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Washington, April 19: Disney will soon be launching a set of four new children's books based on the original 'Star Wars' trilogy.
Disney said, in a statement, the books will hit shelves beginning in Oct er, with the publication of 'The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight,' by author Tony Diterlizzi. The artwork would be done by Ralph McQuarrie, from the concept art that he created for the original trilogy, CNET reported.
The authors writing the other three books are Tom Angleberger, Adam Gidwitz, and Rj Palacio.
Disney said Angelberger will write a retelling of 'Return of the Jedi' while Palacio will write a. »
- Anita Agarwal
Anyone who knows David Lynch’s work is familiar with his penchant for messing with the audience. One only has to look at how he ended his popular series Twin Peaks, or pretty much any part of the mind-bending Eraserhead, to realize this. Even though in the early 1980s, Lynch had been courted as a potential director for some major films (including Return of the Jedi… wouldn’t you have liked to see the Ewoks in that version?), he had his big studio break with the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. While it was a commercial and critical failure, Dune also represents Lynch’s subversive filmmaking nature, more than some people even realize. At the time, Hollywood was looking for the next Star Wars, much like how they are furiously searching for the next Hunger Games now with films like Divergent and The Maze Runner. Dune had been in development since the early 1970s, and »
- Kevin Carr
Artist Tony Warne, aka Jedi-Art-Trick, has created a lot of Star Wars art. We are featuring just a few pieces today, and the most interesting one he's simply titled "Leia and Vader," but as you can see, the art doesn't fit any canon storyline.
Warne had this to say about the piece:
This was just me really wanting to paint a redeemed (yet still alive) Darth Vader and Leia wearing a white getup like Padme wore in episode 2, just for fun. The idea came from the Star Wars Infinites Return of the Jedi comic, in which Vader is actually saved by Luke and Leia and turns away from the dark side, joining the rebellion. In the last panel, he dons a completely white suit of his armor. I thought that was a neat idea, but the white armor was a bit much. I just wanted to give a little more "sith-turned-jedi" vibe from him, »
- Free Reyes
The Force is with him! The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, a lifelong Star Wars nut, will flash back to the 1983 release of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi for the sitcom's May 6 episode (9/8c, ABC). The plot has young Adam (Sean Giambrone) blackmailing his sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), to wait in line with him on opening day of the movie, where they meet a bunch of costumed fans including guest star Thomas Lennon.
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- Michael Logan
It's been rumored for a long time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing a villain in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. There was a time when the actor was coy about it, but when he was asked about it in a recent interview with The Iris, he said that it's not going to happen.
"I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly."
At one point there was almost no doubt that the actor would be in the movie. Maybe he was going to be in the movie but things changed. I guess there's still a chance that he's just pulling our leg, but who knows at this point. The role would have been a Sith villain, which would supposedly be a major role that will continue throughout the whole new trilogy.
The casting for the movie is almost complete, and it »
- Joey Paur
After being rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII for several months, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed at Australia's Oz Comic-Con that he will not be a part of director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel. Australian entertainment site The Iris was live-tweeting his Q&A session over the weekend, where he also revealed that he wont' be a part of the Doctor Who universe either.
I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly
— The Iris (@TheIrisAU) April 12, 2014
I'm never gonna play The Doctor, & nothing to do with the Whoniverse
— The Iris (@TheIrisAU) April 12, 2014
We first heard about the actor's possible involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII back in September when he was rumored to play a Sith Lord in the sequel, although he also revealed later that week that he hadn't been offered a role. Director J.J. Abrams hinted later that month that he "loves that guy, »
Long rumored to be taking on a role in the franchise, Australian site The Iris (via Metro ) was present for a Q&A session with actor Benedict Cumberbatch at Oz Comic-Con where the actor shot down any hopes that he might appear in Star Wars: Episode VII . "I would've liked a part in Jj's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly," the actor reportedly said, before also shooting down any potential appearances in the BBC series "Doctor Who." Scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew »
Our friends at The Film Cell have this week uploaded pictures of a life size Han Solo in carbonite replica that is now available to buy in the UK. The replica version of Harrison Ford frozen in carbonite is just like in the movies. Standing at seven and a half feet tall, every detail is as per the prop used in the Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi. The life size Han Solo in Carbonite from Sideshow Collectibles is a fantastic recreation made from mainly fiberglass and features film-accurate light effects in the base, vents at the side and power canisters to the rear.
The life size Han Solo in Carbonite doesn’t come cheap at £6999.95(!) but we guess you have to pay for quality… Due to the size and price of this item it is only available for pre-order. Check out pics below:
- Phil Wheat
Davis originally fronted a pilot episode in November. The show will follow the format of contestants trying to complete rows on a giant board of famous faces by deciding whether they agree or disagree with the answers the celebrities have given to general knowledge questions.
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- Press Association
Tatooine may be pretty far from the bright center of the universe, but the desert world will reportedly continue to be important to the "Star Wars" galaxy. J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Episode VII" will head to the Middle East in May, where Abu Dhabi will stand in for Luke Skywalker's home planet, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The United Arab Emirates city-state is reportedly replacing Tunisia, where the Tatooine scenes from the previous "Star Wars" films were shot. The report claims that the switch was made due to the ongoing political instability in the North African country. Universal's "Fast & Furious 7" is also currently shooting in Abu Dhabi, after resuming production earlier this month. Tatooine was a major setting in the original 1977 film, 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace," while both "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" also had pivotal scenes take place there. »
- HitFix Staff
Following yesterday's report that Star Wars: Episode VII will utilize locations in Morocco to recreate Luke Skywalker's home on Tatooine, The Hollywood Reporter is now confirming that the shoot will actually take place in the United Arab Emirates city-state of Abu Dhabi.
The production begins in mid-May, and will last for four weeks. Our original report from last week claimed shooting would only last for two weeks, but it seems that the cast and crew will need to spend additional time on the desert planet. The sequel will also be shot at Pinewood Studios in London.
George Lucas used the country of Tunisia for the Tatooine locations, but sources claim that the political climate there is now too dangerous to host a big-budget Hollywood movie. Tatooine was the home to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the original and prequel trilogies, along with the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oxford-educated actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers may land a key role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Production is in the middle of an extended casting search in London in advance of a May production start date.
Richardson-Sellers has not been offered the undisclosed role. The trade also reports that the role may be for that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi, which was previously rumored by the trade a while back.
Walt Disney Pictures declined to comment.
Star Wars: Episode VII takes place thirty years after Return of the Jedi. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi represented the end of the Star Wars series on film but the story for Episode VII will be original and written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
- Kellvin Chavez
She doesn’t have a single acting credit to her name, but Maisie Richardson-Sellers is said to to be in the running for what has been described as ”an undisclosed and possibly major role” in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII.
The Oxford-educated actress could be in line for the part which was recently described in a casting call as a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Obi Wan Kenobi. In the film (which takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi) she would presumably have a vital role.
Hundreds of actors have auditioned, and The Hollywood Reporter does say that other sources tell them that Richardson-Sellers hasn’t been offered a role. It’s interesting to see her name emerge however.
- Josh Wilding
Following a report last week that Star Wars: Episode VII would shoot for two weeks in Morocco comes word, via The Hollywood Reporter , that four weeks are now being targeted in Abu Dhabi. It is unclear whether or not this would replace plans to film in Morocco or if both locations will be utilized, likely doubling for Tatooine, the desert planet that has appeared in every chapter of the Star Wars saga except The Empire Strikes Back . Scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford are all heavily rumored to appear as older incarnations of their beloved »
Unknown actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers might be prepping for a major big screen debut. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that the young talent is up for an undisclosed role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII . The trade goes on to theorize that the role may be that of one of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendants, a previously-rumored part that they report is still open. Scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford are all heavily rumored to appear as older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, while names like »
Washington, April 10: Speculations are rife that an unheard of actress, who has studied from Oxford University, is in talks with the producers of `Star Wars: Episode VII` to star in the film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Maisie Richardson-Sellers may land an undisclosed key role in the high-profile Disney/Lucasfilm production even though she has no movie credits to her name.
Rumours suggest that she may have been cast as a young mixed-race woman, possibly a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi, in the film that takes place 30 years after 1983's 'Star Wars: Episode III: Return of the Jedi'. (Ani) »
- Machan Kumar
British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers is the latest name to be linked to Star Wars: Episode VII.
Richardson-Sellers, an Oxford-educated unknown who has appeared in university plays and a short film, is reportedly being lined up to play a descendent of Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Lucasfilm are currently in the middle of an extended casting search in London ahead of a filming start date next month.
Abrams and Lucasfilm are yet »
We learned this week that much of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast is set. However, we are not privy to that information, so we subsist on rumors. There is now speculation that Maisie Richardson-Sellers is up for a key role as part of an extended casting search in London. Star Wars: Episode VII would be the first feature credit for Richardson-Sellers, an Oxford-trained actress. Heat Vision suggests the role of "a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi" is a good fit. But Disney declined to comment and sources say Richardson-Sellers has not yet been offered the role. J.J. Abrams is gearing up for principal photography in May (preliminary filming is already underway), so all will be revealed soon enough. Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015. More after the jump. Here's what we know: The story picks up 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. »
- Brendan Bettinger
1. preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
All of these many parallels between projects speaks to a continuity between the relaunched franchise and its original incarnation that is likely to calm the nerves of many an anxious fan.
But it also may point to Abrams’ own Star Wars fandom — he has spoken on numerous occasions about the impact George Lucas’ original trilogy had on him — and bring a nostalgia to the new series that could overwhelm its forward momentum if left unchecked. (Disney chief Alan Horn, in an interview with THR‘s Stephen Galloway on April 2, had admitted problems with getting the script right and revealed that the film is already shooting.)
As much as »
The home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, Tatooine, will play a role in J.J. Abrams’ wildly anticipated series update Star Wars: Episode VII, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s no real reason to doubt THR’s story, especially after news broke a little while back that the film would be shooting in Morocco for a few weeks, so we’re considering this rumor to be a lot more reliable than many others that have emerged over the months.
Most of the original Tatooine sets existed in Tunisia, but it’s currently unknown whether or not Abrams will move production there after wrapping on the film’s Morocco set. Disney is obviously sparing no expense on Star Wars: Episode VII, so whether or not he ends up shooting the film’s Tatooine scenes in Tunisia as well is likely entirely dependent on how large a role the desert planet »
- Isaac Feldberg
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