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Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams stated he wouldn’t be casting any Star Trek alumni in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve heard on a few occasions that Simon Pegg is set for a “secret role” in the hotly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy.
Pegg was reported to have visited the Dubai set to film his scene(s), and over the weekend his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirmed the Cornetto Trilogy star’s involvement during an interview at Comic-Con. Well, Pegg has now responded to those rumours during an interview with Vulture:
“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »
- Gary Collinson
A few days ago it was reported that Star Wars: Episode VII was heading to the stormy shores in the South West of Ireland, specifically the secluded island of Skellig Michael, approximately 12km off the coast of County Kerry. Rumours ran rampant – like every single thread of Episode VII news – about who or what was going to be filmed.
It’s thought to be a second unit but that doesn’t mean that some of the big names won’t be making an appearance. Last night a few images popped up online of the production crew setting up, take a look below.
And while there’s is no actual pictures of J.J.Abrams or any of the original trilogy cast, some of the Hamill family have been captures on camera. Below are Mark Hamill’s wife Marilou, daughter Chelsea and two sons Griffin and Nathan arriving at Portmagee harbour. »
- Gavin Logan
Benedict Cumberbatch is the last person I would have expected to accidentally leak some secretive Star Wars: Episode VII casting information, but it looks like that’s what just happened. During an interview with MTV at San Diego Comic-Con about his upcoming film Penguins of Madagascar, Cumberbatch was asked about Star Wars: Episode VII and whether or not there was any validity to the rumors about him nearly landing a role. His answer, while predictably cagey, contained one little stumble: Simon Pegg will be in the film.
Pegg has vehemently denied having a part in Episode VII, despite having been spotted on set. He chalked that particular set visit up to a casual meet and greet with longtime collaborator and friend J.J. Abrams, but if Cumberbatch is to be believed, that was just another classic case of misdirection.
On whether or not he personally had met with Abrams for a role, »
- James Garcia
The "Star Wars" galaxy is adding another exotic locale. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" will shoot several scenes on the tiny Irish island of Skellig Michael, off the country's Southwest coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland’s Office of Public Works revealed to local newspaper Kerry's Eye that a film would indeed be shooting there, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Skelling Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island. This production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board," a spokesman said. The island will be used in addition to locations in Abu Dhabi, Iceland and London, although Disney reportedly declined to comment on the new location. The report adds that the island is home to a disused Christian monastery dating back to the Middle Ages which may feature prominently in the scenes. »
- Dave Lewis
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
Mark Hamill is currently in the UK, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII some 30 years after his last outing in Return of the Jedi. Last night, the actor stepped out for the UK premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [read our review here], sporting a full on Jedi Master beard, which gives us a good idea of how Luke will appear in Episode VII…
tar Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
Though set in a galaxy far, far away and long ago, Star Wars: Episode VII will soon be finding a new home just off the coast of Ireland. Independent reports Star Wars: Episode VII has secured shooting permits to film on location on Skellig Michael, an island west of the Iveragh Peninsula of Ireland. The latest Star Wars installment is currently in production in the soundstages of London's Pinewood Studio. However, at the end of August, production will briefly move to Skellig Michael for at least three days. During this time, the island will be closed to visitors. No mention is made of whether this shoot will be a first unit or second unit affair. Though the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII includes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie, it's unknown »
J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi, but will soon be packing up his new X-Wing and taking the film to Ireland. According to the Office of Public Works, filming will commence off the coast of County Kerry. They’ll be filming around Skellig Michael, an island in the Atlantic Ocean 11.6 km west of County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
Apart from the typical beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer, Skellig Michael is unique because it’s home to some ancient Christian Monastic ruins, which could fit in well as some dwellings on some alien world in the film. This also marks another great example of how Abrams is going back to Star Wars‘ roots and shooting on location instead of in front of a green screen. We may not know anything about the film’s plot yet, but we do know that the backgrounds and »
- James Garcia
Star Wars: Battlefront is aiming to launch alongside Episode VII.
Speaking to investors, EA's Patrick Soderlund said that while the game isn't necessarily linked to the upcoming film, the company would prefer a similar launch window.
"What we're building is more rooted in the traditional Star Wars universe and not so much necessarily linked to the movies being made," Soderlund explained (via VG247).
"And that's just because we wanted to make a game that celebrated the history of Star Wars.
"Obviously there will be things in there that are somewhat tied to the new movie.
"I wouldn't say that we have a particular tie to the movie. Now, obviously we would prefer to be close to the movie, but I wouldn't say that we're directly tied to it."
Few details have been revealed about Star Wars: Battlefront, other than a teaser trailer and a logo.
It will be »
Sneak Peek new images of actor Harrison Ford, who fractured a bone in his left leg after a hydraulic door on a mock-up of the spaceship 'Millennium Falcon' crushed him while filming a scene in "Star Wars: Episode VII", as he makes his way along an airport runway to catch a plane:
Producers of director J.J. Abrams film have been reorganizing the schedule to shift the remaining scenes of 'Han Solo' until later in the shoot.
The film is on schedule for a December 18, 2015 release date.
Along with Ford, the new film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
It is planned »
- Michael Stevens
What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.
30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »
- Joshua Gaul
First of all, when dealing with anything "Star Wars" related, it's important to take the news with a grain of salt. The biggest grain of salt you can find, probably; one that has to be moved from place to place with the assistance of a large, flatbed truck. The other thing to consider is that, if these rumors are correct, then the use of a spoiler warning is indeed necessary. So, let's put that up there too: if you don't want anything maybe, possibly, potentially ruined for you about the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII," then, please, turn back now.
Still there? Got your salt? Okay...
Badass Digest is reporting that John Boyega's character is... a stormtrooper. That's right: Boyega is going to be wearing a suit of white armor, at least at the beginning of the movie. Apparently he leaves the Empire and teams with Daisy Ridley's »
- Drew Taylor
Now this is something to get really excited about Star Wars fans!
As part of the ‘Force for Change’ campaign old J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII, has fronted a new video to announce what one lucky contributor could win. Now it is a wonderful prize (you’ll hear all about it in the video) but there as the video goes on you’ll notice something else that is also quite brilliant…
Watched it? Excited much?!?!
That right there is a new starfighter! But what is it exactly?
It looks a lot like an X-Wing, but also has many of the characteristics of the Z-95 Headhunter. If we look back to the original concept created by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie we see a fighter that also shares many similarities. Now the X-Wing went through many upgrades in the Expanded Universe of books, but with that no longer being in line with the films, »
- Chris Cooper
A couple months ago, director J.J. Abrams revealed "Force for Change", which gave fans a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and cameo in the film in exchange for making a donation to Unicef. Even if you didn't win the top prize of the visit and the cameo, there were still prize levels based on the amount of your donation, and most importantly, you were contributing to a good cause. With only four days left in the "Force for Change" campaign, Abrams has released a new video, which shows a full-scale X-Wing fighter jet. The movie isn't kidding around when it comes to practical effects, and it's a very cool and fun reveal that helps bring attention to "Force for Change". Additionally, the campaign has sweetened the deal by giving the winner not only a visit to the set and a cameo, but they'll win a private, »
- Matt Goldberg
The vehicle appeared in a video message from director Abrams for the Omaze Force for Chance fundraising scheme, which is offering one Star Wars fan the opportunity to visit the set and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the movie.
The winner will also be offered a cameo role in the blockbuster and get an early screening of Episode VII before its theatrical release in December 2015.
Force for Chance, to benefit Unicef innovation labs and programmes, raised $1 million in its first 24 hours - a figure Disney matched with another $1 million.
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. With one week left to participate in the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative -- a campaign launched by Disney, Lucasfilm »
- Pietro Filipponi
Devin Faraci over at Badassdigest is claiming that he has the ‘exclusive’ plot details to Star Wars: Episode VII. While I’m doubting their veracity, there is still an outside chance that some of this could potentially constitute spoilers (in a world where pigs fly). Faraci says…
“Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.”
It’s so idiotic I’m almost inclined to believe it. I didn’t believe the Jar Jar rumors when I heard them either. My instincts tell me it sounds almost too ludicrous to be true. Apparently the severed hand travels through space before winding up on a familiar planet…
“That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered »
- Anghus Houvouras
J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII is now well into production, having completed shooting in Abu Dhabi weeks ago and currently working at Pinewood Studios in England. Filming is expected to continue through August - with a two week hiatus scheduled to allow Harrison Ford's leg time to heal - but even though so much time has passed apparently the production still hasn't completed its casting phase. If the latest rumor from Latino-Review is to be believed, then actress Christina Chong has become the latest actress to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. She joins an incredibly talented ensemble that already includes original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, as well as newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. Much like everybody in »
Lucasfilm has further increased the female contingent in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, with news breaking that up and coming British actress Christina Chong has signed on to the cast of the hotly-anticipated sequel. Chong’s previous credits include W.E. and 24: Live Another Day, and while no details of her Star Wars role has been revealed, it’s said to be a minor part.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist »
- Gary Collinson
No details were given for her character, although it is said to be a minor role. She joins a cast that already includes franchise veterans such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels, alongside newcomers such as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Max von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.
Christina Chong most recently starred in Fox's 24: Live Another Day, and she has also landed a lead role on Sergio Mimica-Gezzan's Halo: Nightfall digital feature. Her feature credits include Johnny English Reborn and W.E.
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