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When news broke earlier this week that five young up-and-coming actors were in line for the lead Jedi role in Star Wars Episode VII, Google search bars will likely have been working overtime as film fans tried to match faces to names.
Now a bona fide movie icon, it's common knowledge that Ford struggled early on in his career and starting working as a carpenter to support his family between acting gigs. Sometimes Ford didn't even get an acting credit at all, and on one occasion he was »
With Ender's Game in Sky Store, we persuaded British star Asa Butterfield to take time out from his A-Level studies to chat to us about working with Hollywood legend Harrison Ford, performing weightlessly and what's coming next for the teenage star. Sky Movies: When did you first get involved in Ender's Game? Asa Butterfield: It was quite a long time now. »
He’ll always be Landry to us. After his time in Dillon, Friday Night Lights star Jesse Plemons joined Breaking Bad for its final season and is now among the list of talented actors in consideration for Star Wars: Episode VII. According to Variety, five actors are in the running to star as the lead in J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming installment of the legendary Disney/Lucasfilm franchise.
In addition to Plemons, casting conversation is said to be focused around British actor John Boyega of Attack the Block and Downton Abbey‘s Ed Speleers as well as stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. The lucky guy will eventually join Girls star Adam Driver, who was recently cast as the film’s villain. The original Stars Wars trio of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) is expected to be appearing in the film, but nothing has been confirmed. »
- Emily Exton
Sure, Harrison Ford movies are madly entertaining and crazy fun to watch, but did you know they’re also educational? Whether he’s a whip-cracking archaeologist, a scruffy scoundrel, an undercover cop, or the Commander-In-Chief, Ford’s characters are sure to offer some didactic nuggets of wisdom. Here are 7 lessons to illustrate my point: 1. Flirting Let’s […]
- Brandy Anderson
To celebrate the release of Enders Game this week, we are giving away 3 copies of the DVD alongside 3 copies of the best selling book!
After an alien race attack, Earth prepares for a future war by recruiting the most intelligent children and training them to lead the inevitable battle. When Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) recruits him to the International Fleet, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) quickly establishes himself as the best recruit of his generation with abilities even greater than those of the legendary war hero Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley). As his abilities are tested and honed, he soon becomes Earth’s only hope against total annihilation.
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- Dan Bullock
It was two weeks ago that we learned that Girls breakout Adam Driver will be the new face of evil in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated sequel to Return of the Jedi, and it appears that we will soon know the young Jedi apprentice who will be facing off against Driver's Vader-esque character. According to Variety, multiple sources have confirmed that the actors on Abrams' short list to play the hero include Ed Speleers (Eragon), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Jesse Plemons (The Master), along with stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.
The diverse ethnicity of the top contenders for the lead role adds weight to the rumors that Abrams is straying from the original script for Star Wars: Episode VII drafted by Michael Arndt, which was said to focus on the children of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). The decision to cast »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
One can imagine that, when it was announced J.J. Abrams would helm the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the Bad Robot switchboard must have been immediately clogged with the names of ambitious young actors and actresses, desperate to travel to a galaxy far, far away. In terms of prestigious film roles, they don’t come with a higher profile than those in a Star Wars movie. While official and verified casting announcements have been few and far between for this top secret project, Variety is now reporting that the net is closing on a young male lead, with a possible shortlist being considered.
In terms of screen actors, first of all, there’s Ed Speelers – the charismatic young star who has been entertaining Downton Abbey fans with his performance as footman Jimmy Kent since 2012. Then, there’s John Boyega – the talented lead of 2011’s Attack The Block, who has been »
- Sarah Myles
With Star Wars: Episode VII having secured its villain in Girls star Adam Driver, Variety is reporting that several actors are now battling it out for the lead role in the eagerly-anticipated return to a galaxy far, far away. According to the site, Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher head J.J. Abrams' wishlist for the lead.
Apparently, the original draft from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) would have focussed on the offspring of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), although those characters are said to have been relegated to supporting roles in Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's rewrite, with the director wanting a more diversified cast. Instead, the lead role is said to be a Jedi apprentice, who will presumably be training under Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
- Gary Collinson
We’re inching closer and closer to when director J.J. Abrams will start production on Star Wars: Episode VII, which explains why there’ve finally, finally been some things closer to concrete news on the casting front of late.
As it stands, Adam Driver (Girls) appears to have the role of the central antagonist in the bag; meanwhile, fan-favorite original trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford remain officially unconfirmed, though Fisher has now asserted on multiple occasions that all three are coming back. (And, frankly, if there’s anyone connected with this project that you can trust to tell the truth, it’s Carrie Fisher.)
- Sandy Schaefer
It seems studio shortlists are all the rage as of late as I have one more for you, this time regarding J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. So far the cast seems to include Adam Driver ("Girls") as some sort of villain and original trilogy stars -- Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher -- are also said to be involved, but outside of that, casting details are slim. Today's shortlist sheds a little light on where things may be headed, however, as Variety reports the following names are up for some sort of lead Jedi apprentice role. The most recognizable names include Ed Speleers (Eragon, "Downton Abbey"), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad"). Joining them on the list is a pair of theater actors, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Variety's report makes sure to note this isn't a list of finalists as "the »
- Brad Brevet
A handful of names have emerged as the latest leading candidates for J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: Episode VII, and they would be actors contending for the movie.s lead role, though this character would be surrounded by familiar Star Wars names, like Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Variety has the latest round of casting rumors, repeating the name of Breaking Bad co-star Jesse Plemons (who has been rumored for a while now), but adding several more intriguing names. Attack the Block star John Boyega, Downton Abbey co-star Ed Speleers, and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are the latest names to be suggested by sources close to the production as the leading candidates for the lead part in Abrams. sequel. As expected, Variety says that Disney "had no comment." While none of those names may not move the proverbial needle, there are several other details in the »
While Disney and Lucasfilm still have no comment about the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, Variety claims that five actors have risen to the top of director J.J. Abrams' favorite list, with all candidates vying for the role of lead Jedi apprentice.
While no character details are available, we know that Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Matthew James Thomas (About a Boy), and Broadway actor Ray Fisher are all battling for this coveted role alongside long rumored Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons.
While Girls star Adam Driver has yet to be officially confirmed, this new report claims that he is a lock for the main villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, a member of the Empire who will face off against the Jedi apprentice in this three-part saga.
Insiders close to the production warn that this list of five young, mostly unknown actors is »
Here's what we know so far: "Girls" star Adam Driver will be playing the villain in "Star Wars: Episode 7," while Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are widely expected to return in one way or another. Any other details are on lock down for the moment, but a few more names have dripped out as possibilities for what Variety is calling "the right Jedi to challenge Driver and the evil empire." According to the trade John Boyega ("Attack The Block"), Ed Speelers (aka Jimmy Kent from "Downton Abbey"), theatre dudes Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, and the already-rumored "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons are in the mix to join the movie in an unspecified lead role. So what makes this round up of names different? Apparently, they "have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks" though the net is still wide open, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Star Wars Episode VII director Jj Abrams is reportedly looking at five actors for the lead role in the 2015 blockbuster. They are: Downton Abbey's Ed Speelers, Attack the Block star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Not much is known about the role right now but it is believed to be the film's main protagonist and a Jedi. The director is open to a diverse cast, with both David Oyewolo and Michael B. Jordan having done screen tests in early production. Abrams is expected to give the lead role larger actors in support, like Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. What do you think? Which of the actors should be the next Jedi to grace the silver screen? Sign off your opinion on the options below! More from me: @DEVLIN712 »
After meeting with several young actors this past year, sources tell Variety that “Downton Abbey” thesp Ed Speleers, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead role. Though some insiders warn the search is still ongoing, multiple sources confirm to Variety these actors have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks.
Disney had no comment.
Exact details of the character are vague but the part is believed to be a Jedi apprentice. The original draft by Michael Arndt was said to focus »
- Justin Kroll
Attack the Block 's John Boyega, "Downton Abbey" star Ed Speleers and theater actors Ray Fisher and Matthew James Thomas join the previously-rumored Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad") on Variety 's list of names up for a lead role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII ! Today's news comes on the heels of the all-but-confirmed report late last month that "Girls" star Adam Driver is joining the much-anticipated sequel as the film's central villain. Scripted by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to focus on a new generation of heroes and could include appearances by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. The »
Benedict Cumberbatch is a lovable guy. When the "Sherlock" star protests that he's not, that just makes him more attractive -- the guy can't win. For the rest of us, however, it's lovely. A recent interview in T Magazine offers a whole bunch of reasons to adore Cumberbatch.
Here are 10 of the best.
1. Cumberbatch, who has previously compared himself to an otter, also thinks that he looks like Sid from "Ice Age." Judge for yourself.
2. Coffee makes Cumberbatch talk really quickly.
3. Did you realize that Cumberbatch has never really had a romantic lead? "I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers," he says.
5. Although most actors want their characters to return in movie sequels, Cumberbatch thinks not killing Khan at the end »
Ender's Game, 2013.
Directed by Gavin Hood.
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.
Another week, another novella giving the Harry Potter/ Twilight treatment and big-screen transition. Created in the 1980s, Ender's Game has been on the Hollywood development table for a long while. Finally released last autumn to mediocre returns and reviews, it like many others has tried to replicate the success of the aforementioned franchises. But where some saw tills ringing and franchise rights a-booming, Ender's Game fell into the “shot missed” category, along with other misfires like The Golden Compass or The Mortal Instruments.
Not that there isn’t at least something at least some appeal to avid fans of the book, »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆Orson Scott Card's revered sci-fi novel Ender's Game spent years in development limbo, directors and stars coming and going before South African writer and director Gavin Hood got behind the reins to bring it to the big screen. Hugo lead Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, a child prodigy believed to have the potential to lead humanity against the invading alien 'Formics'. Under the stern eyes of a pair of officers played by Harrison Ford and Viola Davis, Ender rises through the ranks of military training school, making allies and enemies along the way. When Ender gets promoted, the film kicks up a gear, introducing mystery elements and several new characters.
- CineVue UK
Suggesting Leia won’t just be a cameo. Carrie Fisher will be working on the new Star Wars movie for the duration of its six month shoot, according to reports. Fisher, who has already self-confirmed her appearance a number of times in the new film alongside original stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, is expected to return in her iconic role as Princess Leia. »
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