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Beer and parties are two of the things in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Yes, for real. There’s also Episode VII speculation and all of the following: Star Trek star Brent Spiner has joined Star Wars Rebels. Read a rumor of how performance capture is being used in Star Wars Episode VII. Footage from the cancelled […]
- Germain Lussier
Thanks to fan site Making Star Wars, we’ve got a pair of new set photos from Star Wars: Episode VII, which – if you squint and look very, very closely – just about shows the white blur of an Imperial Stormtrooper. Take a look at the images, followed by a scene description below…
Some images are from the lot where they seem to be dumping a lot of trees, vines and rocks which I believe must be props, the other 4 are from the area around the blue screens, the castle/megaliths/ruins…and a Stormtrooper, well, just about.
Unfortunately they’re not quite as vivid as we’d have liked, but with a bit of zooming you should definitely be able to make out the Stormtrooper. There were 4 I think in this area, running through the explosions, I think I remember another 4 or so coming from the opposite direction, but that was not all… »
- Gary Collinson
A group of Bothan spies have pulled off an incredible job, retrieving some truly beautiful new concept artwork from Star Wars: Episode VII that proves a lot of the recent rumors to be true while giving us a good look at some of the character designs, specifically the main villain and Daisy Ridley, along with a look at her rumored home and some of the vehicles that will be utilized throughout this epic space adventure. This latest art also gives us a good look at some of the aliens and ideas being put on display in December 2015.
Suffice it to say, this story contains some Major Spoilers so tread carefully. This is a pretty big reveal, and J.J. Abrams is probably on the hunt to have someone fired today. A source from Star Wars Underworld's claims that these images are legit, and they do line up with a lot of »
This weekend saw the winter edition of London Film and Comic Con. Guests at the event included Carrie Fisher, Ralph Macchio, Katee Sackhoff and Billy Boyd. Fans flocked in their droves to meet their heroes but for us the true heroes of the show were those that had dressed up for the occasion. The Cosplayers were out in force over the weekend, hours of painstaking hard work, blood, sweat and tears were pumped into some truly magnificent pieces. Here is a round-up of some of our favourites:
The authenticity on these costumes is ridiculous, so good in fact that we’re not 100% sure they weren’t real. These fans are clearly showing their allegiance to the original Planet Of The Apes films, sorry Andy. »
- Kat Smith
Star Wars: Episode VII is around three weeks off completing filming.
The Guardian reported that producer Kathleen Kennedy has revealed the film's progress.
She also added that she is "thrilled" to be returning the film series to London with Jj Abrams in the director's chair.
She said: "This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London. It goes back to 1976.
"To know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood and now we're looking to put together Ilm London, it's rather remarkable that this has come together in less than two years."
It comes as Warwick Davis has revealed that he will be returning to the franchise.
Industrial Light & Magic, the in-house effects company established by George Lucas in 1975, is still one of the leading forces in the industry and is responsible for working on some of the biggest movies over the past five decades. They are currently working on director Joss Whedon's superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron and will begin working on Star Wars: Episode VII in just a few short weeks as principal photography wraps on J.J. Abrams sci-fi epic. Both movies are expected to push boundaries and break new ground at Ilm.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm means Ilm will be working on more Disney movies, including all of those Marvel sequels and spin-offs that are planned throughout the rest of this decade. To celebrate, and for work purposes, the company has launched a new studio in London, and held a grand opening this past week. President Lynwen Brennan was there to speak with IGN, »
With confirmed guests including Katee Sackhoff, Lance Guest, Alan Ruck, Carrie Fisher, James O’Barr, Billy Boyd, Colin Salmon, Arianna Richards, and original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio, it’s no wonder that you’ll be spending this weekend at Winter London Film and Comic Con (Wlfcc). You’ve made the decision to attend but you’re not really sure what to expect. Firstly, congratulations, you are about to enjoy an exceptionally busy weekend full of meeting your idols. Secondly we at Thn like to think of ourselves as seasoned pros, and have very kindly decided to help those con-virgins out there by compiling a helpful how-to-survive guide.
First things first – plan ahead! Getting some guest’s autographs at Wlfcc can become something of a military operation, so make sure to do your research. Write a list before the event, of all people you want to meet, then prioritise them. Busy »
- Kat Smith
The English actor confirmed his return to a galaxy far, far away this afternoon in a video posted to the official Star Wars YouTube channel. Warwick Davis has played multiple roles in George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise, including Wicket the Ewok in Return Of The Jedi and gambler Weazel and Anakin’s pal Wald in The Phantom Menace. (He even doubled for the Frank Oz-voiced Yoda and cameo’ed as a Tatooine street trader in Episode I.)
Davis’s role in Episode VII has yet to be revealed, but production is underway in the UK with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson starring for J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 8, 2015.
- Jen Yamato
A “Star Wars” mainstay is returning to the fold. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity (Photos) Warwick Davis, who played the ewok Wickett in “Return of the Jedi” and dual roles of Weazel and Wald in “The Phantom Menace,” confirmed that he will have a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Davis broke the news via a video uploaded to the official Star Wars YouTube account. It's unclear what role(s) Davis might play this time, though aside from Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, it's unclear who any of the cast members are playing. The new trilogy is. »
- Linda Ge
If you weren’t already over the moon about the casting line-up for Star Wars: Episode VII, then you might be excited to hear that Warwick Davis is set to return to a galaxy far, far away. The franchise stalwart has officially signed on to J.J. Abrams’ anticipated first instalment of the new trilogy.
Davis will be recognisable to the Star Wars fan community as he appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle For Endor as much-loved ewok, Wicket. That’s not to say he’ll be reprising that role for the new movie. Lest we forget, he also cropped up in the prequel trilogy. In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, he took on two brief roles; one as Anakin’s childhood friend Wald, and the other as arms dealer Weazel.
The actor made his announcement »
- Gem Seddon
With a number of other iconic actors and actresses already set to reappear, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, the return of Davis is sure to spark even more excitement around the Star Wars community.
The news has come directly from the Star Wars YouTube Channel and you can watch the amusing video announcement below…
- Alfie Nobes
Warwick Davis has been joking about returning to the Star Wars universe for "Episode VII" for quite a while now during interviews and at various fan conventions etc -- but as it turns out, he really is on board. Davis played Wicket in Return of the Jedi, and then again in that dreadful Ewok spin-off movie, and also appeared in The Phantom Menace in a variety of roles. We don't know who he'll be playing in Episode VII yet, but chances are he's either already shot his scenes or is going to very soon, because Producer Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that production will wrap in about 3 weeks or so. Could the Ewoks be back to terrorize those poor Stormtroopers? I's say it's unlikely, but I guess you never know....they weren't as universally despised as Jar Jar after all! Star Wars: Episode VII stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, »
With the overabundance of Star Wars: Episode VII leaks and rumors floating around, it is so incredibly refreshing to get a legit bit of news straight from the official Star Wars YouTube page, and via an especially amusing video nonetheless. Hit the jump to catch the must-see video announcing that Warwick Davis will return to the Star Wars film franchise for Episode VII. The movie hits theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis and Gwendoline Christie. Davis is the guy who portrayed Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi and he also appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace as Wald, the Rodian member of Anakin’s podracing pit team, Weazel, a Tatooine weapons dealer, and as Yoda in select scenes. What »
- Perri Nemiroff
Earlier today, we reported that there are just three weeks left of shooting on Star Wars: Episode VII, but it's never too late to add new cast members, with fan favorite Warwick Davis confirmed to appear in this highly-anticipated sequel.
LucasFilm released a humorous video today, which "flashes back" to Warwick Davis' interview with Star Wars: Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy, where he asked if he may have a role in this new adventure, before we see the actor taking a call from director J.J. Abrams today.
What remains unclear is exactly what role Warwick Davis may have in Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor made his feature film debut as the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and he also played Weazel and Wald in the first prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
We reported last month that part »
The actor, whose role has not yet been confirmed, announced the news in a video posted on Facebook and Twitter.
I've been waiting over a year for this phone call… http://t.co/tZ7pSpFm2V #Jj
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) October 16, 2014 In the clip, we see Davis back in July 2013, pleased with the news of more Star Wars films being made and waiting patiently for a call to pull on his Ewok costume again.
Over a year passes before his phone rings with an offer of a role from director Jj Abrams - despite executive producer Kathleen Kennedy previously telling him his name "crops up daily" in cast discussions.
The tongue-in-cheek announcement comes after the actor actively campaigned for the role, even visiting the set at Pinewood Studios.
The 44-year-old played Ewok Wicket in Star Wars »
It’s a question that has been on many a fan’s mind. Well, several. Well, mostly Warwick’s to be honest: will the man who played Wicket in Return Of The Jedi and the Ewok spin-off films before appearing in The Phantom Menace in a variety of roles show up in Star Wars: Episode VII? Now, thanks to Mr. Davis himself, we know the answer via his Twitter feed and a new video.Of course, we don’t yet know who or what he’ll be playing in the new film – the video doesn’t specify and J.J. Abrams would probably lock him in the Nockmaar dungeons if he did – but it feels like the director is continuing to pay homage to the original trilogy, with lots of practical effects and, of course, a batch of Davis’ old castmates including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. »
With Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and that guy who plays Chewbacca all returning for "Star Wars: Episode 7," yet another franchise veteran has joined the film's cast. Warwick Davis, perhaps best known for playing Wicket in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," "The Ewok Adventure" and "Ewoks: The Battle For Endor" has announced he's joined the gang for 'Episode 7.' Of course, his role isn't being disclosed and one shouldn't immediately assume he's reprising his turn as Wicket. He did make a brief appearance in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" as Wald, the childhood friend of Anakin Skywalker who helped build his podracer. So hey, maybe we'll see that character back in the movie for some reason. But given the way the nostalgia winds are blowing so far, we would not be entirely shocked if Wicket for whatever reason reappears. Why? Well, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
LucasFilm head and Star Wars: Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy attended the grand opening of Industrial Light and Magic's new London facility, where post-production work will take place for the highly-anticipated sequel. The producer revealed at the opening that there are just three weeks left of shooting on Star Wars: Episode VII. Here's what she had to say during yesterday's event.
"(It's) quite remarkable standing here within three weeks of finishing filming on Star Wars: Episode VII. This studio continues a long tradition of Stars Wars films being made in London, it goes back to 1976. I think Stars Wars aspires to technical excellence and that's what brings Ilm to London today as this explosion of creativity inside the UK has been quite remarkable."
Industrial Light and Magic just celebrated the opening of its very first studio in the UK in preparation for post-production on Star Wars: Episode VII and during the event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy offered a brief status update on the production. Apparently there’s only three more weeks left of shooting and from there, the new Ilm location will begin working on visual and special effects for the film. Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie and more. Hit the jump for more on how the revival of the film franchise led to the opening of Ilm London. As reported by Digital Spy, Ilm wanted to open up in the UK for some time, but there was no guaranteed financial stability. The new Star Wars films, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Among the attendees for the unveiling were Ilm President and General Manager Lynwen Brennan; Chancellor George Osborne; Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Edward Vaizey; and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Brennan revealed that Ilm "faced a chicken and egg situation" in wanting to bring the pioneering VFX firm to London but not being able to guarantee financial stability.
"At least six Star Wars »
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