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Disney and Lucasfilm have joined forces to launch a new era in the Star Wars universe, beginning with the Disney Xd cartoon series Star Wars Rebels in Fall 2014, followed by Episode VII in December 2015.
J.J. Abrams is directing the seventh live-action Star Wars installment, drawing from a script draft that he and Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi co-writer Lawrence Kasdan put together – a script that, is turn, is based on the earlier screenplay by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
We spent the entirety of 2013 slogging through what felt like endless casting rumors for Episode VII, but of late we’ve been ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
It was two weeks ago that we learned that Girls breakout Adam Driver will be the new face of evil in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated sequel to Return of the Jedi, and it appears that we will soon know the young Jedi apprentice who will be facing off against Driver's Vader-esque character. According to Variety, multiple sources have confirmed that the actors on Abrams' short list to play the hero include Ed Speleers (Eragon), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Jesse Plemons (The Master), along with stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.
The diverse ethnicity of the top contenders for the lead role adds weight to the rumors that Abrams is straying from the original script for Star Wars: Episode VII drafted by Michael Arndt, which was said to focus on the children of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). The decision to cast »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
A galaxy far, far away is still looking for a hero to wield a lightsaber against the forces of evil.
It might be one of the five actors that Variety reports is up for the lead role in "Star Wars: Episode VII." They are:
Ed Speleers (Jimmy from "Downton Abbey") John Boyega ("Attack the Block") Jesse Plemons ("Friday Night Lights," "Breaking Bad") Matthew James Thomas (Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark") Ray Fisher (the New York production of "Fetch Clay, Make Man")
Sources tell Variety they're at the top of the very long list that director J.J. Abrams has made to find his lead actors. It seems like he's met nearly every young actor and actress in all corners of the business to discuss the highly-anticipated follow-up to "Return of the Jedi."
The lead role is said to be that of a Jedi apprentice, possibly an offspring of either Luke or Leia. »
- Kelly Woo
Matthew Weiner has once again shrouded the new season of Mad Men in Soviet-level secrecy, disallowing cast members from saying anything more specific about their roles on the show beyond “I am still on Mad Men” and “Please redact my previous statement.”
But as the show prepares to unveil Season 7A, the veil has lifted ever-so-slightly. Last week, AMC released a preview, which showed Don disembarking from an airplane, very slowly and mournfully. “Jesus, maybe it’s a metaphor!” we all thought. “Or maybe it’s an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2,” some of us thought. »
- Darren Franich
Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!
British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as »
- Phil Wheat
For the record, we think Star Wars should have ended with Return of the Jedi. And not chronologically. We mean cinematically. 1983 should have been the end of the trilogy. What can we say? We're Star Wars purists. That being said, we are skeptically interested in J.J. Abrams take on Star Wars, so we are more than willing to give him a chance. Now all that being said, this version of Star Wars is cuter than anything ol' J.J. could come up with, so he should just go ahead and start taking notes. Sure, there's no action, dialogue or special effects. However, there is a dachshund dressed up as Chewbacca and two kids dressed as Han Solo and Darth Vader! So, it's got that going for it. Cast whoever »
I know that whenever you look into a toilet bowl you're thinking to yourself… "Man, I would really love to turn this into a Sarlacc pit!" Well, now you can thanks to this awesome set of decals. The decals even play out the scene in which Boba Fett gets swallowed up by the beast in the Return of the Jedi.
The stickers were created by Robbie Rane, and the idea behind the set was born when one of his friends used the phrase "dropping Boba Fett down the Sarlacc pit," when referring to taking a crap.
If you're willing to go through the process of doing what you gotta do to put the stickers in the toilet you can buy them here for $25.
Via: Nerd Approved »
- Joey Paur
Star Wars Pinball (one of my favorite virtual pinball games) the table expansion for Pinball FX 2 from Zen Studios is expanding once again on the Wii U. While it's second set of three table, called the Balance of the Force, has been available for a little bit on the 360 and PS3, it's now finally heading to Wii U owners later this week!
The first expansion in the critically acclaimed Star Wars™ Pinball series is rolling to the Nintendo Wii U eShop in Noa ($9.99) and Noe (€9.99) territories on Thursday, March 13th.
Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force table lineup:
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
That night, my brain conjured up not one but two separate imaginary season finales in dream form. In one, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart tracked the killer conspiracy to an oily Louisiana politician (played, in the dream, by Deadwood veteran Zach Grenier, proving that my brain and True Detective's casting director have a similar attitude about raiding past great HBO dramas for talent). Content they'd gotten their man at last, they didn't notice the hulking, »
Think Project Runway, but with creatures!
That’s one way you could describe the new Syfy series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, on which 10 aspiring creature creators compete to bring the wildest beasts they can think of to life. EW has an exclusive first look at a promo for the series, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how some of these creatures are made.
Brian Henson, chairman of the Jim Henson Company and Jim Henson’s son, will serve as lead judge on the series. Creature designers Beth Hathaway (Jurassic Park, The Walking Dead, and Edward Scissorhands) and »
- Jake Perlman
There are a number of "Star Wars" references in Steven Spielberg's "E.T." This was both a product of the time (it was produced in between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," at what was arguably the height of Jedi-mania) and a reference to the deeply felt friendship between "E.T." director Steven Spielberg and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas (the year before the two had teamed on minor art house hit "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). But thanks to a keen theorist on Reddit, which was picked up and expounded on by Buzzfeed (since Reddit and Buzzfeed are the ying and yang of pointless Internet time-wasting), a new theory has emerged... One that will blow your mind all over your office wall.
- Drew Taylor
Many actors have been rumored for a part in the movie, set for release Dec. 18, 2015, but with filming beginning in a few months, decisions are finally being made about who will inhabit this “galaxy far, far away.”
Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the initial story, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Forget Darth Vader and the Emperor, the new face of evil in the Star Wars universe is that of Girls breakout Adam Driver. The 30-year-old actor is "close to signing on" to play a villain "in the vein" of classic villain Darth Vader, reports Variety. Driver is the first actor officially linked to J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated sequel to Return of the Jedi, though the "Big Three" — Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher — are all expected to reprise their roles in Star Wars: Episode VII in some form or another. Some sources say that many other roles have already been cast, but that Disney/LucasFilm is holding off on the announcements. Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to open Dec. 18, 2015.
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
Adam Driver has been in talks with some big studios for some major roles in recent months, but a new report has him nearing a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The deal isn't done just yet, and there are (obviously) no details to the role itself, but Driver is apparently close to signing on for a role that would rival the iconic Darth Vader. Were this to become official, it would be the first casting news for the highly anticipated film, due out December 18, 2015. Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Driver is nearing a deal to antagonize the heroes in Star Wars: Episode VII. Recently, Driver had been rumored to be in the casting mix but has now emerged as the top choice for the film's villain, beating out such other talents as Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving. The final »
- Dave Trumbore
It seems fortuitous that right now on the HBO series "Girls," the character played by Adam Driver just booked a big Broadway role that could change his life. Now Variety reports the real life actor has a role that will really launch his career. Driver is currently near closing a deal to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, the follow-up to the classic original trilogy that concluded with Return of the Jedi. Though no details on the character are known, sources say the villain is in the same vein as the iconic Darth Vader. Driver has never had a role like this before, but he has a mysterious presence about him that's just perfect. Driver was rumored back in January, and apparently the big hold-up in casting him was ensuring that his schedule for shooting "Girls" wouldn't interfere with Star Wars. However, it's interesting to note that it »
- Ethan Anderton
Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.
Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.
Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, »
- Justin Kroll
In what is the first closest thing we've had to an official cast member announcement, Adam Driver is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. His character is described as being in the same vein as Darth Vader.
No deal is in place yet, but Variety claims the Girls star is very close to signing on. Exact details about the role are unknown.
The 30 year old Driver is the first cast member being revealed by LucasFilm for the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams sequel, which hits theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is set to start filming this April at London's Pinewood Studios. Additional cast members are expected to be announced starting in March, with the first official press releases to come as early as next week.
Adam Driver of “Girls” is apparently close to boarding J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" as the villain, reports Variety. Apparently the character will be in the vein of Darth Vader, but that's not confirmed. The film hits theaters via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on December 18th, 2015. "Episode VII" is set to start filming at Pinewood Studios of London this April, and more cast members should definitely start rolling in very soon for the much-anticipated sci-fi actioner. “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes off where“Return of the Jedi” ended, and is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm as well as Bad Robot's Bryan Burk and Abrams. »
With shooting on the sequel to "Return of the Jedi" set to begin in April, fans can expect casting announcements to start rolling in. Original series stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will be making appearances in "Episode VII," but there hasn't been confirmation of any other actors joining the film (though nearly every young actor in Hollywood has been floated in the rumor mill).
If Driver signs on, he would be the first major confirmed cast member.
As Variety notes, Driver has been Disney and LucasFilm's top choice for a while, but they had to work around the 30-year-old's tricky schedule for "Girls. »
- Kelly Woo
Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18th, 2015. According to Variety, Adam Driver (HBO's Girls) has entered into negotiations with Disney and LucasFilm to play the yet-to-be-named villain in the new Star Wars trilogy. The character is said in the vein of Darth Vader, the legendary antagonist portrayed by David Prowse and Bob Anderson and voiced by James Earl Jones. The studio was reportedly also interested in Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 12 Years a Slave) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) for the role. No further details have been »
- Pietro Filipponi
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