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The folks over at Latino Review, a respected and well-known source for breaking news and pretty much getting it spot on, are suggesting Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in final negotiations to lead director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor is best known for roles in Bend In Like Beckham, From Paris With Love and seductive period costume drama series The Tudors, but has previously worked with Abrams on action sequel Mission: Impossible III.
There is still no word on what role he’ll take but it’s expected he’ll join up with the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the space saga slated for summer 2015 from a screenplay from Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.
- Craig Hunter
Up until now, the Star Wars: Episode VII rumour mill has largely concerned itself with the will-they / won’t-they saga of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, with wider casting whispers having proved few and far between. However, that’s all changed this morning with Latino Review reporting that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to join the first episode of the new trilogy. No details have been released as to who Meyers might be playing, but the star does have previous with director J.J. Abrams, having appeared in a...
- George Wales
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
News 20 May 2013 - 06:01
The hit rate of Latino Review when it comes to sizeable exclusives remains good, even though one or two stories have been fervently denied of late (specifically regarding The Avengers 2). Time will tell if that hit rate remains as good, but anyway, we'd always suggest taking such big rumours (including this one) with a pinch of salt until there's a bit more meat on the bones. But its tentacles still appear to be better than ours.
Its latest report suggests that Jj Abrams is in Star Wars mode now, having safely delivered Star Trek Into Darkness into cinemas. And with that in mind, the first piece of new Star Wars: Episode VII casting information has potentially come to light.
It's widely expected that »
Disney is working to produce a film that will continue the story of where 1983′s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi left off. Production on the seventh film in the series will start next year in the UK. Episode VII is expected to hit theaters in 2015.
My right hand man El Mayimbe recently heard that a young man who has only been in one major franchise movie (in a co-starring role) was in talks to star in the new Star Wars film.
Now, my source has told me more information…
This is a name that has been thrown around a lot, especially since he has a relationship with J.J. Abrams. He appeared in Mission Impossible: III, directed by Abrams.
Sounds like he already has it. »
- Kellvin Chavez
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 »
Hollywood has no lack of famous Star Wars fans, but Simon Pegg has always been among the biggest, peppering his early work on Spaced and Shaun of the Dead with references to the original trilogy, and even going public with his story about confessing his Princess Leia crush to Carrie Fisher. So when Pegg was cast as Montgomery Scott, the engineer on the Starship Enterprise, in 2009's Star Trek, it seemed like an awkward place for a Star Wars nut to boldly go. As it turned out, it was just a preview of another, odder twist a few years down the road. Pegg swears he doesn't know what Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams is planning for Star Wars Episode VII, and he's even suggested that his role as Scotty takes him out of contention for a part in the Star Wars universe (I suspect he'll make his »
With a 2015 release date pencilled into the calendar, all eyes are soon going to be turning to Star Wars Episode VII’s production. The film instantly became one of the most talked-about projects when it was announced that Disney were buying Lucasfilm last year, and launching a long-discussed new trilogy.
After a search, filled with rumours from the likes of Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams officially took the job to direct the upcoming blockbuster back in January. And now Lucasfilm are announcing that Abrams and co. will be heading to our shores to shoot Star Wars Episode VII, following in the footsteps of the past six films.
All of its predecessors have been at least partly filmed here in the UK, shooting in the likes of Pinewood, Leavesden, Elstree, Shepperton, and Ealing Studios. And now Episode VII will be the latest in the franchise to do the same. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Lucasfilm has confirmed that Star Wars Episode VII will be produced in the United Kingdom.
The confirmation follows a report by the BBC that suggested Chancellor George Osborne met with Lucasfilm executives in early 2013 to discuss the possibility of shooting in the U.K. Those meetings must have gone well as Lucasfilm, now owned by Disney, has made its choice.
The Star Wars franchise has roots in the U.K. dating back to A New Hope. Portions of all six previous live-action films have been filmed in the U.K in the Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios. At this time there is no indication that the production will utilize other countries or studios.
Michael Arndt has been working on the Star Wars Episode VII screenplay since last year. J.J. Abrams is already on board to direct and recently shifted his focus entirely to the film now that Star Trek Into Darkness »
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."
Now that J.J. Abrams is finishing up promotional duties on Star Trek Into Darkness, the filmmaker can start to turn his full attention towards Star Wars: Episode VII, and with the first instalment of Disney's Sequel Trilogy gearing up to go into production soon ahead of its release in 2015, Lucasfilm has announced that the latest chapter of the epic space opera will follow in the footsteps of its six predecessors by heading to the UK for its shoot.
"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," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, on StarWars.com. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun »
- Flickering Myth
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 heroes of the original “Star Wars” trilogy have been dropping hints left and right about their reported -– and still unconfirmed –- involvement in J.J. Abrams's upcoming “Episode VII,” and Mark Hamill has been one of the most vocal. The actor behind Luke Skywalker fielded audience questions at the recent CapeTown Film Festival, discussing his experience filming the original series, his disagreement with fans' negative reactions to the prequels, and how special effects might be integrated into the new movies. “We've got to find a proper balance between CGI and old-school models,” Hamill told the crowd. “I want to have a more organic look so that we don't get into 'Roger Rabbit' territory.” Hamill probably won't have much of a say in the effects process -– and again, Disney has yet to make an official announcement about him, Carrie Fisher, or Harrison Ford joining the cast -– but »
- Katie Roberts
The British actor - who has worked under Abrams in a number of projects - stated that the director will bring the series up-to-date in the same way he has with the two Star Trek films.
Pegg told Total Film: "What will he bring to the franchise? Everything that was missing from the last three.
"And I think if anyone can pull [Star Wars] out of the mire, it's Jj. He'll bring the fun back. Lucas seemed to misread what made the first ones great, »
The actor, who has signed on to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in Jj Abrams's Episode VII, explained that he wants to keep fans' memories of the original series sacred.
"But the other side of me, the adventurous side, thinks, 'If everyone's in, how could I miss this?'"
He went on to praise screenwriter Michael Arndt, expressing faith in his ability to write a script that "doesn't make everyone want to find us, cut off our heads and throw it right in our faces".
Much of the talk surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII has revolved around the potential returns of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, although none of that trio have been officially confirmed as yet. However, Hamill has revealed that he has had several meeting with both George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, and while stopping short of confirming his involvement, he has said that Fisher is definitely on board. “Part of me is cautious,” confides Hamill, “saying ‘let well enough alone, let everyone keep their nice memories if...
- George Wales
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 »
As part of this weekend's celebration of “Star Wars Day”, a special screening of Return of the Jedi was hosted in Los Angeles by Entertainment Weekly, followed by a surprise Q&A with Mark Hamill. As one can imagine, a great deal of the conversation revolved around the new trilogy and director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. All signs have pointed to Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford all appearing in Episode VII in some capacity, and during the Q&A Hamill talked about the meeting he and Fisher had with George Lucas in which Lucas first told them about the new movies. He also confirmed that he’s had one meeting with Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy about Abrams’ film, and talked about what he hopes to see in the new films. Hit the jump for much, much more. During the Q&A at EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, »
- Adam Chitwood
This past weekend at Entertainment Weekly's inaugural CapeTown Film Festival, the audience got a special treat before the screening of the 1997 Special Edition (no ghost Hayden Christensen) of "Return of the Jedi." Mark Hamill made a surprise appearance after the screening.
During a talk with the audience, Hamill once again openly talked about his involvement with the new trilogy of films, but this time, as Ain't It Cool News' Quint reports, he shared some details with his creative meeting with Lucasfilm head Katherine Kennedy.
Hamill told Kennedy that he hoped a new trilogy of films would move back towards practical effects, using more real-life props and sets. Kennedy allegedly said that this was something they were already discussing and mentioned "Jurassic Park" as a model for the balance between practical and digital effects.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
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