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Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird recently opened up about the prospect of directing a sequel to his 2004 animated hit The Incredibles. While he addressed the possibility of a follow-up back in December 2011, the filmmaker seems more keen on making the sequel now.
"I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get 'em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that. I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I'm looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I'm comfortable »
Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."
Lucasfilm has recently registered a number of new Internet domain names that may hint or completely reveal titles of upcoming Star Wars standalone movies and/or TV shows.
When first discovered, it was believed that these could be Video Game titles, but as Lucasfilm recently teamed up with EA, and these titles did not come from EA, that is highly unlikely at this point (but still possible). All of these domains lead back to the official Star Wars website.
It is known that ideas for TV shows and future movies were already developed before Disney bought Lucasfilm in late 2012. Is it possible that we will see a Jar Jar Binks standalone movie called Gugan Frontier (also the name of a PC game that came out way back in 1999 for the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace)? Is there going to be a Cops-like animated series called Wookie Hunters. »
The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts Inc. today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
"This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come. Collaborating with one of the world's premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world."
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau also released the following statement. »
When Disney announced last October that Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in 2015, many wondered when production will actually begin. Producer Bryan Burk revealed during an interview for Star Trek Into Darkness, that shooting is on track to start sometime next year.
"We're progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different."
When asked if he was surprised at the level of interest in the franchise after so many years, the producer revealed »
New York, May 5: 'Star Wars' fans celebrated their holiest day on their calendar on Saturday, better known as "May the Fourth Be With You."
For the first time in years, there was extra reason for all of those aspiring Jedi to celebrate after last October's blockbuster announcement that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars in cash and stock and immediately put an 'Episode VII' into production.
"I read about it daily, I stare at the phone with the orange dot, waiting, hoping for it to the ring," actor Anthony Daniels, better known to three generations of fans as C3PO, told the New York Daily News.
- Meeta Kabra
In celebration of 'May the 4th Be With You', known globally as Star Wars Day, SkyMovies has released a special video conversation between director J.J. Abrams and one of his Star Trek Into Darkness stars, Simon Pegg. With J.J. set to helm Star Wars: Episode VII, the critically acclaimed Star Trek reboot director and the Enterprise's Scotty spoke exclusively about whether Abrams can really reboot another franchise to such success.
Watch as the two self-proclaimed movie geeks 'geek out' over Star Wars: Episode VII and the world of George Lucas.
We still have more than two years to go before J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters. To help pass the time, three elementary school kids from Encino Charter Elementary in Encino, California (and a few adults) made their own version of this highly-anticipated sequel entitled Star Wars: Episode VII: Return of the Junior Jedi that is well worth a look-see. Watch as these inventive kids create their own unique light saber duels, sock puppets, and much more, then check out a description of how this video came to be.
"With fresh excitement over the making of a new Star Wars movie, three children (and some, ahem, adults) set out to make a trailer for a possible Episode 7. Shooting in beautiful Los Angeles including famous Vasquez Rocks and supplementing with VFX and sounds inspired by Star Wars, this short teaser asks the question what a galaxy far, »
With Star Trek Into Darkness hitting theaters in just a few weeks, director J.J. Abrams has been making the press rounds, where the talk naturally gravitates towards Star Wars: Episode VII. The filmmaker revealed that he initially said no to directing the sci-fi sequel because he didn't want to be seen strictly as a director who only reboots franchises.
"It was one of the main reasons I initially said no to Star Wars. I thought, 'I can't be that guy.'"
However, it didn't take long for the director to realize this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"There's a story that we are working on that's a small comedy drama, that I assumed would be the next movie I was going to direct. And then Star Wars came along. It was one of those things where Star Wars felt like one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that forced me »
Director J.J. Abrams revealed that legendary composer John Williams will likely be providing the score for his highly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII. Here's what the filmmaker had to say at a Berlin press conference for his latest film, Star Trek Into Darkness, earlier today.
We reported in February that John Williams expressed his interest in working on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams regularly uses composer Michael Giacchino for the music in his movies, including Star Trek Into Darkness. Michael Giacchino is said to be in full approval of John Williams working on the score for Star Wars: Episode VII.
In related news, George Lucas' special effects house Industrial Light and Magic is considering opening a London »
What’s going on in galaxy far, far away? We simply don’t know. Will Harrison Ford reprise his role as Han Solo, everyone’s favorite smuggler? Are Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher set to return as siblings Luke and Leia Skywalker, respectively? How about Anthony Daniels as C3P0 and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca? It’s been said that Samuel L. Jackson wants to portray Mace Windu once again (although we sincerely beg him not to). We don’t even know what Michael Arndt and J.J. Abrams’ story treatment will be like. What characters he plans to include, when the story will be set and who the main villain will be in Star Wars: Episode VII are all unanswered enigmas. Nevertheless, producer Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke to ScreenSlam (via The Playlist) about the much-hyped film, and said:
“If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not »
- Paulo Lazo
Apparently, Carrie Fisher didn't get the same memo Harrison Ford did about not talking about Star Wars: Episode VII. She's still talking about it and seems to be very happy to be reprising her role as Princess Leia. During the Calgary Comic Expo this weekend the actress confirmed once again that she would be in the movie, and had this to say about it,
I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before. I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I'm really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.
So I guess the next time we see Fisher and Hamill back up on the big screen, they're going to be in decent shape. »
- Joey Paur
Kathleen Kennedy's 'no secrets' policy regarding Star Wars: Episode VII is in effect. Carrie Fisher visited the Calgary Comic Expo this weekend and once again 'officially' confirmed that she will be reprising her role as Princess Leia in J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi sequel.
But that's not all. She also revealed that Disney is sending a personal trainer to her house, so that she can get in top shape for the role.
"I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before. I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I'm really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything."
She also talked about kissing Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the original trilogy. »
"I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before," she said.
"I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I'm really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything."
Reflecting on the experience of making the original Star Wars films in the '70s and '80s, Fisher named her final confrontation with Jabba the Hutt as one of her favourite scenes to film.
"I always get his name mixed up with other boyfriends, »
Star Wars: Episode VII producer and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed in a recent interview that the production of this highly-anticipated sequel may not be as secretive as once imagined. Here's what the producer had to say, revealing she wants to "embrace" the fans' insatiable appetite for all things Star Wars.
"We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we're shooting anything outside, it's almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they're important to the process and acknowledge there are things you're gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that's something we're going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about. »
In promotion mode for Star Trek Into Darkness, director J.J. Abrams sat down with Playboy to talk about the sequel, and of course his next big sci-fi project, Star Wars: Episode VII. While the interview is quite lengthy, don't expect the master of secrets to have spilled any big revelations about either franchise. The biggest piece of news to come out of this chat is the fact that he's still considering directing Star Trek 3, which Paramount would like to get into theaters by 2016.
" No. I would say [directing Star Trek 3] it's a possibility. We're trying to figure out the next step. But it's like anything: It all begins with the story."
Patton Oswalt's hilarious eight-minute improvised scene from tonight's Parks and Recreation episode, "Article Two", has inspired an epic Star Wars: Episode VII/Marvel's The Avengers mash-up poster. Entertainment Weekly's Jef Castro designed this poster that includes all of the elements the comedian mentioned in his "pitch" for Star Wars: Episode VII, which included Marvel's The Avengers heroes and many more from the Marvel universe. Check out the poster, then watch the video for this fanboy-friendly idea that includes a decapitated Chewbacca, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Boba Fett and Clash of the Titans
Harrison Ford showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to promote his latest movie 42. But all anyone wanted to know was if the actor is confirmed to return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII. Jimmy Kimmel asked the audience to refrain from asking any further Star Wars questions during a short Q&A, and the many fans in attendance complied...Until an old friend showed up and asked the wrong question. Watch as a reunion between two beloved sci-fi icons turns into a heated feud that finds Harrison Ford ejecting himself from the show in an angry fit of rage.
Han Solo and Chewbacca Reunite on Jimmy Kimmel Live
While at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this morning, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced that a new Star Wars movie will be released every summer for the foreseeable future starting with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set to launch a new trilogy that will be a continuation of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, with fan favorite characters Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia all expected to return. This trilogy will alternate every summer with the previously reported standalone films, the first of which will be released in 2016.
While an Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off and an Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off have been rumored to be in the works, no official standalone title has been announced. It is also expected that Yoda and Jabba the Hutt may get their own movies. While these films are being released in the summertime, »
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