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Star Wars: The Force Awakens already features a ton of returning players, including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), C-3Po (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker). There.s even a throwback to Darth Vader: his charred, melted helmet popped up in the latest trailer release. In light of the potential for original characters to make their comebacks, actor Ray Park wants to return as Darth Maul. And he has an idea of how to do it. As reported by IGN, Park took the stage during a Q&A presentation at Star Wars Celebration last week. While he spent a chunk of time talking about and showing his skills with the double lightsaber, he disclosed his desire to have Darth Maul back for a standalone movie. If Darth Maul was coming back, he should be topless, tattooed, bigger horns, robotic »
Several more key quotes have come trickling out of the Star Wars Celebration convention over the weekend. Talking about the new "Star Wars Anthology" films, the official title being used by the upcoming "Star Wars" spin-off movies, LucasFilm's VP of development Kiri Hart says:
"Star Wars as much as it is a set of characters... is a place that we can explore in terms of character, in terms of time frame... We really wanted freedom to do some films that would stand on their own - they can vary in scale, they can vary in genre, they can introduce new characters and new places, and they can still be Star Wars."
Lucas film's Kathleen Kennedy says the idea for these anthology films came from George Lucas himself: "It was really George's idea, not only picking up the saga again - which he never envisioned he would do... he was »
- Garth Franklin
Part of Star Wars Celebration's Friday schedule was a panel with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace star Ray Park, which was live-streamed for fans who couldn't make the trip down to the Anaheim Convention Center. The actor also spoke with IGN, where he revealed that he would love to reprise his role for a Darth Maul stand alone movie. Take a look at what he had to say below.
"I would love to be disciplined, like not eat anything for four months, and be shredded and do the whole tattoo body effect like you see in the comics and the novels. I'd love to do that! If Darth Maul was coming back, he should be topless, tattooed, bigger horns, robotic legs! I would love to do it!"
Of course, a Darth Maul stand alone movie has not been confirmed by Disney and LucasFilm quite yet, and it »
Star Wars Celebration surely has something for every type of Star Wars fan, even those who love the prequel trilogy. Earlier this week, we reported that select Star Wars Celebration panels and events will be streamed live to the fans, and the second live stream for today celebrates martial artist/actor Ray Park, who played Sith warrior Darth Maul in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. We'll have to see what the actor has in store for the Celebration crowd, but at least you can see it live right here, with the panel running from 11:30 Am Pt to 12:30 Pm Pt.
Before he became the iconic Sith Darth Maul, Ray Park was an internationally-renowned martial artist, holding a second-degree black belt in Wushu. After serving as a martial arts adviser to the stunt coordinator on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and also playing one of the Reptiles, he »
The full schedule for Star Wars Celebration 2015 has been released, with over 250 events jam-packed into the four-day event taking place from April 16 through April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can check out the full schedule if you clickHere, but we have laid out some of the highlights for you. Take a look at what Star Wars Celebration will have to offer below.
Thursday, April 16
Don't miss the big kickoff for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be on the Celebration Stage, joined by special guests. This panel is scheduled to be simulcast to the Digital Stage from the Celebration Stage. Celebration Stage
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Paramount may have finally found a director for G.I. Joe 3. After G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu jumped ship to make Jem and the Holograms for Blumhouse, the studio scrambled to find a replacement, with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell‘s name at one point ending up in the mix before he moved along. Now, though, Deadline is reporting that Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is in “early discussions” to take over the blockbuster franchise.
THR adds that, before a deal could be reached, Caruso would have to receive a stamp of approval from franchise star Dwayne Johnson, currently the only actor confirmed to return for the threequel. It makes sense that Ray Park’s Snake Eyes, Adrianne Palicki’s Lady Jaye, D.J. Cotrona’s Flint and Elodie Yung’s Jinx would all make appearances in G.I. Joe 3, but whether screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin will see fit to introduce »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever (2002) Director: Kaos Stars: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Ray Park After a young boy is kidnapped by rogue special agent Sever, a former operative named Ecks is brought in to track her down and recover a dangerous weapon. But in an unbelievable twist, not everything is as it seems!!!! Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever is remarkable for many reasons. For one, the unnecessarily complicated title is just laughable. "Ballistic" is clearly a generic »
- Jason Adams
There are now two crucial trios in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first is Han, Luke and Leia, obviously. And the second one emerged this week when it was revealed that a trio of martial artist fighters from The Raid 2 had been cast in the movie. The news comes from Twitch Film's Todd Brown, who was a producer on The Raid 2 so he certainly has verifiable ties to Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman. They are the powerhouse trio who punched, kicked, jumped, stabbed, shot and just dominated the screen in one of the best martial arts movies ever made. It's possible that they'll appear in the movie under makeup (as martial artist Ray Park did as Darth Maul) or that they're just body doubles for some of the other actors, but...
- Peter Hall
With the movie set to hit in little under twelve months, we all thought we heard all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens casting new we had to hear. But it looks like Jj Abrams has one more surprise left up his sleeve, with Twitch reporting that The Raid and The Raid 2's lead Iko Uwais, as well as co-stars Yayan Ruyhian, and Cecep Arif Rahman joining the cast of the highly anticipated return to a galaxy far, far away. There is no word on who they will be playing, but considering their background, it is safe to say they will be highly psychical roles, hopefully on par with fellow martial artist Ray Park's fantastic and memorable turn as Darth Maul. I think we all know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released December 18th. »
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens just advanced a bunch of spots on our list of most anticipated movies of 2015. All of you who were shocked to see the upcoming “Episode VII” only place at #12 instead of #1 can rest easy today. We were obviously just keeping things in perspective so that we’d have room for growth when the movie dropped its next casting bombshell. And here it is: according to Twitch, three stars of Gareth Evans’s The Raid movies have joined the ensemble in J.J. Abrams‘s Star Wars sequel. Hell yes. Those leaping into the Galaxy Far Far Away are lead ass-kicker Iko Uwais along with Yayan Ruhian (“Mad Dog” in The Raid: Redemption and “Prakoso” in The Raid 2) and Cecep Arif Rahman (“The Assassin” in The Raid 2). There’s no information on who or what they’ll be playing, but we can assume that this late in the game they’re »
- Christopher Campbell
10 items from 2015
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