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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just around the corner, but as J.J. Abrams puts the finishing touches on that highly anticipated release, Rian Johnson is already hard at work assembling the cast of Star Wars Episode VIII. We already know that Benicio Del Toro has landed a villainous role in the movie, but now Gugu Mbatha-Raw
- Josh Wilding
Star Wars: Episode VIII: Reportedly, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actress earned critical acclaim for her starring roles in Belle and Beyond the Lights (above), and will soon appear opposite Will Smith in Concussion. Benicio Del Toro is set to play a villainous character in the sequel; Rian Johnson has written the script and will direct. It's scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2017. [Collider] Stronger: Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black) is in early negotiations to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger, one of several projects in development about the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. This particular story revolves around Jeff Bauman, a survivor who lost both his legs in the terrorist attack. David Gordon Green is...
- Peter Martin
According to Collider (who are backing up Latino Review’s original claim), Mbatha-Raw has been cast in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, although they don’t know who she is playing. An earlier report said that the shortlist also included Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel).
Now none of this is confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm – and it was never confirmed if Mbatha-Raw had even joined the shortlist – so this could just be a rumour for now.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters on »
- Luke Owen
Gugu Mbatha Raw has joined the cast of Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. The Belle and Beyond The Lights actress has joined the planned sequel in the Star Wars saga, but obviously, like a lot of the castings in the films, we don;t yet know who she’ll be playing.
Benicio Del Toro has been cast as the villain in the movie, and we’re expecting many of the cast from the first new sequel, The Force Awakens, to show up in Episode VII too.
Lucasfilm/ Disney will release Episode VII in May of 2017.
- Paul Heath
Star Wars: Episode VIII: Reportedly, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actress earned critical acclaim for her starring roles in Belle and Beyond the Lights (above), and will soon appear opposite Will Smith in Concussion. Benicio Del Toro is set to play a villainous character in the sequel; Rian Johnson has written the script and will direct. It's scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2017. [Collider] Stronger: Tatiana Maslany (TV's...
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A couple of days ago, Gugu Mbatha Raw was one of several names on the short list for a prime lead in Star Wars Episode VIII. Oh what a difference those days made, as we've now been told that this rising female star is about to travel to a galaxy far, far away. Collider reported a supposed exclusive that named Mbatha Raw as a lead in Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars sequel. Best known for her role in Belle, her latest conquest is, naturally, as mysterious as any potential plot for Star Wars Episode VIII. Still, her casting is excellent news for the storied franchise. The initial news item hedged its bets by disclaiming that the casting has not been announced by Disney officially, but it comes from source Collider is "confident" in reporting. With extremely few details to go on, the casting of Gugu Mbatha Raw is still »
Writer/director Rian Johnson felt yesterday was a good day to update a few friends and then ultimately the world on his progress developing the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII. A simple text tweet would have sufficed, but Johnson chose to share a visual that speaks for itself.
Without giving away a single spoiler, Johnson tweeted the Star Wars: Episode VIII script cover page featuring the temporary film title, his name, and absolutely nothing else. We have no idea what draft this is, but we do know that Star Wars: Episode VIII begins production in the first half of 2016.
Think about this tweet for a second. We still haven't received the first true Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer with sustained dialogue and here we are talking about the script for Episode VIII. And we're doing this while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is well »
Right now, the Star Wars movie universe (are we calling it that?) has a fair few balls in the air. There's this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to which Jj Abrams is putting the finishing touches. Meanwhile, Gareth Edwards is currently shooting 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One.
After being rumored for the role last week, Collider is now reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has officially signed on for the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VIII. She’ll join Benicio del Toro in the Rian Johnson-directed film, which is set to open in Spring 2017. No word on the actress’ role just yet, but Collider firmly believes that she’s locked in.
With both Concussion and Beauty and the Beast on her upcoming slate, it looks like Mbatha-Raw is finally ready for her much deserved breakout. She impressed tremendously in both Beyond the Lights and Belle, and it was really just a matter of time before she landed a massive role like this.
- Mark Cassidy
Last week, Latino Review reported that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending, Beyond The Lights) had joined Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Olivia Cooke (Me And earl And The Dying Girl) on the shortlist for one of the female leads in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII, and according to Collider's sources the actress has won the role. The site doesn't have any specifics on the character she'll be playing, but she joins Benicio del Toro as the movie's (probable) villain. Mbatha-Raw can be seen soon in NFL drama Concussion, and she also has a role in 2017's live-action Beauty and the Beast. Star Wars: Episode VIII opens May 26, 2017. »
Pic tells the true story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack.
David Gordon Green recently signed on to direct the pic. John Pollono has adapted the script for “Stronger,” which marks his full-length feature debut. Pollono wrote and co-starred in the Off Broadway play “Small Engine Repairs.” “Stronger” has been set up with Mandeville Films principals Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman along with Scott Silver, while Peter McGuigan will exec produce.
“Stronger” is based on the book by Bauman and Bret Witter. It details the aftermath of the 2013 attack at the marathon finish line, where Bauman had been cheering for his girlfriend, who will be played by Maslany.
The book, published last year, also describes Bauman’s attempts to walk »
- Justin Kroll
In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following: Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay. The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds. When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? […]
- Peter Sciretta
Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn.t actually been released yet, it.s impossible not to look beyond the seventh installment of the franchise. Not only is the saga going to continue on with Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX, but there.s also Rogue One and Han Solo and Boba Fett films planned, as well. Benicio Del Toro will be involved in Episode VIII, as the film.s villain, and he.s recently been talking about what attracted him to the project, and why Rian Johnson is the perfect director for this world. Benecio Del Toro made these comments to Empire Magazine while out promoting his impressive turn in Sicario. The Puerto Rican actor was asked what Johnson would bring to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which led him to insist that the Brick and Looper director is going to bring a new energy to proceedings. »
Rian Johnson, director of Brick, The Brothers Bloom and more recently, Looper, has been thrust into the big leagues after landing the gig for Star Wars: Episode VIII, and actor Benicio Del Toro can’t think of a better fit for Disney’s galaxy far, far away. The Sicario star is on board to play the sequel’s lead villain (or is he?), but beyond that there’s little-to-no information about the actual plot.
Fear not, though, because if Del Toro is to be believed, we’re in for a special kind of treat with Episode VIII, after the actor revealed that Johnson is bringing a healthy dose of “cool, sci-fi realism” to the studio’s prized space opera.
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- Michael Briers
Benicio del Toro is bringing his drowsy menace to Sicario this week as a mysterious Latin American figure. Is he an assassin? Is he a Fed? Is he just some bloke along for the ride? It’s a similar story in Star Wars: Episode VIII where he’s recently signed up for villain duties. Beyond that, we know little.When Empire caught up with the actor for Sicario’s press tour, Star Wars popped up in conversation. Needless to say, his exact character was not up for discussion. Instead, we wondered what his own relationship with the franchise had been and what he felt his director, Rian Johnson, would be bringing to the world of ’sabers and Sith Lords? Click below to hear what he had to say.“[He’s going to] bring a cool, sci-fi realism, if I may say that,” del Toro explained of Johnson’s aesthetic. “I love his film Looper, »
Oh high school. It was a rough time for a lot of us. Maybe more memorable for some. While we’re passed those adolescent days now, we’re deep in Back to School days and getting more than a little nostalgic. That’s due in part to all the high school teen movies that still rattle around in our pop culture consciousness. Many of the characters in the movies shared the same embarrassments we did, the same first crushes, the same droning teachers, and we all wish we had a friend like Ferris Bueller.
So we asked the PopOptiq staff, which high school character from the movies were you? Share your own pop culture doppelgänger below!
Randy Meeks and I have much in common. We are both massive horror movie fans who worked in a video store, studied film and had a hopeless crush on our best friend. »
Kicking things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the movie’s themes and how the Skywalker family play into everything. It had been rumoured that this new trilogy would focus on the offspring of Luke and Leia (not together you weirdos!), but we still don’t know the full story despite being less than 3 months away from the release of the movie. But we do know that the lineage will play a role. “The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,” Kennedy said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story… »
- Luke Owen
What’s going on in the world of “Star Wars” other than toy marketing blitzes, Topps trading card reveals, and other merchandizing paraphernalia? Well, there’s good news and bad news out there, though "bad" is, admittedly, very subjective. Lets start off with the good. U.K. actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of “Beyond the Lights” and the severely underrated period drama “Belle,” is rumored to be in the mix for one of the main female roles in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” Previously, it’s was reported that Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), and Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) are vying for a significant female role in ‘Episode VIII.’ Well, Latino Review adds that Mbatha-Raw is also in contention for this role role, and reveals that there may be two significant female roles in the movie, which will also include »
- Edward Davis
Latino Review broke the story which says that she's actually already auditioned for the film, and joins a shortlist that includes Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin") and Olivia Cooke ("Ouija").
There's a twist though. The site says these actresses are all being considered for not one but two major roles in the film, meaning maybe two of those names might be scoring one hell of a new screen credit in the near future.
Some filming on "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has already taken place, but the majority of the shoot is expected to happen early next year ahead of a May 2017 release. »
- Garth Franklin
So, this one comes from Latino-Review, so have your pinch of salt at the ready, but according to the site Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Belle) has joined the shortlist of actresses said to be in contention for a new female lead in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The original shortlist was said to include Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), and there had been speculation that the role could be the daughter of one of the Original Trilogy characters (if you want to know who, click here).
- Gary Collinson
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