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Though they don't confirm that it's Gwendoline Christie, Badass Digest have a theory that it will indeed be the Game of Thrones star whose character is named "Captain Phasma" in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Even if it isn't, they still reveal that she'll be playing "a stormtrooper commander who wears chrome armor and is hunting down deserter Finn" in the J.J. Abrams helmed movie. What's so important about a lone Stormtrooper that the Empire would send a mysteriously clad agent after him? We'll have to wait and see, but the site adds that Christie's character "looks very cool" in concept art they've seen. It appears as if The Force Awakens will be exploring the people beneath the Stormtrooper armour, and "Captain Phasma" does sound like a pretty cool name for the Chrome Trooper! What do you guys think? Share your thoughts below. »
We now all know that Andy Serkis played a rather pivotal role in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was his deep, dark voice that guided us through the clip - and now he has revealed a few more tidbits regarding his character, while also dismissing some of the rumors that have been circulating. This includes rebuffing the allegation that he will be playing multiple characters in the sci-fi extravaganza. Andy Serkis made his remarks while chatting to Entertainment Weekly about his work alongside J.J. Abrams for the seventh installment in the beloved sci-fi franchise. After being asked about the rumors that he might utilize his performance capture ability to play multiple characters in the movie, Serkis insisted that is "not true at all" before adding, "I can say I only play one character." At the moment, and when you consider just how gruff and »
Shortly after the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, fans were curious about who provided the narration for the 88-second teaser. While many thought it was Benedict Cumberbatch, it was confirmed a few days later to be Andy Serkis, who was part of the first group of cast members to be announced back in April. While there is still very little information available about who he is playing, the actor spilled 10 new details to Entertainment Weekly.
1. The Trailer Narration Was Not Enhanced: While there were few who guessed correctly that Andy Serkis provided the trailer's narration, some wondered if the actor's voice was altered to for this mysterious role. The actor reveals that there are no digital enhancements made to his voice, stating, "That is the character. There's no digital manipulation. That's just me."
2. Andy Serkis Is Not Playing Two Characters: The actor also shut »
Searches was asked about rumors of him playing both a live-action character, and a CG motion capture character in the film. He responded: “No that's not true at all. I can say I only play one character."
Asked if his role is a CG or live-action one, he says: "I can't say a single thing about that. I'm sorry. These things will all come out in the fullness of time, I promise." He does add that: "The character …ye's been through some stuff."
He also confirms his voiceover in the trailer was not altered, that's his actual voice in character: "That is the character. There's no digital manipulation. That's just me". He also says he had no idea his voice would play such »
- Garth Franklin
Though Andy Serkis is as tight-lipped as the rest of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast when it comes to revealing anything too specific about the film or their characters, he is usually happy to chat a little more about the project in general than his colleagues, and that was evident when EW caught up with the actor at the première of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Serkis was asked 10 questions -- not all of which he could answer -- about the enigmatic character he plays in the J.J. Abrams directed movie. Serkis says that his voice was unaltered for the trailer ("“There’s no digital manipulation. That’s just me.”), and, putting an end to a recent rumor, that the character we hear speaking will be the only one he plays! He's then asked if the distinctively raspy voice means his character will have »
Our introduction to a new era of Star Wars by way of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was a hell of a way to kick off the marketing campaign for J.J. Abrams’ new film. The teaser was spectacular for a number of reasons, not the least of which being Andy Serkis’ ominous narration. There has been much speculation about Serkis’ role (or roles) in the film, given that the actor is pretty much the person at the forefront of performance-capture technology. In a new interview with EW, the actor has spoken up a bit about the film and his character, shooting down reports that he’s playing multiple roles while also touching on how much he knew about his part in the trailer before its release. More after the jump. Speaking with EW, Serkis confirmed that his voice in the trailer is that of the character »
- Adam Chitwood
Five years ago, Paramount successfully rebooted its "Star Trek" franchise with J.J. Abrams film becoming both a commercial and critical hit. Boasting a considerable $150 million budget, "Star Trek" scored an impressive $257 million domestic box-office haul - more than 2.5 times that of the previous record holder "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home".
Yet not everything went smoothly. Overseas audiences dramatically improved for the film series, but the $127 million international haul was not enough to justify such high price tag. Thus along came 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," an even more costly venture at $190 million.
Reviews for this entry were solid but not as good, especially amongst the original fanbase who kept the franchise running for so long. Whilst Abrams first film had a feel similar to the previous shows and films, 'Into Darkness' pushed into more "Star Wars"-style territory whilst at the same time serving as something of a strange »
- Garth Franklin
The actor dishes some details to Entertainment Weekly in a game of "true or false." Serkis didn't say very much, but he did drop some nuggets to chew on.
For instance, his voice - which narrates the first trailer and sounds a lot like Benedict Cumberbatch - is entirely his voice. "There's no digital manipulation. That's just me," he said.
He also was able to confirm that he only plays one character (there were rumors he might play multiple roles) and that he has "been through some stuff."
Serkis got a laugh out of debunking another rumor, that he leads a "group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters."
Whether his character is a hero or villain, »
- Kelly Woo
It looks like Christina Hendricks is dealing with her departure from Sterling Cooper & Partners by hitting the road. According to multiple sources, the Mad Men actress has joined the main cast of Roadies, a music-centric comedy created, written and to be directed by Jerry Maguire helmer Cameron Crowe for premium cable network Showtime.
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of individuals involved in a massively successful rock tour, as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will take on the meaty role of Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is ““ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”
Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also on board the ensemble series in main roles, but Hendricks’ involvement just makes us more excited for what’s sure to be a »
- Isaac Feldberg
There aren't many filmmakers who get to take a crack at a major young adult franchise with their first feature film, but director Wes Ball managed to do just that with The Maze Runner, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 16. Based on the popular novel trilogy by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is set in a mysterious and massive maze known as The Glade, where a number of young men find themselves inexplicably trapped, with no memory of how or why they were put there. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, the latest addition to The Glade who may be the one to lead them out of the maze for good.
After working as a graphic artist for several years, Wes Ball makes his directorial debut with The Maze Runner, an ambitious project that managed to win over fans and critics alike, taking in over $330 million at the box office during its theatrical run. »
I’ve been watching a fair amount of Star Wars Rebels lately, the new animated show effectively replacing Clone Wars as the go-to for kid friendly Star Wars TV entertainment. Like Clone Wars, Rebels demonstrates a surprising maturity, more so than the prequel films, and it exists as an interesting bridge between the old generation of Star Wars and this new Disney-owned version which ventures into uncharted territory beginning with Episode VII. As such, Rebels still takes place before the events of the original trilogy, 15 years after Revenge of the Sith. That means it offers no insight into the future of the Star Wars universe, and we won’t really know anything about the upcoming direction until Jj Abrams reveals his vision for Episode VII. I’ll have more to talk about regarding Rebels once I fully catch up with it, as it definitely deserves its own article, but today I’m more… »
Yesterday we learned that Paramount Pictures is looking to hire one of these five directors to direct Star Trek 3: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of those directors I'd love to see Jones take on the project, but he's probably going to be busy developing Warcraft. Wyatt is the next best choice, and perhaps he's the studio's favorite as he just made The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg for them. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have some information on why the previously attached director, Roberto Orci, is no longer attached. One of those reasons was because the studio wanted Star Trek 3 to be more like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Orci wasn't on board with the idea so he walked.
The site reports that Orci »
- Joey Paur
Most tentpole filmmakers know that once plans start being sent to toy companies for various film tie-ins, your movie is about to be spoiled. It’s unavoidable, really. The toy companies need plenty of lead time to develop and produce a large amount of product, and specs start coming out in the months leading up to a film’s release. J.J. Abrams famously fought to have the USS Vengeance toy from Star Trek Into Darkness held off until the last minute, and he and Lucasfilm/Disney are working together on Star Wars: The Force Awakens to ensure that the sure-to-be-insanely-profitable toys don’t spoil the movie. Which leads us to today’s bit of business, the Avengers: Age of Ultron Lego sets. Check out what they may or may not reveal about the film after the jump. Boxes for the Avengers sequel sets have landed online via Brickset, previewing »
- Adam Chitwood
Depending on your sensitivity to Spoilers, there will be new information revealed in the following story: Last Week, Lucasfilm and Disney revealed all of the names for the new characters that appear in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. The studios have now registered trademark applications for these names (as per StitchKingdom), along with the name of a character who does not appear in the sneak peek footage. It is not known whom this name belongs to, which actor will play the character, or if this character falls on the dark or light side of the force.
Are you ready for the big reveal? Among the new registrations, there were many for a brand new character named Captain Phasma. There is no prior documentation for this character or the name outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin's Fist. There are also a number of random usernames »
Artist Paul Shipper has delivered some incredibly cool movie poster art over the years, many of which you can check out right here. We've also seen a lot of fan art for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of which you can see here and here. This stunning illustration that Shipper has come up with, though, is by far one of the best pieces of fan art that I've seen for the film. It kind of sucks that it won't be an official poster. I seriously want a print of this. »
- Joey Paur
Last year, Lupita Nyong’o stepped out from obscurity to wow crowds in "12 Years a Slave" and earn her first Oscar. 12 months later, supporting actor workhorse David Oyelowo is taking a similar jump, earning rave reviews for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma." The unexpected common link between the two performances? Brad Pitt and his production banner Plan B. Now, according to Variety, Pitt will play matchmaker for this critically acclaimed pair: They’ll star together in Plan B’s new indie film "Americanah." Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the same name, the story follows a Nigerian immigrant couple surviving in their new home and struggling to keep their relationship together. Pitt is producing, along with Nyong’o and Andrea Calderwood. According to Variety, after having a positive experience working with Plan B on "Selma," "Oyelowo jumped at the opportunity to board another project they were producing. »
- Matt Patches
While Christina Hendricks just recently wrapped shooting the final episode of Mad Men, the actress has already lined up a prestigious follow-up project. Hendricks has joined the cast of the new Showtime pilot Roadies, which was created, written, and will be directed by filmmaker Cameron Crowe. The show follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes, the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will play a character named Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is described as “ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.” The cast was already filling out quite nicely with Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, and Rafe Spall onboard, but Hendricks makes a positively excellent addition. More after the jump. While Crowe created Roadies and will be intimately involved in the series as an executive producer, Winnie Holzman »
- Adam Chitwood
Iconic. Rousing. Pure fucking geek magic. Such are some of the choice adjectives we’d use to describe John Williams' immortal “Star Wars” theme, a piece of music that sends fanboys into a collective spasm of joyous exuberance upon its very first notes. With the internet positively abuzz from that scintillating first teaser for J.J. Abrams' upcoming 'The Force Awakens'—which George Lucas still claims not to have seen—many have chosen to look back at the original “Star Wars” films and their enduring influence on today’s pop culture (indeed, something like “Guardians of the Galaxy” would be impossible to imagine without the original trilogy). Love them or hate them—and unlike the newer, decidedly digital episodes that Lucas directed from the late '90’s to the early 2000’s, which were more or less unanimously derided, there is a bit of a divide here—the “Star Wars »
- Nicholas Laskin
Moon director Jones was mentioned as a contender in the outlet's report, but he has refuted any involvement with the project on Twitter.
"Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age," he wrote.
I really want a good Star Trek movie. So far, this rebooted, J.J. Abrams helmed version of the Enterprise has done next to nothing for me. Star Trek Into Darkness was particularly disheartening. However, these movies have been making decent money, so this is the direction we will continue to go. Because Abrams is off waking up the force (which really does not like someone waking it up; it's quite cranky), a new director is needed to take over. For awhile, screenwriter Roberto Orci was going to make his directorial debut with Star Trek 3, but he recently dropped out of the project, just staying on as a producer. Deadline is reporting Paramount has a shortlist of five directors they are looking at. On the top of the list is Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), with Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code »
- Mike Shutt
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