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Jj Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek) attended a conference on Saturday and was asked about how difficult it was to convince Paramount Pictures to let Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) direct "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," since Bird never directed a live-action film before. "There was a movie before 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' called 'Mission: Impossible III,' when a TV director was shoved down the throat of the studio because Tom Cruise said, 'I want this guy to direct the movie,'" said Abrams. He explained that during the early stages of "Mission: Impossible III," the movie lost its director, causing the studio to go into panic mode to find a replacement. Despite tight deadlines and plenty of money at risk, Cruise forced the studio to have a meeting (at Cruise's house) with Abrams, who at that point only directed a few episodes "Alias," "Lost" and "Felicity. »
By Ryan Rigley
With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford all rumored to be reprising their roles (as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo respectively), J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" is quickly shaping up to be the film that fans had hoped "The Phantom Menace" would be. Up until last week, the three "Star Wars" alumni were the only casting rumors out there, but now, thanks to the often-trustworthy Latino Review, the casting floodgates have been opened!
Jonathan Rhys Meyer, who has previously worked with J. J. Abrams on
"Mission: Impossible 3," is reportedly in talks to play an as-of-yet unknown character in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. While it's entirely likely that Meyer will be playing a new role tailor-made for the new trilogy, we can't help but wish he was playing one of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy. Take the Modal Nodes for instance, »
- MTV Movies Team
The Lost creator and director of the irritatingly gappy Star Trek films knows a thing or two about scriptural fudges. Let's pray he doesn't put another universe at risk with his breakneck pacing
Spoiler warning: read if you've seen Star Trek: Into Darkness
When Jj Abrams was announced earlier this year as the surprise director of the new Star Wars film following Disney's $4bn buyout of George Lucas's gently disintegrating space opera empire in October, there were few dissenting voices to be heard. Here was a director who had taken rival sci-fi film series Star Trek and reinvigorated the whole affair with some much-needed razzmatazz, in the process transforming a saga that had been a niche concern for decades into a must-see proposition for anyone remotely interested in big-budget spectacle-heavy film-making. This was after turning round the Mission: Impossible series following John Woo's dumb second instalment with »
- Ben Child
“J.J. is the genius kid who has a great personality too so you can’t hate him,” chuckles long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Scott Chambliss who has done production design work for him ever since they brought the television series Felicity [Wbtn, 2000 to 2001] to the small screen. “He’s quick on the draw and is also brave. The telling moments for us in terms of the transition were at the beginning of Mission: Impossible 3 . It was being strongly suggested to him that he surround himself with a bunch of well-known seasoned pros on every level, in front and behind the camera. J.J. made a strong case that he’d do a better job for them if he brought some of his key players with him; once J.J. »
straight outta Cannes
Guardian wonders why Sofia Coppola is so obsessed with pole dancing. The pole is back for Bling Ring
McN David Poland has several capsule thoughts on Cannes films. This is my favorite type of festival review since I find that festival environments are not good for full length reviews and yet people persist in lengthy split second reactions anyway. Let the movies marinate. But he hates the explicit gay sex drama Stranger by the Lake and thinks it wouldn't be in the festival it it were hetero explicit
In Contention gives the same film fuller consideration
Apple Daily Tony Leung Chiu Wai -at Cannes for his wife's new film -- meets Ang Lee for dinner. Chinese press follows but the Lust, Caution pair are not reuniting any time soon (shame). Tony tells the reporters that he's seen Zhang Ziyi already, too.
Ultra Culture lists ten selfless acts »
- NATHANIEL R
The usually trustworthy folks over at Latino Review have taken the first crack at reporting which actor will be some of the new blood on J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII," and it's somebody that the director has previously worked with.
Jonathan Rhys Meyer had a memorable role in Abrams' "Mission: Impossible 3," but didn't make the jump to "Ghost Protocol" with director Brad Bird, and he, according to Latino Review, is the first actor in talks for the new "Star Wars."
So what does this mean for "Star Wars"? There's no information in the Latino Review story other than Meyers' name, so take it with a grain of salt for now. The reliability of Latino Review has »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Take this news with a big grain of salt, but word on the street is that J.J. Abrams has found the man he'd like to have star in the new "Star Wars" trilogy, and it's "The Tudors" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
This report comes from Latino Review and, again, is not confirmed. Meyers' part would apparently be a "co-starring role," meaning "Star Wars: Episode VII" will likely feature an ensemble cast like the original three "Star Wars" movies instead of having one primarly leading role like in the prequels.
There's no word on what specific part Meyers could be playing, but it would make sense that Abrams would turn to him. The two men previously worked together on "Mission: Impossible III," and Meyers does have the look of the "Star Wars" universe. Up next he's starring in NBC's "Dracula" and in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."
So far there »
"Star Wars: Episode VII" possibly has its first actor.
Photos: The Cast Of Star Wars: Then & Now
Details about what role Meyers is reportedly in talks to play are not known.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" has a tentative release date of 2015.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reportedly in talks for an unknown role in the highly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII. If a deal is made, the actor will reunite with his Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams.
Earlier this month, we reported that production will begin in early 2014, with shooting to take place in the U.K.
Now that Star Trek Into Darkness has finally been released in theaters, director J.J. Abrams is free to focus the majority of his time on that other beloved franchise that he’s reviving: Star Wars. While plot details have been (and will be) kept under firm wraps for quite some time, we do know that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is hard at work on the screenplay, and he was even seen with Abrams in London at the Into Darkness premiere, so it’s clear that the two are knee-deep in development on Episode VII. With production looking to get underway in London in early 2014, Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are likely starting to think about casting. A recent report has now surfaced that claims Abrams has already zeroed in on one actor for the film: Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Hit the jump for more. The folks over at Latino Review »
- Adam Chitwood
Star Trek Into Darkness was this week’s biggest film and the sequel to a franchise reboot produced by J.J. Abrams. The guy has his hand all over television with Fringe, Revolution, Alias, and plenty others and has made a solid career as a director with Mission: Impossible III and Super 8. I don’t want to say that he’s struggling with bringing people to see Star Trek but it does feel that way. While the film did place first with $70.5 million this weekend, I can’t help but feel Star Trek in this generation doesn’t really appeal to a mass audience.
- Jonathan Silva
After the swarm of rumors that circulated about who might be behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII, before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director, it sounds like the casting rumors are heating up again. We've already heard plenty of talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original sci-fi saga, but now we have a rumor on a new young cast member for this sequel that will follow Return of the Jedi. Latino Review reports that Abrams' Mission: Impossible III star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is currently in talks for an unknown role in the anticipated sequel. More below! Considering Rhys Meyers already has a working relationship with Abrams, that's a decent enough indicator. And while it's likely that the actor might have been contacted about a potential role, it seems like it's a little too early to have him being eyed »
- Ethan Anderton
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is coming in 2015 and we can pretty much expect news (and speculation) about the movie to appear on a fairly regular basis from now until then. Currently we know that J.J. Abrams is directing a script from Michael Arndt and that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all due to appear. Now, a report comes from Latino Review that the star of "The Tudors," Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is being added to the cast. They point out that the actor appeared previously in Abrams' "Mission: Impossible III" and consequently already has a relationship with the director. What »
- HitFix Staff
Now that Star Trek Into Darkness is out in the world and racking up cash, it's safe to turn our attention to where director J.J. Abrams will boldly go next, which is of course Star Wars: Episode VII. The amount of actual confirmed information is vastly outweighed by endless rumors, and now we've got another unconfirmed report to add to the pile. The scoopsters at Latino Review, who have been busy digging up info on the new Star Wars production, say that an offer is out to Jonathan Rhys Meyers to take a starring role in the film? Who will he play? No telling. Will Abrams or anybody confirm it? Don't count on it. But Meyers makes as much sense for a role in the film as anybody else, having played a role in Abrams's own Mission: Impossible III, and making his name as the star of The Tudors »
Meyers previously worked with Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III". No word on what role it will be. [Source: Latino Review]
Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay which focuses on the don’s career as a gangster boss and his son, who decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. [Source: Variety]
She is expected to be joined by other well-known Chinese actors as »
- Garth Franklin
Rumors surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII continue to swirl on the web. The latest comes from the inimitable El Mayimbe from Latino-Review, who believes Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to star in J.J. Abrams’ new take on latest installment of the Star Wars franchise. Irish actor and model Rhys Meyers who appeared in Abrams’ big screen directorial debut, Mission: Impossible III is more well-known for his lead part in ‘The Tudors,’ which earned multiple awards and four seasons on Showtime (Man of Steel leading man Henry Cavill also stars). There’s no information of what role Meyers could potentially be playing in Star Wars: Episode »
- Nick Martin
As of right now, there's still no official casting for Star Wars: Episode VII, but at this point it's common sense that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will be back to reprise the roles that made them famous. Of course, there's still several other lead characters that need to be cast in the film as well. We've heard several times already that this seventh film in the saga will pass the torch to a younger generation of actors.
According to El Mayimbe from Latino Review, one of the actors that Disney, Lucasfilm, and J.J. Abrams are looking at is Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The actor worked with Abrams in 2006's Mission: Impossible III. According to the site, "this is a name that has been thrown around a lot." There's no confirmation of this, and the film is still early in the process of development.
There's no word on who »
- Joey Paur
The folks over at Latino Review, a respected and well-known source for breaking news and pretty much getting it spot on, are suggesting Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in final negotiations to lead director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor is best known for roles in Bend In Like Beckham, From Paris With Love and seductive period costume drama series The Tudors, but has previously worked with Abrams on action sequel Mission: Impossible III.
There is still no word on what role he’ll take but it’s expected he’ll join up with the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the space saga slated for summer 2015 from a screenplay from Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.
- Craig Hunter
The actor is in line to reunite with the Mission: Impossible 3 director in the highly-anticipated sequel, according to Latino Review.
Little is known about the follow-up to 1983's Return of the Jedi so far.
Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled to arrive in 2015.
'Star Wars' actors - then and now - photo gallery: »
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
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