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This edition of The Week of Star Wars sees a Sherlock star joining the cast of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, some rumours surrounding a Netflix spin-off series and a first look at Ken Leung in Star Wars: The Force Awakens…
Kicking things off this week, we got the news that Sherlock star Jonathan Aris has joined the cast of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. According to a BBC reporter named Lizo Mizimba (whose name has cropped up a lot this past week), Aris will play a character called Senator Jebel, while a (somewhat dubious) rumour emerged suggesting that Felicity Jones could be playing the daughter of an iconic villain…
…Speaking of Star Wars spin-offs and there are new rumours of a Star Wars TV show in development. Remember the first time we heard about a Star Wars TV show? It feels like it was about 2 decades ago! Anyway, »
- Luke Owen
As director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) begins production on the first Star Wars spinoff, a new rumour has emerged concerning the character set to be played by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
The official announcement stated that Jones will be playing a Rebel soldier, and now notorious “scooper” El Mayimbe is claiming on Meet the Movie Press that the she’ll be the daughter of the fearsome bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Now, given that Jones is 31 years old and Rogue One will take place around twenty years after Attack of the Clones, where Boba Fett appeared as a kid himself (without any children at that point, we assume), there appear to be two possible scenarios here: either Boba has used the clones’ accelerated aging process on his daughter, or Mayimbe has been making up more Star Wars rumours to get himself headlines. One of »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the first Star Wars spinoff, is starting to take shape, with a growing cast that includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, and Forest Whitaker already set to star. The story has been confirmed to center on a band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans, but there is still very little we know about what roles these actors are playing. Today on Meet the Movie Press, El Mayimbe dropped a new rumor that reveals Felicity Jones is playing the daughter of Boba Fett.
El Mayimbe himself even stated that this piece of information is a rumor which has not been confirmed, so it could turn out to be completely false. Then again, Boba Fett has long been rumored to have some sort of presence in this spinoff, so it wouldn't be surprising to learn »
The Star Wars universe is expanding in a big, big way. In addition to the Episode films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re getting a series of standalone Anthology movies, starting with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One. Production on that chapter in the history of that far, far away galaxy is getting ready to commence, and we don’t know much except that Felicity Jones is going to be the female lead. A new report, however, may have some details about her character. There are big potential spoilers beyond this point, you’ve been warned. Also, this is a very soft rumor, so make of it what you will. On today’s episode of Meet the Movie Press, Heroic Hollywood scooper Umberto Gonzalez was the guest and dropped what could be a huge bit of news about Jones’ role. You should »
During today's Meet The Movie Press, Heroic Hollywood's El Mayimbe dropped an intriguing rumor about the character Felicity Jones will play in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. He's heard that she will actually star as Boba Fett's daughter, but he doesn't elaborate any further. We know the plot of Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' movie revolves around a team of Rebels attempting to steal the plans for the first Death Star, and it was always assumed that Jones would play the leader of that group - but, we have also heard that various other characters and factions will play a role (including Darth Vader and several hired bounty hunters) and that could be where Fett's pride and joy comes in. Perhaps she'll team up with the Rebels at some point after first being set on their trail? Who knows... and really, the time-frame doesn't add up here anyway so »
Along with telling us that Emily Blunt may be in line to play Captain Marvel, the latest episode of Meet The Movie press has revealed another interesting rumor. According to co-host El Mayimbe, Felicity Jones will be playing Boba Fett’s daughter in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
While unconfirmed, this does open up several interesting questions, chief amongst them being whether her character will be a villain or hero in the film. We know that the plot revolves around the Rebels trying to steal the plans for the Death Star, but which side will Jones’ character take?
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The other major question here is that of timing. Rogue One is set before A New Hope, which takes place twenty or so years after Episode III. If you recall, Fett was in his early teens in Episode III. Meaning, that if Jones is playing Fett’s daughter, »
- James Garcia
Jane Got a Gun hasn't had the best of luck. The Western had its director not show up on the first day of the shoot, actors drop out and multiple different release dates, and it looks as though the troubles facing the Natalie Portman-led and produced feature aren't over yet. Relativity Media, a company without a full-out hit since 2011, is on the edge of bankruptcy, and a little over a month before the movie's September 4 release date, the company is contacting potential buyers regarding not only Jane Got a Gun, but two other high-profile features as well -- the Sundance comedy The Bronze and the Nicholas Hoult/Felicity Jones-starring action-thriller Collide. Screenings for all three films are being held at the moment for potential buyers, but they have bigger sights in mind for Jane in particular. At the moment, lawyer David Boies is trying to court Harvey Weinstein »
- Will Ashton
The Wrap reports that Natalie Portman's troubled Western "Jane Got a Gun," raunchy Sundance comedy "The Bronze," and the Nicholas Hoult-Felicity Jones action-thriller "Collide" are all being screened for a handful of buyers with 'Gun' in particular looking to be the most valuable property.
It's important enough that Harvey Weinstein has apparently been asked to rescue it as the film was originally going to be jointly distributed with The Weinstein Company on September 4th. Now Harvey may do it alone, but whatever happens producer Scott Steindorff is certain the star-studded Western won't be hitting in September and could well be pushed back into 2016.
Relativity has struggled to meet its contractual obligations with the legal and »
- Garth Franklin
As bankruptcy looms for the troubled studio, Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media is putting three of its most high-profile titles on the block, including the Natalie Portman Western “Jane Got a Gun,” the raunchy Sundance comedy “The Bronze” and the Nicholas Hoult-Felicity Jones action-thriller “Collide,” an individual with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap. Relativity has invited a handful of buyers to upcoming screenings of those three movies, for which the company has struggled to meet its contractual obligations. A representative for Relativity declined to comment for this story. Last week, Sony sent Relativity a cure letter »
- Jeff Sneider
A little bit of fresh Star Wars casting news for you here. Jonathan Aris, an actor best known for playing Anderson in the Sherlock episode The Empty Hearse has become the latest addition to Gareth Edwards' upcoming Star Wars movie.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set to start filming in the UK in the next couple of months, and according to his Spotlight page (effectively his online curriculum vitae, to be used by casting agents), Aris has landed the role of Senator Jebel in the upcoming movie.
No official confirmation has been forthcoming, nor do we expect it to be for some time. Here's the snapshot of Aris' Spotlight page, »
With production set to begin very soon on Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the BBC reports that Sherlock actor Jonathan Aris has joined the cast. The actor's Spotlight profile, a website where actors and filmmakers can post their resumes, revealed that he is playing "Senator Jebel" in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. That listing was later removed from his page, so it's unclear if this is the confirmed character or not.
If, in fact, the actor has signed on for the Star Wars anthology movie, he will join a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. The story centers on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who embark on a mission to steal plans for the original Death Star. The plot is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and »
When it comes to blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, which keep secrets under lock and key while mounting massive productions around the world, there’s really no telling from where the next scoop is going to come.
Today, it appears that the BBC has latched onto an interesting bit of information about Star Wars: Rogue One – it’s spotted that Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris’ Spotlight page (basically LinkedIn for actors) lists him as playing “Senator Jebel” in the ensemble Star Wars Anthology film.
The credit has mysteriously disappeared from Aris’ page, but here’s a screen grab:
Now who or what a Senator Jebel is remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that his official stature will make him an Imperial ally, seeing as Rogue One is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Whether he’s a spy helping the rebels or »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s not often that anything escapes the secrecy shields surrounding the Star Wars franchise, even in these leak-happy days. But according to the BBC, which spotted the news on the actor’s Spotlight page, Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris has been cast in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.Though the information has since vanished from his page, the Beeb’s Lizo Mzimba took a grab of the site when it was still up, showing Aris (shown above right in Sherlock alongside Rupert Graves) playing someone called Senator Jebel. There has been no official announcement as of yet, so we’re obligated to keep this within the realm of rumour for now (sound the klaxon!) but the Spotlight site, an official source for actors’ bios, isn’t known for running specious information. Even if it appears someone has jumped the gun – or the blaster rifle – this time. So far, what we »
As director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) gears up to start principal photography on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, BBC reporter Lizo Mizimba has uncovered what is likely to be a minor piece of casting news, with British actor Jonathan Aris (Sherlock) set to play a character called Senator Jebel.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16th, 2016 and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Diego Luna (Elysium), and Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai).
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- Gary Collinson
According to the actor's Spotlight page, he has been cast as Senator Jebel in the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff.
Star Wars Anthology spinoffs we want to see: From Max Rebo to Dude, Where's My Jar (Jar)?
The movie will follow a band of raiders as they attempt to hijack the Empire's massive Death Star base.
Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker was recently cast in a role that is currently shrouded in secrecy.
Ben Mendelsohn is rumoured to be starring in Rogue One as well, but it was recently suggested that he has yet to sign on the dotted line.
Aris has reportedly been cast as a character called Senator Jebel, and the news of his casting in the film was revealed via his official online CV. That listing has since been removed, and there has been no official announcement as of yet so count this only as rumor for now.
Set in the time between Episodes III and IV, the story follows a brave band of resistance fighters uniting to steal the plans to the original Death Star. It hits cinemas next December. »
- Garth Franklin
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J.A. Bayona may have broken through to the mainstream with disaster drama The Impossible, but the helmer has proven a furious talent in the horror genre. His 2007 chiller The Orphanage ranks among the most spine-tingling horror films of this century, and he’s since honed his instincts on episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Now, he’s gearing up for a dark, almost Guillermo del Toro-esque fantasy in A Monster Calls, adapted from the book by Patrick Ness, and early signs are very promising.
Lewis MacDougall stars as a 13-year-old boy named Conor who, bullied at school and traumatized by his mother’s terminal illness, escapes into a fantasy world populated by a looming tree monster. When said monster follows him home, however, things take a turn for the strange. Liam Neeson is playing the aforementioned monster through motion capture, with Sigourney Weaver playing Conor »
- Isaac Feldberg
True Story, 2015.
Directed by Rupert Goold.
When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.
In his feature film debut, Rupert Goold has chosen to tackle the story of Christian Longo, a man convicted of killing his entire family in December 2001. His taught thriller True Story depicts his relationship with disgraced journalist Mike Finkel. The subject matter is dark and heavy and Goold has created an intense cat and mouse thriller.
In his third “serious” role, Jonah Hill plays Mike Finkel. A character that whilst interesting is almost impossible to route for as he ignores his partner, takes liberties with the truth and gets taken easily under Longo’s spell. Whilst Hill provides a good performance, his casting feels slightly »
- Helen Murdoch
Benicio Del Toro has been offered the main villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII by Disney and LucasFilm. The Wrap reports that discussions are in very early stages, but the actor is Disney's top choice for the role. Neither Disney nor LucasFilm had any comment about the potential casting, and no details were given for the character.
If Benicio Del Toro does sign on, he will be the first confirmed cast member for Star Wars 8, which will be written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is believed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) will reprise their roles in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, but that has yet to be confirmed. Production is expected to begin early next year, with the studios already setting a May 26, 2017 release date.
Shaun The Sheep Movie is finally opening in U.S. theaters on August 5.
It was announced today that Silva Screen Records will release composer Ilan Eshkeri’s ebullient score to Aardman Animation’s latest claymation shenanigans.
Ilan Eshkeri is a British composer and songwriter best known for his concert work, songwriting collaborations, film scores and video game scores.
Recent film work includes Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore won an Oscar, Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea starring Jude Law, 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, and the Oscar nominated The Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes’ second outing as a director. Other films include Oscar winning The Young Victoria, Kick-ass and Stardust.
Eshkeri is currently commissioned to compose a ballet, and »
- Michelle McCue
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