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Pegg was spotted on the Star Wars set in Abu Dhabi last month, while his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch seemingly hinted at San Diego Comic-Con that the Hot Fuzz actor might appear in Abrams's new film.
Asked about the rumours, Pegg told Vulture: "Well, Jj uses me in different roles, and we're good friends.
"The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors."
He went »
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
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson. Take a look at the artwork for each of the new comics below, then read on for more details.
Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of »
Marvel will begin publishing new Star Wars comic books in 2015 and they’ve officially announced three new titles that will take place between the original trilogy. Here’s a look at the official press release and artwork for all three series:
“New York, NY – July 28th, 2014 – Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.
Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new »
- Jonathan James
n 1977 Marvel Comics published the very first Star Wars comic-book series. Now Marvel are re-presenting those original adventures in its over-sized Omnibus format with Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years collecting Star Wars (1977) #1-44 and Annual #1.
It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones! There’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this collection!
Set for »
- Phil Wheat
Disney released a new extended trailer and a couple of clips for their upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. I am not the first to jump on board any kind of animated series, but this one is starting to grow on me.
If you are not aware, Rebels tells the story of the events that takes place between Episode III and Episode IV. There is a new cast of characters as well as some classics. In this new preview you will see cameos of R2-D2 and C3PO. Lando Calrissian will also make an appearance every once in a while throughout the first season.
This new trailer also gives a glimpse at the villain, The Inquisitor. It has been said that he is not a Sith, so that leaves what he really is open to interpretation for the time being.
If you want to find out what is really going on, »
- Billy Fisher
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
Coinciding with its panel at Comic-Con yesterday, Lucasfilm Animation has released an extended sneak peek preview of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, whcih includes scenes featuring the bad guys The Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, Jedi Padawan Ezra Miller, and droid duo R2-D2 and C-3Po; watch it below…
“Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and Tie fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, »
- Gary Collinson
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
Hey!? What’S This?!: Easy there, Darth Interrobang. It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. If you’re not into those things, wait for the Fall when Star Wars: Rebels comes out. Otherwise…
This Week: So much stuff! X-wing! Rumors Of Hands! Rebels Clips!
Where to begin this week’s collection of Star Wars Material that will mostly just serve as me trying to catch up all the Star Wars stuff of note that hit the rumor-net since we last convened in the halls of S7AR Wars.
The X-wing and the Mouse
There was another Force For Change video released, this time featuring Fearless Leader Jj Abrams in front of an X-Wing. This X-Wing appears a bit worse for wear in the paint-job area, but also was without an astromech droid (like where R2-D2 was loaded into Luke »
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
The Force is strong with the Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con trailer that was released this evening as the first public screening for the upcoming new Lucasfilm and Disney TV series began in San Diego.
Of all the Star Wars Rebels clips and trailers released to date, including the extended trailer from only a few days ago, this one pulls the most recognizable situations and characters from the Original and Prequel trilogies. It begins with a holographic message delivering news that Jedi Knight Luminara Unduli survived Order 66 and is currently in Imperial custody. This sparks plans to spring her from captivity.
The Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con trailer goes on to reveal that young Ezra, the newest member of the young rebel group, is Force sensitive and becomes the Padawan of Kanan Jarrus. As he begins to use the Force in battle, the Empire becomes aware of he and his master's existence. »
The most deadly serious drama on TV once again has a funny gag reel: Below, EW has the exclusive outtakes from season 2 of NBC’s acclaimed thriller, Plus details about the season 2 DVD release, Plus season 3 scoop from the show’s Comic-Con panel.
First, the gag reel: The scenes include dancing in the morgue, Mads Mikkelsen forgetting how to tie his tie, Gillian Anderson losing her microphone down her shirt, and plenty of crack-ups during the show’s signature terse dining scenes. The clip (which was briefly leaked online earlier this year) is part of Hannibal’s season 2 home video package, »
- James Hibberd
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
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
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
Jj Abrams unveiled the starfighter in a new promo for his 'Force for Change' initiative.
Fanboys and girls, gather 'round: we've got a new sneak peek at Star Wars: Episode VII.
Director Jj Abrams is giving fans a first look at the X-Wing starfighter that will appear in the film in a new promo for his "Force for Change" initiative. The teaser gives a full look at the new version of the spacecraft we all remember from George Lucas' original trilogy.
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This is the second video Abrams has revealed from the Star Wars set. In the first, he showed us a creature from Tatooine – the desert home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker.
Both videos are in support of Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot's "Star Wars: Force for Change" campaign, benefiting Unicef Innovation Labs and Programs. The project was launched back in May via Omaze and pulled in $1 million »
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
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