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With The Force Awakens just months away, the next director in the new Star Wars trilogy is eying a new female lead.
According to The Wrap, Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin, Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, and Olivia Cooke of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl are being sought for a female lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Looper director Rian Johnson is taking over the movie from J.J. Abrams.
Maslany is no stranger to Star Wars with the actress allegedly being on the shortlist for Rogue One before Felicity Jones won the part. She has been flirting with making the jump from TV to movies lately and she seems like the most logical choice amongst the three due to her sci-fi roots and the fact that the producers seem already interested in her if she tried for another part.
Rodriguez is on the rise »
- Zach Dennis
It looks like Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) is gearing up to begin casting the new faces we’ll be meeting in his follow up to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he’s beginning with the film’s female lead.
According to The Wrap, the following trio of young actresses are the “top contenders” for the role: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin). Apparently, they’re currently leading the charge, but the site cautions that it’s very early days in the casting process and Johnson is still auditioning “several rising stars” that will reportedly chemistry-read with The Force Awakens star John Boyega (Finn) before next month.
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Lucasfilm and Disney must be big on Maslany for a Star Wars role, because she was also in the running for the »
- Mark Cassidy
It's a new day, and of course that means there's new Star Wars info to share. Here's the latest. New images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens As part of Empire Magazine's behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they have released two new images featuring John Boyega's Finn and a beautiful cover of the film's new droid, Bb-8. Check 'em out, and click on the images to enlarge. Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt snag a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII? We've still got a couple years before Rian Johnson's (Looper) Force Awakens sequel hits theaters, but fans are already buzzing that Johnson has saved a role for his Looper and Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While speaking to Vulture about his upcoming movies...
- Erik Davis
Between Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Felicity Jones’ as-yet-unreveald Rebel from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney has made a pretty good start when it comes to introducing more female characters to the galaxy far, far away. And, if a new rumour is to be believed, that will also continue with 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.
According to Geek Nation, “Disney and Lucasfilm are currently in the midst of looking for a strong, young female character to be featured heavily in Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
Now, it’s certainly not a stretch to imagine that Episode VIII will introduce new characters, but the reports gets a little more interesting / dubious by adding that, “it seems like the new, female character will have strong ties to the Solo family, and all signs seem to be pointing towards her being Han’s daughter. »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company
With the summer blockbuster season coming to an end, it’s time to get hyped for an amazing selection of fall movies. There are dozens of films on the horizon that everyone’s looking forward to; The Hateful Eight, Spectre, The Hunger Games, and a little something called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to name just a few.
But what about the non blockbusters?
These lesser known twelve upcoming films could actually be incredible, but right now they’re being somewhat neglected with everyone so focused on Quentin Tarantino and Han Solo.
Here are 2015’s underlooked fall films you should be more excited for.
Release date: September 18 (Us) / October 9 (UK)
In 2013, the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal film Prisoners was one of the most underappreciated movies of the year, a well constructed thriller with truly memorable characters. Director Denis Villeneuve followed that up with the strange but intriguing Enemy, »
- Brendan Morrow
The D23 Expo had their Marvel and Star Wars panels yesterday, giving those at the conference a chance to catch a sneak peek at some of the biggest properties coming later this year and beyond. Among them: a new director to the Star Wars, a new cast member for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a run-time for The Force Awakens, and a preview at upcoming Pixar movies.
After J.J. Abrams directs The Force Awakens and Looper director Rian Johnson helms Episode VII, Colin Trevorrow, who most recently directed the massive hit Jurassic World, will go behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow is set to direct Book of Henry next as well as help write the sequel to Jurassic World with Episode IX coming out in 2019. It isn’t the most inspired choice, even though Trevorrow just made nearly a billion dollars with Jurassic World, »
- Zach Dennis
The force will awaken in just 125 days, but Star Wars fans didn't learn anything new about the film at Disney's D23 convention on Saturday.
Audiences at the biannual fan expo were, however, informed that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is set to direct Star Wars: Episode IX and saw a first glimpse of the cast of Gareth Edwards' anthology film Star Wars: Rogue One.
But Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out Dec. 18, remains cloaked in secrecy. Director J.J. Abrams, stars Harrison Ford, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Boyega were on hand to wave at the screaming audience in the 7,500-seat auditorium, but revealed no new footage or information about the film.
Ford, who appeared with the cast at Comic-Con in July, spoke briefly when the audience screams died down.
"I'm following in the footsteps of George Lucas, the author of the early parts of my story, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
We obviously know that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while it's already been confirmed that Rian Johnson (Looper) will write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII. Now, Star Wars Episode IX has a director, and it's the man who helmed the third highest grossing movie of all-time, Colin Trevorrow! The news was made official by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn at D23 earlier today. Production is obviously still some time away, but the Jurassic World director will be heading to Lucasfilm this year to start working on the movie which is set for a 2019 release. "Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed," says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. "The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are »
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of ‘Jurassic World’ speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
Trevorrow added, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation »
- Laura Prudom
We’ve been inundated with news from Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the past couple of days [check out all of our Star Wars coverage here], but now we have a little tidbit on the next instalment of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy, with Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) confirming that he’s in the running to play a new villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
“I can’t tell you much about it but I think that it might happen,” Del Toro tells Et. “It looks like it’s gonna happen so I’m very excited. I can’t talk too much about it. The script is hard to get. They told me they’d cut my finger if I talk about it. I saw the original [Star Wars] when it came out and it marked me. I was impressed by the film and by the characters and by the story and the message.”
- Gary Collinson
As things stand, we know the directors for the next four Star Wars movies. Jj Abrams, of course, is the man helming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whilst Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been working on 2016's Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
Which leaves the next thus far open assignment the small matter of 2018's Star Wars: Episode IX, that rounds off the new trilogy that begins later this year.
Two rumours have sprung up this far, and one of them is about to be nixed. Jj Abrams had been linked with the film, coming back to complete the trilogy he started. And »
Well, it looks like J.J. Abrams’ trip into the galaxy far, far away is going to be short lived.
In a recent interview, the director reaffirmed that he would not be returning to direct the ninth entry in the saga. “No, I’m not going to direct Episode IX,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “As much as I am deeply envious of anyone who gets to work with this group of people on the future movies.”
It has been known for sometime now that Rian Johnson (Looper) will be directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, and there have been rumours that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) could helm the final part of the new trilogy. However, those rumours were that he would be announced at Comic Con, which we know didn’t happen.
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- Luke Owen
Though he may not have been fully sold the first time around, it’s fair to say that J.J. Abrams has been instrumental in resuscitating Disney’s space opera in a major way. Not only is he kicking off a new universe with The Force Awakens, but he has also helped map out the future of the rebooted series alongside writer Lawrence Kasdan, who himself has been synonymous with all things Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back.
However, once Abrams’ sequel launches into theaters this December, he’ll move into a different role, switching gears to producer and creative advisor on the episodic entries and Star Wars Anthology films from 2016 onwards.
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In fact, in Entertainment Weekly’s cover story the filmmaker essentially ruled himself out of the Star Wars: Episode IX gig.
“No, I’m not going to direct ‘Episode IX,’ as much as »
- Michael Briers
The (new) doctor is in. The Mindy Project has cast Garret Dillahunt (Justified, Hand of God) in a major Season 4 recurring role, a return to comedy for the actor after he had taken on back-to-back dramatic roles following the conclusion of the Fox sitcom Raising Hope, which he costarred in with Martha Plimpton. Per Deadline, Dillahunt will play Jody, “a new doctor who replaces Mindy while she goes on maternity leave. Jody is a charming southern gentleman with extremely traditional values who thinks that Mindy is a tacky idiot.” It is not yet known in which episode the actor will make his Mindy Project debut. Dillahunt joins an impressive lineup of guest stars for The Mindy Project‘s upcoming fourth season, the show’s first ever on its new home, Hulu, after it was cancelled by Fox at the end of Season 3. Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, Looper) and Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Chris King
Stopping the apocalypse never looked so good. Season 2 of Fox's Sleepy Hollow arrives on Blu-ray in September. Also featured in this round-up: Tony Todd's live performance of Tales from Beyond the Pale at Fantasia has been announced and a trailer for Lost After Dark.
"Nothing is as it seems as the second exhilarating season of the witty, addictive series begins! After Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) risks his life to rescue Police Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) from Purgatory, the two face even greater danger as sinister forces in Sleepy Hollow gain momentum. With Katrina held captive by the Headless Horseman, and Frank Irving mysteriously back from the dead, Ichabod and Abbie must rely on instinct to know who to trust in their quest to permanently »
- Tamika Jones
Benicio Del Toro is in very early discussions to play a villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, according to The Wrap. No other details were reported, and no official confirmation has been made. Rian Johnson was first reported as writer/director back in June 2014, and since then we have heard very little. That's not surprising since it's the followup to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which itself has been wrapped in secrecy. Even though Johnson will be working within a well-defined cinematic universe, we're trusting that his distinctive sensibilities -- as evidenced in time-travel action picture Looper, for example -- will shine through, and that includes the role of the villain. Del Toro would certainly be a great choice. His career...
- Peter Martin
At this point we haven.t even arrived at the release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, but with Disney and Lucasfilm laying out an expanding slate of new films, it.s never too early to look to the future. Looper director Rian Johnson is set to take the helm on Star Wars: Episode VIII, which doesn.t hit theaters until May 2017, but just the other day they cast the film.s main villain, Benicio Del Toro. The Oscar-winning actor is in talks to play the primary antagonist, and while we don.t know who he is, we.ve got some ideas. This is, obviously, sheer conjecture. We don.t even know what happens in The Force Awakens, so trying to predict what is going to happen in the movie beyond that is a bit of a stretch, but looking to the Expanded Universe, there are some »
According to The Wrap, Benicio Del Toro has been offered the lead villain role in "Star Wars: Episode VIII," which will be directed by Rian Johnson (Looper) and expected to go into production early next year. Del Toro is an Oscar-winning actor and is already part of the Disney family, having played The Collector in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." However, he hinted that he may not reprise the role. "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is set to hit theaters on May 26th, 2017. »
According to The Wrap, Lucasfilm has made an offer to Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy, Inherent Vice) to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII, the 2017 follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
As you’d expect with Star Wars, character details are being kept firmly under lock and key, but Del Toro’s character would join the likes of Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) as the latest villains to tussle withour heroes in a galaxy far, far away.
- Gary Collinson
Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro has been offered the role of villain-in-chief for Star Wars: Episode VIII, the untitled second film in Disney’s new trilogy of films based on the iconic space saga, reports the Wrap.
Little is known about the storyline for the new instalment, so the nature of Del Toro’s role also remains nebulous. Episode VIII is being written and directed by Looper’s Rian Johnson. According to the Wrap, it will also include the return of John Boyega as heroic Stormtrooper Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey and Oscar Isaac as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron. It is due to arrive in multiplexes in May 2017, around 18 months after the release of Jj Abrams’ series opener Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 18 December. »
- Ben Child
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