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Kate Mara Up For Lead Female Role in Star Wars Spinoff Film

22 January 2015 7:27 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Yesterday we learned that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) are up for the female lead in the standalone Star Wars spinoff film being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Looks like there's going to be a little sibling rivalry, because according to Justin Kroll of Variety, Rooney's sister Kate Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four) is also testing for the role.

Twitter scoop following @Borys_Kit Star Wars testing story from yesterday, hearing the fourth girl who tested is Rooney's sister, Kate Mara

— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 21, 2015

Unfortunately, we have absolutely no idea who she will be playing. We can't even really speculate because we don't even know what the story for the film will even be about. All we know for sure is that it will take place in the Star Wars universe. 

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- Joey Paur

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Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, and Felicity Jones Auditioning For Star Wars Spin-Off

21 January 2015 9:55 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Just last week, writer Gary Whitta completed his draft of Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' upcoming Star Wars spin-off film and left the project to pursue other work. Now casting for the film is revving up, and THR reports that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake headliner Rooney Mara are auditioning for the female lead. Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything) is also supposedly on the studio's "want list," but there could be a scheduling conflict with Ron Howard's Da Vinci Code sequel, Inferno, which is shooting this spring and summer. The untitled Star Wars project would presumably need to get rolling about that same time, considering it already has a release date of December 16th, 2016.

The report says that Maslany is currently testing for the role, while Mara and "a handful of others" will audition this week. Both »

- Ben Pearson

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Disney Tossed Out George Lucas' Ideas for 'Star Wars 7'

20 January 2015 3:18 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As anticipation continues to grow for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, original Star Wars creator George Lucas revealed earlier this month that he had started to develop a new trilogy just before selling LucasFilm to Disney. It was believed that Disney may have used some of George's ideas while developing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but, in a new interview with CinemaBlend, the filmmaker claims that isn't true, and that Disney got rid of all his ideas.

"The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]"

Last week, George Lucas revealed that he had finally seen the teaser trailer, and that he was impressed with the first footage. He also claimed that he "has no idea what they're doing" with the movie. »

- MovieWeb

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George Lucas shares his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, says Disney scrapped his ideas for the Sequel Trilogy

20 January 2015 12:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having retired from the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas has previously stated that he was yet to watch the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, he has now revealed that he caught the trailer while attending the cinema, telling Page Six: “I saw the trailer. I saw it in a theater because I don’t watch movies online.” When asked if he liked it, he smiled. “Yeah, it was intriguing.”

Meanwhile, Lucas also spoke to Cinema Blend about his initial vision for the Sequel Trilogy (you may recall that Michael Arndt had written treatments for the three films when Lucas was still in charge of the Saga, with J.J. Abrams subsequently rewriting Episode VII’s script with Lawrence Kasdan, and reportedly shifting the focus from new characters to the old guard):

“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that »

- Thomas Roach

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For Better or Worse, Disney Rejected George Lucas’s Ideas for the New Star Wars Movies

20 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here’s a difficult revelation for those of us who grew up trusting in George Lucas, regardless of what we think of the Star Wars prequels: the franchise’s creator had ideas plotted out for Episode VII and beyond, but Disney scrapped them all for their upcoming trilogy. In an interview with Cinema Blend to promote Strange Magic, Lucas states that he sold the sequel outlines along with Lucasfilm and the rights to all things Star Wars, and “[Disney] came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own.” On the one hand, maybe they were bad, as in focused on trade agreements or something similarly convoluted. But on the other hand, Lucas devised the Star Wars universe to such an amazing degree back in the beginning that there’s never been anything comparable in terms of movie world-building. Disney already scrapped the expanded universe, and »

- Christopher Campbell

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George Lucas Says His Treatments Aren't Being Used For The New 'Star Wars' Films

20 January 2015 11:41 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“What we’re buying, along with the overall company, is a pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies. The trilogy,” Disney CFO Jay Rasulo announced in the fall of 2012 when the mouse house purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion and some change. And for a while, the notion was that George Lucas' vision for the next three chapters of the universe he birthed would form the foundation that the team assembled for the movies would work from. But as time has passed, there has been less and less mention of those treatments, and indeed some rumors of fallout over the direction of the new trilogy. Slashfilm notes chatter that original 'The Force Awakens' scribe Michael Arndt was more in line with Lucas, who wanted the new movie to focus on the younger, new characters, while Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams were eager to put Luke, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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None of George Lucas' Ideas Were Used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

20 January 2015 11:23 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Art by darthtemoc

We know that George Lucas was developing a new trilogy of Star Wars films before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. I've been curious to know how much of the story he was developing made it into J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens - and now we know.

Early on in the development process, Lucas gave his story notes and outlines to screenwriter Michael Arndt, who was the first screenwriter to work on the project. When Abrams came on board as director, Abrams wasn't on board with Arndt's vision, so he took over the writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan.

In an interview with CimemaBlend, Lucas was asked about his original idea for Episode VII, and this was his response:

"The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. »

- Joey Paur

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New Concept Art From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

20 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There's some new concept art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring Max von Sydow, which you can see below. Seems the images are from pre-production.

In addition to von Sydow, the film also stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Domhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels and Daisy Ridley

J.J. Abrams is directing from a script he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres December 18, 2015. 

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- Philip Sticco

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Disney did not use George Lucas' story treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII

20 January 2015 7:02 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

George Lucas decided not to direct Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and let Disney do their thing with his outline for a third trilogy in the saga of the Skywalker clan. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm a couple of years ago, that included the script treatment for three films that Lucas had prepared for them. Now, it turns out that treatment is not being used at all for the J.J. Abrams/Lawrence Kasdan scripted sequel. Doing press for the upcoming Strange Magic, Lucas told Cinema »

- Alex Maidy

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George Lucas Has No Idea What 'Star Wars 7' Is About

16 January 2015 12:17 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, George Lucas revealed that he originally intended to make Star Wars Episode VII before selling LucasFilm to Disney for $4 billion back in 2012. While it was always assumed that he had plans for the next three chapters in the Skywalker family story, it has become quite clear that he hasn't had much input on the new sequels. Out promoting his latest project Strange Magic, an animated fantasy adventure he created, he reveals that he knows nothing at all about the story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Asked back in early December if he'd seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer yet, he revealed he hadn't. And he seemed rather aloof about the whole thing. Asked if he had any interested at all in the new trilogy, he stated, 'Not really.' Now, in an interview with Screen Rant, he says he has seen the trailer, »

- MovieWeb

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'Groundhog Day's' Harold Ramis to receive WGA Awards lifetime achievement award

13 January 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Harold Ramis, the man behind "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," passed away last February at the age of 69. Like many, the Writers Guild of America hasn't forgotten the impact he made over a 38-year career. The organization announced Tuesday that they will honor the writer/director/actor with the WGA's 2015 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony next month. Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and family will accept the award on his behalf. In a release, WGAw Vice President Howard A. Rodman noted, "Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with 'National Lampoon' and 'Sctv' through 'Animal House,' 'Meatballs,' 'Caddyshack' and 'Ghostbusters,' Ramis' voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Harold Ramis Honored by Writers Guild with Screen Laurel Award

13 January 2015 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Harold Ramis as the recipient of its Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement.

The award will be presented at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14, with Erica Mann Ramis and family accepting.

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy,” said WGA West VP Howard A. Rodman. “His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through ‘Animal House,’ ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.”

“His unrealized projects – an adaptation of ‘Confederacy of Dunces,’ a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled,” Rodman added. “And then there’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ one of modern cinema’s few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute, »

- Dave McNary

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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award

13 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis  passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with »

- Denise Petski

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Kinberg Takes Over "Star Wars" Script?

12 January 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

News came last week that scribe Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli") was no longer involved in director Gareth Edwards' upcoming "Star Wars" spin-off film.

Whitta penned the first drafts of the screenplay, and now a new writer is expected to come in and work with Edwards to re-write and polish it - much like the way Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams took over from Michael Arndt on the script for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

So who's replacing him? It is not yet confirmed but today came a report on Slashfilm which suggests that Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Sherlock Holmes," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") will take over.

Kinberg would be an understandable choice, he's already heavily involved in the "Star Wars" universe as he created and serves as executive producer on Disney's "Star Wars: Rebels" cartoon. He also served as a consultant on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »

- Garth Franklin

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Book Of Eli Scribe Gary Whitta Departs Disney’s Star Wars Spinoff Movie

12 January 2015 8:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Much like their episodic next of kin, Disney has ensured that the Star Wars spinoff movies have remained cloaked in secrecy since their announcement. From what we understand, the studio intends to release a series of origin movies intermittently between the new-fangled trilogy, with rumors indicating that these standalone flicks will focus on the likes of Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda.

And though it remains unconfirmed, the latter character will purportedly act as the crux of Gareth Edwards’ spinoff film, which has The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta on board to write the script; until yesterday, that is, after The Hollywood Reporter learned that the screenwriter has left the as-yet-untitled Star Wars film to pursue a new project.

“The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan »

- Michael Briers

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Whitta Leaves 'Star Wars' Spinoff After Turning In First Draft

12 January 2015 8:53 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Maybe Michael De Luca from Columbia Pictures isn't the only person that thinks Gary Whitta "blows." 

A few weeks after an infamous e-mail was leaked from the Sony Hacking scandal, where the Columbia President of Production said "except Whitta whom I think blows," it looks like the writer and LucasFilm are parting ways. Whitta apparently turned in a first draft of the standalone Star Wars spinoff he wrote for Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), and that was the end of that.

The break-up appears to be amicable, with both sides expressing gratitude for the opportunity, but it stands to reason that if LucasFilm loved what they saw that Whitta wouldn't be going anywhere. They likely responded with a bunch of notes and critiques, or told him they'd be bringing in other writers to rewrite his work, and that was enough for him to walk off.

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- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Gareth Edwards 'Star Wars' Spinoff Needs a New Writer

9 January 2015 6:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Screenwriter Gary Whitta is parting ways with the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, after recently completing his first draft of the screenplay. The writer had been working with director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) on the project, but now he is moving on, as the spinoff goes in search of a new writer. Here's what Gareth Edwards had to say in a statement about Gary Whitta's contributions to the project.

"Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously. I'm so grateful for all of his contributions."

Gary Whitta also offered his own statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I'm deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. »

- MovieWeb

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"Star Wars" Spin-Off Loses Its Scribe

9 January 2015 3:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Gary Whitta is no longer writing the first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film. Whitta and the film's director Gareth Edwards completed a first draft of the film, but Whitta has now reportedly left and moved onto his next project.

In a statement, Edwards says: "Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously. I'm so grateful for all of his contributions."

Whitta adds: "The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing."

That next project Whitta is working on is unclear at the moment, but he has been linked to Fox's adaptation of Mark Millar sci-fi »

- Garth Franklin

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Gary Whitta no longer writing Star Wars standalone movie

9 January 2015 12:51 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

There has been yet another shake up in the land of Star Wars films. You may recall back in the fall of 2013 we told you that Michael Arndt, who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a year, exited over creative differences and J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan came on to make major rewrites. This time around it's Gary Whitta leaving the first Star Wars spinoff movie which he and the director of the project, Gareth Edwards, have been working on for a year. There doesn't »

- Graham McMorrow

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Jj Abrams: 'Making Star Wars The Force Awakens was intense, terrifying'

8 January 2015 4:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jj Abrams has said that making Star Wars: The Force Awakens was "an intense and terrifying prospect".

The filmmaker, who also co-wrote the series' seventh instalment with Lawrence Kasdan, revealed that the chance to revive Star Wars outweighed any misgivings he had about taking on the directorial reins.

"It's [the] opportunity I think that's greater than the fear." Abrams told MTV of working on Star Wars. "Greater than the risk, and so I'm more excited about the work that everyone has done on the movie and this incredible cast."

He continued: "It was an amazing experience making this movie for everyone. There was a sort of weird buzz in the air when we were making this movie, but we were all just aware of how hard we had to work to make it something worthy of people's time."

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