A whole bunch of concept art from Star Wars: Episode VII leaked online today. Assuming these images are legit — and I cannot vouch for their authenticity — but if they are real, they hint that this movie may be the Star Wars flick fans deserve in the wake of the disastrous I-III trilogy.
If you have the midi-chlorians (sorry) to forge ahead, follow the leap to see some truly inspirational images. If, however, you are spoiler-phobic, then get thee to a galaxy far, far away from this post. Seriously, if you don’t want Episode VII ruined — even potentially a little tiny bit, look away! Your heart will be broken to have such awesome images spoiled. You have been warned!
With Guardians of the Galaxy dominating the world box office, it’s nice to see that Karen Gillan didn’t sacrifice her hair to play Nebula in vain. And, best of all, her hair isn’t really gone.
Turns out, the folks at Marvel had a plan: They made Karen a wig out of her own hair, and she wears it on her new sitcom, SELFIE. Said Karen: “They took it strand-by-strand and put it into a wig, so I’m going to be wearing that [on SELFIE].”
Karen said the story that circulated on the internet about her hair being woven into a wig for use in Star Wars: Episode VII was a “miscommunication.”
On SELFIE, which premieres Sept. 30, Gillan plays a self-obsessed woman who tries to transform herself in a modern twist on My Fair Lady. And her ginger locks are not the only “fake” thing about Karen on the show: She also uses an American accent, one she says she honed by watching American TV and by signing up for SoulCycle class and listening to her fellow exercisers.
Director J.J. Abrams is back to remind fans of the chance to win a cameo in Star Wars: Episode VII by making a $10 donation to UNICEF through Star Wars: A Force for Change — and this time he has upped the ante with a chance to win an advance screening of the movie. Oh, and did we mention he’s standing in front of a battle-damaged X-wing fighter and encounters a pilot dressed like a member of the rebel alliance from the first film — and there’s even a mouse droid?
After considering the madness that is the latest Episode VII plot leak, it’s good to see something straight from the horse’s mouth! We can trust J.J. himself, right? He wouldn’t lie to us about what’s in his movie… right?
Considering the heavy blanket of secrecy thrown over the production of Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s easy to understand people grasping at the most flimsy of straws when it comes to rumors about what director J.J. Abrams is up to – but today’s alleged plot leak is so extremely ridiculous that I’m not even labeling it a spoiler. It’s just too dumb to consider.
If unknown actors are cast in undisclosed roles, does the announcement constitute “news”? Probably not, but we will pretend it matters because of the movie they have been cast in: Lucasfilm and Disney yesterday announced the casting of newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen in two unrevealed roles in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement:
The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent, and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film.
I’m pretty sure that acting legends Sir Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing might take exception to Kennedy’s assertion, but I think we get what she meant: Very few people had heard of Mark Hamill before the original Star Wars.
The Walt Disney Co., producers of Star Wars: Episode VII, made it official today when they formally announced the long-rumored casting of Lupita Nyong’o, who won a Best supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the popular Brienne of Tarth on GAME OF THRONES.
Other cast members (announced back in April) include: John Boyega (Attack the Block); Daisy Ridley (even I’ve never heard of her!); Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Adam Driver (GIRLS); Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch and Inside Llewyn Davis); the legendary Max Von Sydow; and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis. Also, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew will be returning to the roles that made them famous.
Today marks the start of principle photography on J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII, and this is the first official set photo, tweeted by production company Bad Robot with the only caption being #dayone.
The first slate offers no clues about the official title of the episode, even as speculation continues to swirl that it will be called The Ancient Fear.
However, notice the sprinkle of sand on the clapper board — does that suggest an exterior on Tatooine?
Dec. 18, 2015 seems both a little bit closer and a lot further away right now.
Bob Iger schools Lord Vader.
We fans knew it was coming when the production dramatically shuffled its writing team, but now Disney has come out with an official
spin reason for pushing the release of Star Wars: Episode VII from the summer of 2015 to Dec. 18, 2015.
Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, told Bloomberg TV:
“One of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team, J.J. Abrams and his writing team, the time to design, write and produce the film so we can optimize quality, so they can create a great film. Very, very important…. At one point we considered the summer of 2015 [but] it felt like, particularly with some changes we made in the writing team that that was going to create a bit of a rush and didn’t think that was optimal for obvious reasons.”
Iger went on to
rationalize point out that Dec. 18 “happens to be the date which Avatar, which is the No. 1 movie of all time, was released, so we like that.”
So there you have it: Disney was always interested in the integrity and quality of the movie — not some sticking to some arbitrary release date selected long before there was even a script for the movie. Only optimizing quality.
When scriptwriter Michael Arndt (of Toy Story 3 fame) left Star Wars: Episode VII last week — it remains to be seen whether he jumped ship or was pushed — I was more than a little concerned, but with word this week that Disney executives will not allow the highly-anticipated project to be pushed from its previously announced May 2015 release date, I’m starting to stare nervously at the panic button.
Arndt’s departure paved the way for director J.J. Abrams to take a hand in penning the screenplay (not a strength of his), and he had the sense to upgrade “consultant” Lawrence Kasdan to co-screenwriter. Kasdan, of course, wrote the shooting script for The Empire Strikes Back (as well as Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark), so that bodes well for the project. However, the new screenwriters are not going to be building off Arndt’s script, but rather starting from scratch!
If you’re the type to pay attention to movie casting rumors, then you’ve probably noticed the same thing I (and many others) have — two names regularly surface just about any time a big movie role is mentioned: Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan. What they have in common (besides two of the most unusual and nigh-unpronounceable names is the biz) is tons and tons of talent.
In the latest case of casting kismet, both Cumberbatch and Ronan are said to be in the running for major roles in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The lead role is rumored to be female, so that’s where Ronan fits in. Actually, there may be two female lead roles, and Ronan supposedly read for both parts this week. Cumberbatch is believed to be up for a villainous role — and possibly has already been cast. Cumberbatch’s baddie would have a small part in Episode VII, then become the Big Bad for episodes VIII and IX. Of course Cumberbatch’s camp is denying it, as is Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot — but we heard this song-and-dance with the “We swear he’s not playing Khan” B.S. from Star Trek Into Darkness. (The suckage of which was not Cumberbatch’s fault.)