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Production is scheduled to begin next month on Star Wars: Episode VII. With casting still in full swing, no one has been confirmed for this highly-anticipated sequel yet. Until that day comes, we only have the many casting rumors, the latest being that British actor Jack O'Connell is up for an unspecified role.
The actor has reportedly already met with director J.J. Abrams, and it is believed that the meeting went very well. It's also worth noting that the actors who have been previously rumored to be up for roles in the sequel all hail from England, including Saoirse Ronan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Smith, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Jason Flemyng.
Darth Vader has officially crossed over to the dark side: the sinister Sith lord helped usher the Star Wars franchise onto Instagram yesterday with a menacing, spine-shivering and slightly adorable selfie along with the message, "Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom."
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Disney’s announcement last fall that they had acquired Lucasfilm and all of its intellectual properties was coupled with the exciting revelation that the Star Wars saga would continue in summer 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams was tapped to direct the project which was since been slightly delayed to December 18th, 2015.
Abrams is currently re-working the Episode 7 script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) with the help of Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) while also hosting auditions for any and every actor you can think of. No official casting confirmations on the talent front have been made by Lucasilm or its parent company, but multiple reports put the big three (Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill) ...
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- Rob Keyes
The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. Let's get to it! Episode VII Movie News Summary The Hollywood Reporter got information on yet another character they are casting for: With the movie now being rewritten by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, sources say producers also are looking to fill a new role: a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium. MTV spoke with J.J. Abrams about "Episode VII." He discusses the moved »
It should go without saying that there’s a lot of pressure on J.J. Abrams these days. He’s been tasked with relaunching the Star Wars cinematic universe. His Star Wars: Episode VII is intended to be the first in a massive line of movies based on that galaxy far, far away. On October 24th, that pressure only intensified when it was announced that he and Lawrence Kasdan were effectively taking over writing duties from Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt. With a new script needing to be written, the word on the street was that Disney was adamant about keeping its projected “Summer 2015″ release for the project- despite the creative shake-up.
Many began to wonder if the film would be terribly rushed and undercooked heading into principal photography. Abrams, himself, was said to be hoping for a change in the release schedule and, weeks later, he got his wish. Disney »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In a recent interview with MTV, Abrams said Disney's self-imposed deadline just wasn't realistic for the film, and he was happy that the switch allowed the creative team more time to perfect the project.
"Before I even came onto the project, they were talking about 2015, and they made this announcement very early on, which I understand. ... [B]ut it didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively," Abrams told MTV. "So I think that it's a hugely important thing, that that [creative process] come first. And a release date's great, but you have to release something great."
That version of events jibes with recent reports that the production was concerned that it wouldn't finish the film in time. And it also gives »
- Katie Roberts
J.J. Abrams is deep in pre-production on Star Wars: Episode VII. The set are being built, actors are being cast, and Abrams is currently polishing up the script with Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan. In a recent interview with Total Film the director talks about working with Kasdan, saying,
“Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer."
Abrams then goes on to talk about shooting the film in London, and why he was hesitant to take on the project in the first place.
"It's something that I've always intended to do. But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine. »
- Joey Paur
While we await any official confirmation on Star Wars: Episode VII casting, a new report reveals producers are now seeking an actor in his 40s to play a military officer, a role which has been compared to Matt Damon's character in Elysium. This new character was added during the well-publicized rewrite of the screenplay by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
It's possible that this is the role Jason Flemyng was reading for, after the 47-year-old British actor confirmed his audition for the sequel last week.
The production, which is holding casting sessions in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, is also seeking female actors between 17 and 18 years of age to play a "tough cookie" character named Stacy, and male actors between 19 and 23 to play the funny and charismatic Thomas. Its highly unlikely that these are the actual names of the new characters.
Here's what U.K. casting agent »
"Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We’ve had such a lot of fun working together. He’s an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer.”
Abrams also spoke about his hesitancy to shoot the film in London:
"It's something that I've always intended to do. But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet, the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine.
Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of »
- Garth Franklin
News Glen Chapman 26 Nov 2013 - 06:50
Lawrence Kasdan is a great filmmaker in his own right, but still is perhaps best known for being the screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back. He is, of course, working with Jj Abrams on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and having the writer of the finest entry in the Star Wars series is a very good sign indeed.
Abrams has recently been chatting about working with Kasdan to Total Film of late, and he told them that "working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer".
High praise indeed. Abrams went on to »
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is still looking for its stars, and now, sources are saying there's a new juicy lead role up for grabs.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that producers are now looking for "a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in 'Elysium,'" based on potential changes to the script brought about by the recent screenwriter shakeup that saw original writer Michael Arndt depart the project and director J.J. Abrams and consultant Lawrence Kasdan take over script duties.
In addition to that new role, producers are still searching for the "tough-cookie girl in the 17- to 18-year-old range and a charismatic, funny guy from 19 to 23" roles that were previously rumored, THR writes.
U.K. casting agent Kate Bone previously told the BBC that filmmakers "don't want to leave any stone unturned," which has led to several open casting calls in the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Australia. »
- Katie Roberts
Following an open casting call announced earlier this month , J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII is, according to The Hollywood Reporter , now looking to fill the role of a military officer in his 40s that the trade likens to Matt Damon's role in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium . Abrams, meanwhile, today gives Total Film a brief update on the film's pre-production and expresses his delight at working alongside screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. .Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life," he says. "We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer." The new film will be directed by Abrams and is being scripted by Abrams and Kasdan, who previously wrote the franchise's »
In issue 214 of Total Film magazine, we catch up with Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, who gives us the inside scoop on his latest sci-fi extravaganza. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad, Abrams tells us about hiring Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to help him rework Michael Arndt's Episode VII script. “Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life," Abrams says. "We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular...
- Total Film
Open auditions for two roles in Star Wars Episode VII have been held in London and Dublin this weekend.
Disney producers are looking for undiscovered talent to fill two major roles for the upcoming instalment of the sci-fi series.
They are looking to cast a "beautiful, smart and athletic" 17 to 18-year-old woman to play Rachel and a "handsome, smart and athletic" 19 to 23-year-old man to play Thomas.
Thousands of hopefuls turned out to audition at London's Twickenham Stadium and Dublin's Croke Park over the weekend (November 23 and 24).
Open auditions in Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol were held earlier this month.
UK casting agent Kate Bone told the BBC: "We are doing this to find someone who might not have necessarily gone to drama school. They don't have to have acting experience - just the right look and then we can see if there's any talent there.
"We don't want to leave any stone unturned, »
J.J. Abrams is the creative mastermind behind Super 8, Star Trek and some of the biggest action epics of the past half decade. But having just received the International Emmy Founders Award, the superstar director told Variety that his television background continues to influence his work on the big screen.
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"One thing I’ve tried to do with the movies I make is to take a TV production approach to a sequence or a scene," Abrams said. "Rather than say, »
For a while there, the process of getting just basic (read: not really that spoilery) details on Star Wars: Episode VII from the people making was akin to extracting teeth from an ornery crocodile, who thinks it’s doing you a favor simply by not biting off your entire arm while you work. Thankfully, that’s changed a little bit over the past month, as we now know for certain that director J.J. Abrams is finishing the screenwriting process with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back), Disney/Lucasfilm will release the film in theaters by December 2015 and the beloved astromech droid R2-D2 is going to make an appearance.
- Sandy Schaefer
We know that casting is in full swing for Star Wars: Episode VII, but with a January production start looming, we still aren't any closer to finding out who is starring in this highly-anticipated adventure. Earlier today, British actor Jason Flemyng posted a photo to his Instagram account that features in illegible page from the actual screenplay. Take a look at the photo, along with his comments confirming that he is auditioning for an unspecified role.
"Pint of Stella and " Star Wars" script! That's me sorted till 5! Let me clarify!!! Audition!!!"
Back in late October, we reported that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are taking over the screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt. It isn't known if the new writers have completed a draft yet, or if actors are auditioning from Michael Arndt's initial draft.
Do you trust Samuel L. Jackson? The actor appeared on David Letterman last night and during the now regular grilling concerning the Star Wars franchise, Jackson revealed that he spoke to Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, who told him that J.J. Abrams was yet to contact him about reprising the role for 2015's hotly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
This is one of many rumours surrounding the return of the original cast, with Hamill said to have been contacted before Abrams was even announced as director (in fact George Lucas reportedly met with both Hamill and Carrie Fisher prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney).
Should Hamill not return, this may be a result of the recent change in scriptwriting duties with Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) replaced by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Perhaps Skywalker has died in the years following Jedi? »
- Gary Collinson
A few days ago, J.J. Abrams got speculation running rampant when Bad Robot released an image from the workshop of Abrams standing alongside a familiar little robot, R2-D2. Needless to say, the expectation was that the fan-favourite robot would be returning for more action in Star Wars Episode VII.
Now it looks like it’s no longer speculation, with Variety reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm have officially confirmed that R2-D2 will appear in 2015’s Star Wars Episode VII, and they’ve also given a very nice update on two new additions to the creative team behind the film.
On the left and right of the image released are Abrams and Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, and at the time, it wasn’t known who the two men between them are. Now word arises that they are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who are officially part of the Creature Effects team for the upcoming sequel. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Update: Variety confirms that R2-D2 will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, and he will be created and controlled by a pair of Star Wars fans -- Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, pictured in the tweeted shot from Bad Robot, who are members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club -- that were hired after impressing Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy this past summer in Germany, and had worked on Star Wars-themed commercials in the U.K.
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Abram's Bad Robot tweeted a picture earlier today, Nov. 15, of the acclaimed director and his crew standing around the iconic R2D2 during pre-production.
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