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Just like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, actor Anthony Daniels is an incredibly important part of the Star Wars legacy. He's just slightly handicapped by the fact that you can't see his face under the C-3Po helmet. He and Kenny Baker, the man inside R2-D2, are the only actors to be part of every single film, so when Star Wars: Episode VII started to move into active development, it made perfect sense that they would return. The big question that was raised, however, was whether Daniels would once again be inside his C-3Po costume, as he always has been in the movies, or would instead be opting to use motion capture or simply provide his voice. According to the actor, it was never actually a choice. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Anthony Daniels opened up about the process that led to him being »
Sometimes you gotta wonder if this will end up being 9 movies about two droids. Yes, C-3Po and R2-D2 are in Star Wars: Rebels on Disney Xd, bridging the gap between Episodes III and IV in animated fashion. The droids with the most will also be returning in Jj Abrams' Episode VII to continue the legacy.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Anthony Daniels, who always portrays C-3Po, even when he's a puppet or a digital effect, to talk to him about getting back in the metallic suit for a new film while also providing his voice to the cartoon series. You should read the whole, long, thing here - Anthony Daniels is not brief in his answering, but two particular answers stuck out to me in regards to Episode VII and Star Wars: Rebels.
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They've appeared in each of the Star Wars movies and Episode VII will be no exception as C-3Po and R2-D2 return for the J.J. Abrams helmed follow-up to Return of the Jedi. While the movie will be making good use of Andy Serkis' performance capture studio The Imaginarium, Anthony Daniels has confirmed that he will be once again suiting up as the fan-favourite droid despite the fact that he was initially offered just a voice-over role in the highly anticipated movie which drops on December 18th, 2015. The British actors makes some very interesting points here about why it's important to have him in the suit rather than relying on special effects, though it does sound as if he's grateful for technological advances which have made the suit far more comfortable. The full interview can be found over at Entertainment Weekly. Share your thoughts on all of this below! »
He is the Star Wars constant: Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all six Star Wars films, and next year he will return in a hugely anticipated seventh. As the voice and body of the faithful and fearful C-3Po, the 68-year-old has embodied this character — a role he initially didn’t even want — across TV shows, radio plays, concert tours, and theme park rides.
Below, Daniels talks about the iconic droid’s next appearance in Disney Xd’s fall animated series Star Wars Rebels, which chronicles the formation of the Rebel Alliance leading up to 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope. »
- James Hibberd
From the moment Adam Driver stepped into the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill, there was talk about him playing a villain and we’ve been running with that idea ever since. However, a photo just surfaced of Driver in costume on set that suggests otherwise. Hit the jump to find out what Driver was donning on set, but be aware; there are some spoilers in this article. Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow. The images come from Rick Lawrence’s Facebook page (via Star Wars 7 News) and while they are a little blurry, it does look as though that’s Driver donning an X-Wing pilot uniform. Does that mean »
- Perri Nemiroff
(Cbr) It’s well established by now that J.J. Abrams frequently casts childhood friend Greg Grunberg in television and film projects, ranging from "Felicity" and "Alias" to "Lost" and "Star Trek." So it’s to be expected for fans to wonder whether the "Heroes" veteran might appear in the Abrams movie everyone’s speculating about — "Star Wars: Episode VII." The answer, perhaps, is just as expected. Asked on Twitter, “Hey, is it pretty safe to say that you’re gonna have a minor cameo in 'Episode VII' like all of his other movies #luckycharm?” Grunberg replied, “Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII – If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” Grunberg joins a cast that includes "Star Wars" veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, and franchise newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
A new TV spot has arrived online for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, which introduces the crew of the Ghost starship – Kanan, Sabine, Chopper, Hera, Zeb and Ezra – who will take on the Empire and spark a rebellion. Check it out below after the official series synopsis…
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. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling »
- Gary Collinson
The premiere of Star Wars Rebels is less than a month away, so today we have a new full trailer and a few TV spots, including one that features R2-D2 and a bit of C3PO. I'm a big fan of The Clone Wars and excited to see a lot of the same creative team involved in Rebels, although it seems like they have a lot more money for Rebels than they did for Clone Wars. It will be interesting to see how this bridges Episode III, IV, and beyond.
Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Xd, October 13th.
- Free Reyes
Another day, another mysterious Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice/Star Wars crossover from Zack Snyder. The director of the DC Comics sequel tweeted on Saturday a photo of two Gotham City police officers, the newly debuted Batmobile and a Stormtrooper who was being shoved into the cop car, all with an elusive caption: "Case closed." The tweet is the latest in a series, following a shot of Man of Steel star Henry Cavill holding a lightsaber and dubbed a "Super Jedi" and of the caped Batman traversing a mountain with R2-D2 by his side. He's been tagging Star Wars: Episode VII
- Ashley Lee
The Millennium Falcon, piloted by 'Han Solo' is a modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter'.
...to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
...following chronologically in the series...
...30 years after "Return of the Jedi" and the demise of 'Darth Vader'.
- Michael Stevens
Well, it looks like all of those “scoops” about Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie playing bad guys in Star Wars: Episode VII were wide of the mark, as the pair have appeared in the latest batch of set photos from the hotly-anticipated sequel depicting the base of the Rebel Alliance, which show Driver wearing X-Wing pilot clothes, and Christie presumably as some kind of Alliance officer. Take a look courtesy of Rick Lawrence (via Cbm)…
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees 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 »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek new images from the UK set of "Star Wars: Episode VII" offering a first look @ actor Adam Driver in a 'Rebel' flight suit, plus members of the 'Alliance', including actress Gwendoline Christie:
J. J. Abrams directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan.
Click the images »
- Michael Stevens
Chalk this one up squarely as a rumour – especially considering its source is the UK tabloid The Sun – but it seems that Daniel Craig (Skyfall) may have shot a secret cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. Craig reportedly begged director J.J. Abrams for a role in the hotly-anticipated sequel, saying that he’d be happy to have his face hidden, and apparently shot the part this week at Pinewood, where he was spotted with Carrie Fisher. However, a more likely scenario is that Craig was at Pinewood for pre-production on Bond 24, which is set to begin filming this December.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees 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 »
- Gary Collinson
With the possibility of a new Incredible Hulk movie and TV series on the horizon (if you ask Lou Ferrigno anyway), Bruce Banner himself Mark Ruffalo may find himself being busy over the next year or so. But that hasn’t stopped the actor from dreaming about other roles. In fact, he’s looking to head to a galaxy far, far away – but not with J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII and instead with Rian Johnson and Star Wars: Episode VIII.
In an interview with Collider about his upcoming movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Ruffalo said that he has reached out personally to Rian Johnson saying he’s “desperate” for a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor said, “my e-mail to Rian after all these years was ‘Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, »
- Luke Owen
Filmmaker Zack Snyder continues to make excellent use of social media when it comes to teasing fans, with the latest being a new Batman v Superman Batmobile image with yet another Star Wars tie-in. This is the third such Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars mash-up, as Snyder previously tweeted a photo of Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi and another photo of Batman hanging out with R2-D2. This new image offers another look at Ben Affleck’s formidable-looking Batmobile, as a Stormtrooper is seen being arrested by Gcpd for the theft of said vehicle. It’s clearly a joke, but Snyder seems to be laying on the Star Wars love pretty thick. Is he simply a big fan, or could those long-ago rumors of a Snyder-helmed Star Wars spinoff have some truth to them? Whatever the case, the filmmaker’s tied up in the DC universe »
- Adam Chitwood
Lens flares and frustrating “mystery boxes” aren’t the only things that constantly pop up in the filmography of J.J. Abrams. Another thing that appears quite often is Heroes and Masters of Sex actor Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams’ who has shown up in almost all of the director’s cinematic works to date.
He’s had roles in Felicity and Alias, played Oceanic Flight 815 pilot Seth Norris in the Lost pilot, is in Mission: Impossible III, and even has small cameos in both Super 8 and Star Trek. He was, however, noticeably absent from Star Trek Into Darkness, which wasn’t very well received by fans…. That can’t be a coincidence, can it?!
Now it looks like the working relationship between Abrams and Grunberg will extend beyond our galaxy and into a famous one far, far away, as according to Grunberg himself, he has a role »
- James Garcia
A lot of directors use Twitter to tease their movies, though those helming comic book movies are the ones who most often make headlines with tantalising glimpses which get fans really excited for what’s to come.
Over the past year or so, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has revealed everything from Batman to the Batmobile and a fully suited up Henry Cavill getting soaked for the ice bucket challenge.
Along the way, he has also sent out some strange set photos with a Star Wars twist, including Henry Cavill’s Superman wielding a lighsaber and Batman and R2-D2 on what appeared to be a distant planet (it would later be revealed to be two action figures on a piece of ground near where the crew were shooting).
Last night, silly rumours started doing the rounds that one of the Batmobiles on the Detroit set of »
- Josh Wilding
The Heroes actor confirmed the news in response to a fan on Twitter.
Grunberg posted: "Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed."
Grunberg and Abrams are childhood friends who used to make home videos together.
It looks like J.J. Abrams has cast his childhood pal Greg Gunberg in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, with the Heroes and Masters of Sex star taking to Twitter to reveal that he has a role in the film, stating that, “If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” The two have worked together extensively in the past, with Grunberg featuing in Felicity and Alias, as well as appearing in minor roles in Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. Presumably, his part in Episode VII will follow suit, and is likely little more than a cameo.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees 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 »
- Gary Collinson
In the latest Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at the latest Star Wars: Episode VII set picture, the design of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s new Batmobile, the latest Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour and much, much more! Check out the video below…
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on May 6th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg »
- Oliver Davis
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