won’t appear in Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be part of the film in some other way. In a recent interview, Pegg continued to say what he’s always said about the film. He’s a huge fan, he’s friends with writer director J.J. Abrams, he’s visited the set, but him appearing would take people out of the movie. So he continues to say he won’t be on screen in Episode VII. But he also won’t, and hasn’t, said that he’s not in the movie at all, which is now leading to speculation the Shaun of the Dead actor might provide some kind of voice or performance capture where his face wouldn’t be an issue.

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Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus:

  • Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn
  • Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress
  • Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures
  • Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg casting
  • … but Simon Pegg himself isn’t saying anything either way
  • Mark Hamill discusses his “contractually obligated beard”

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Star Wars Princess Leia comic book

Marvel Comics announced at the annual Saturday Cup Of Joe panel at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International a new Star Wars 5-issue limited series comic book Star Wars: Princess Leia. The series by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will follow the famous now-Disney princess as she comes to terms with the destruction of her homeworld, Alderaan. After the jump you can see the first image of Star Wars Princess Leia comic book.
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Lots and lots of awesome in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Rumor has it one of Marvel’s first Star Wars comics will be Princess Leia.
  • Star Wars Battlefront could come out alongside Star Wars Episode VII.
  • If John Boyega is a Stormtrooper in Episode VII, does he appear in Star Wars Rebels?
  • The final page of the Shakespeare Return of the Jedi book is an Episode VII poem.
  • Listen to Simon Pegg as C-3PO.
  • Many Star Wars stars have returned home to the United States for the upcoming hiatus.
  • The Robot Chicken team did a Star Wars Episode VII video
  • Hot Toys is officially doing Star Wars toys.
  • See the two new Hot Wheels Star Wars vehicles.
  • Read a very interesting Star Wars survey.

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Super Jedi

I’m not really sure what this photo means, or if it’s just some playful pre-Comic Con fun, but either way I thought it was worth sharing. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (yup, that’s still the title) director Zack Snyder tweeted a photo of Man of Steel star Henry Cavill in a black hood holding a light saber with the hashtag #superjedi. We’re pretty sure this has nothing to do with a Star Wars crossover (two different studios and well, never gonna happen) but the backdrop of the portrait suggests Superman’s new black robe look has something to do with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is expected to appear at the Warner Bros Comic con panel later this week. See the full Super Jedi photo after the jump.

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