J.J. Abrams is notoriously tight-lipped about his films, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is no exception. We still know very little about the film, and that's just the way he wants it. Which makes it all the more interesting when he does talk about The Force Awakens, which he recently did at the Visual Effects Society Awards, where he was accepting the Visionary Award.
Of course, J.J. didn't say much—we're still over ten months away from The Force Awakens, after all. Still, he talked a bit about the process used to create the film's special effects—they used practical effects wherever they could and wherever it made sense, but there will still obviously be a ton of CGI in the movie—as well as the mysterious new crossguard lightsaber. Apparentl…
Oscar Isaac, who stars as Poe Dameron in this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been fielding a lot of Star Wars questions while promoting his most recent film, A Most Violent Year. In a conversation with The Huffington Post, Isaac commented on whether or not fans and non-fans alike will be happy with the film:
- The last three films weren’t received with as much fervor as the first three. So is "The Force Awakens" a movie that fans of the original 1980s trilogy will be happy with?
- Abso-frickin-lutely. Without question. I think particularly fans of the universe will just be in ecstasy. But I think that even people that haven’t -- there are believe it or not still people that haven't seen or are not fans. I think this will win a lot of new fa…
Entertainment Weekly has been given an exclusive from Lucasfilm and Disney: the names of the characters who we saw in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer! The names were revealed in a really cool way, with the reveals looking like retro Topps trading cards. Back in 1977, Topps put out a number of trading cards for the film we now know and love as Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Below, you can see a gallery of the new characters, along with links that take you to their pages on Wookieepedia.
What do you think of the new names? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
You can imagine that, as a lifelong Star Wars fan, Oscar Isaac is thrilled to be playing a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Episode VII star, who we know from the teaser trailer is playing an X-wing pilot, recently talked to MTV's Josh Horowitz about how excited he is to be in the film, as well as how quick the casting process was. You can watch in the above video.
We also recently revealed new information about Isaac's role in the beginning of the film. For all of the (very little) officially confirmed information about Isaac's yet-to-be-named character, check out Wookieepedia.
You've seen the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens—but you haven't seen it fannotated yet! Wikia has created this "fannotated" version of the trailer—a version with annotations containing fan-generated knowledge—complete with facts and trivia about the new trailer for Episode VII. Each of these facts links to Wookieepedia, so you can learn even more.
Big thanks to fans on Fanpedia and Wookieepedia for helping to create this fannotation!
Have you seen the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? What am I thinking—of course you have! This is a huge day for Star Wars fans, and I'm sure many of us will be watching the trailer on repeat throughout much of the day, dissecting whatever bit of information that you can.
To document as much of that information as possible, Wikia will be creating a "fannotated" version of the trailer—a version of the trailer with annotations containing fan-generated knowledge. The fannotations could be references to past Star Wars stories, information about an actor, connections to rumors, and more. Whatever trivia you see in the trailer, we want to know about it.
Post what you find here throughout the weekend, and we'll see about including it in…
This will be a day long remembered.
Over two years since the announcement that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and would be producing Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens—also known as Episode VII—has been released on iTunes Trailers. Return to a galaxy far, far away and see the first glimpses of what is sure to be next year's mega blockbuster.
You can watch the trailer here:
In addition to the online release, the 88 second teaser can also be seen starting today in 30 movie theaters across North America. In December, and presumably next week, the trailer will have a wider theater release and begin playing in theaters worldwide. You can read a list of the theaters where it is currently playing o…
The long-awaited trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut in theaters around the U.S. on Friday. This is a developing story, so we'll be updating here as news breaks.
UPDATE - 3:47 PM ET: StarWars.com has tweeted the full list of theaters where you can see the trailer this weekend.
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Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, recently spoke to Trish Regan on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart about the slate of upcoming films that the Disney studios have to offer, all the way through 2020. Naturally, no conversation about Disney films would be complete without talking about the recently-named Star Wars: The Force Awakens, otherwise known as Episode VII of the Star Wars Saga. Iger took a few moments to talk about how excited he is for the film, and a bit about how the new title, The Force Awakens, came to be.
Lucasfilm and Disney have officially announced the title for Star Wars Episode VII, which has completed principal photography. And the title is...
Learn all about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and share your reactions to the title in the comments!
MakingStarWars.net reported on a few photos that suggest that Endor, the home of the Ewoks that was first introduced in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, might be making a comeback in Star Wars Episode VII. Check out these photos allegedly taken around Oxfordshire, which is about an hour away from where Episode VII has been filming at Greenham Common. Check out these photos from Star Wars fan Kieran Thomas, who lives in Oxfordshire,
If this is true, it wouldn't be the first time that we've heard about Endor in Episode VII. Past rumors have indicated that the characters would be retracing their original trilogy steps, possibly to find a missing Luke Skywalker, which would bring them to planets like Hoth and the moon of Endor.
We'll find o…
By now, you've probably seen photos of Star Wars Episode VII filming in Greenham in the United Kingdom. The biggest news we've gotten out of that so far is photos of the Millennium Falcon and a few X-wings, including a black one—which I will definitely be buying the toy of when it comes out. And so will you, so don't lie!
An intrepid fan named Rick Lawrence climbed a tree near the location shoot and was able to take a few photos, including some sort of ground-based vehicle and someone in a Rebel flight uniform. A number of the photos have been taken off of his Facebook page, where he posted them, after the photos were reported, but MakingStarWars.Net has the photos. These may contain spoilers, so be careful!
One thing I am continually struck by i…
HeyUGuys recently sat down with Liam Neeson, who is promoting his new film A Walk Among the Tombstones. Asked whether he would have any involvement in Star Wars Episode VII, Neeson said he had not been contacted, but that he would love to play Qui-Gon Jinn again if given the opportunity. Neeson previously portrayed the character in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and provided his voice for Qui-Gon's spirit in three episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
It makes sense that Neeson would not be involved in Episode VII, given that his character did not have any connection to Luke Skywalker or the main heroes of the original trilogy. Of course, we could always see him again if there were spinoff films centering on Yoda or Obi-Wan Kenobi. A…
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that filming has resumed on Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios outside of London. Filming had previously been on a two-week hiatus to accommodate Harrison Ford's recovery, after he injured his ankle in an on-set accident in June. Good luck to all involved on completing the film—and please, no one tell Harrison to break a leg!
Star Wars Episode VII has the seal of approval from Disney CEO Bob Iger. During an appearance on CNBC's "Closing Call" (quotes via Business Insider), Iger briefly spoke about Episode VII, how the production is currently ongoing, and how there was a brief hiatus due to Harrison Ford's injury. Iger also said that he has seen some of the footage from the film.
- "The footage we've seen is very, very exciting to us. I think there's about 500 days left between now and December 18th, 2015 when the movie comes out. That doesn't seem like very long."
Iger also talked about how he knows there's "a lot of pent up demand" for the film, and that Disney is "just as excited as the fans are about it."
Glad to hear it!
Harrison Ford appears to be recovering from his injury rather quickly, based on a new image posted by the New York Daily News. Check out the photo of Ford walking without a cane or a crutch, the latter of which he had been seen using in past photos:
The Han Solo actor, who was injured by a falling door on the set of Star Wars Episode VII, has been on hiatus from filming since his injury nearly two months ago. Rumors swirled that Ford might be out of production for six months, potentially even delaying the film's release until 2016, but this photo would suggest otherwise. I personally never put stock in those rumors—Disney and Lucasfilm were pretty definitive when it came to saying there'd be no release date change, with little wiggle room—so …
J.J. Abrams has a brand new video message from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, urging Star Wars fans to donate to Force for Change, the proceeds of which will benefit UNICEF. If you're lucky, your donation may let you visit the set of Star Wars Episode VII this summer, as a lucky fan and a friend will be chosen to fly to London for a set visit.
But if you're looking for spoilers, then this video has some of that as well. You may notice a familiar starfighter in the video. Check it out and share your reaction in the comments below!
Andy Serkis is making the rounds to promote his new film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which he plays Caesar, the leader of the intelligent apes that will eventually take over the world from humanity. In a recent interview, Serkis talked about how he was cast in Star Wars Episode VII. Though he couldn't say what role he's playing, or if it's live action or motion capture, he did talk about how Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is why J.J. Abrams cast him in Episode VII. Check out the video above, from Jedi News, for more information.
In addition to the news that Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen have joined the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, Lucasfilm has provided an update on Harrison Ford and how his broken leg will affect the Episode VII filming schedule. Here is what Lucasfilm had to say:
- "In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury. Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon. Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015."
Good to hear that Ford is doing well and expected to return soon. Unless this is PR spin, we can assume that the doom and gloom rumors saying…
Lucasfilm has announced that actors Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen have joined the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Both actors were discovered in the open casting calls held at the end of 2013. The casting call took place across the United States and the United Kingdom, where 37,000 people attended in-person while another 30,000 submitted online applications. Of those 67,000 aspiring actors, Clarke and Andersen have made the cut.
Clarke is an American actress who studies in Glasgow in the United Kingdom, and has experience in stage and screen acting. She will be seen in the 2015 film The Moon and the Sun. Andersen is a British actor who is skilled in parkour, skills he showed in a Spider-Man ad in 2012.
Speaking on their casting, Lucasfilm Pre…
Harrison Ford's one-time personal trainer and long-time friend spoke to celebrity gossip website TMZ about how the actor is progressing with rehabilitation from his broken leg, which he sustained on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. So far, it sounds like he's progressing very well.
"He's getting in shape now. He's feeling great and he's rehabbing it," personal trainer Jake Steinfeld said, having talked to Ford and monitoring his injury, adding, "He and I have been friends for a long time, over 30 years, and he is in great shape. He is going to get back even better than he was, and I've been monitoring it with him. He's feeling great and is in great spirits."
When asked how bad the injury was, Steinfeld said, "It's not that bad. He's coming b…
A few days ago, famed Clerks director Kevin Smith revealed he had visited the set of Star Wars Episode VII and that director J.J. Abrams "nailed it." Smith later elaborated on his feelings, as well as responding to criticism from some fans who said that, because he liked the prequel trilogy, he might not be the best judge of whether Episode VII is good. Here is what Smith had to say (via Flickering Myth):
- "I'm really excited and you know, people keep saying that I liked the last trilogy and I did. I liked 1, 2 and 3. But I liked them as an adult, when I watched them they didn't give me the same feeling I had when I was seven watching them for the first time and that's fine. This movie though... Dude, I cried four times. The seven year old in me…
When Andy Serkis was cast in Star Wars Episode VII, it led to many questions about whether his role would be live action or motion capture. Motion capture technology is when an actual human performs a role in a studio while using certain special effects gizmos that allows animators to create a computer-generated characters on top of them. It means that the animators don't have to create a CGI character from nothing, and can use the movements, facial expressions, and overall performance of the actor in their animation. Serkis is most famous for his motion capture roles, including Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit; King Kong in the 2000s film of the same name; and Caesar the ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequ…
Kevin Smith, the famed director behind Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and more, revealed today that he visited J.J. Abrams and the set of Star Wars Episode VII. He signed a Non-disclosure Agreement so he can't tell us anything about the story, but he does want us to know that he thinks the movie is good. Check out his Facebook post:
The Mail Online, the web version of UK's The Daily Mail, has posted new photos of Harrison Ford in London using a brace to help him walk following his injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. The photos show Ford walking without the assistance of anyone else, save for the peg-like brace.
Other than a few news items, I have mostly tried to stay away from reporting on Ford's injury. There's too much uncertainty, too many rumors (some of which are clearly made up), and no official information beyond the fact that he broke his leg. That does not lend itself to worthwhile news coverage and, as we've seen over the last week or two, just causes more alarm.
I'm choosing to report on this rumor because, despite the fact that one of our favorite actor…
Andy Serkis was on Conan last night and briefly talked to host Conan O'Brien about what it's like to be working on Star Wars Episode VII. The famed motion capture actor was announced as part of the cast in April, though it is not yet known what role he will be playing—or if it's a motion capture role.
Serkis is most famous for bringing the villainous Gollum to life in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He is also known for playing the ape Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis was on Conan to promote the film's sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, opening on July 11th.
If there's one kind of Star Wars toy most fans had as a kid, it was undoubtedly Star Wars LEGOs. That tradition won't be changing anytime soon, now that LEGO is getting ready to begin building sets for Star Wars Episode VII. To kick off the production of the new Episode VII models, LEGO released a photo of the Episode VII cast and crew (taken at the table reading in April) entirely in LEGO form. Check it out:
No word yet on what the LEGO sets might be, but we'll keep you updated once more news is released.
Harrison Ford's publicist has spoken to the BBC regarding the actor's leg injury, which he sustained after a door fell on him on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. Despite previous reports that Ford had broken his ankle, the publicist confirmed that he actually broke his left leg.
"His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly," the publicist said. "He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work."
As we reported yesterday, Ford may return to work earlier than his doctors have recommended, allowing the production to film him in scenes that don't require seeing his leg. Past reports had indicated that the actor could be sidelined from the production for as many as eight weeks.
Here's hoping that he gets well soon!
The Daily Express in the United Kingdom is reporting that Harrison Ford, who has been sidelined from the Star Wars Episode VII production ever since injuring his ankle next week, might be returning to the set earlier than expected—against the advice of his doctors.
It had been expected that Ford would miss eight weeks of filming due to his injury, which reportedly occurred when a door fell on him at Pinewood Studios. According to the new report, however, Ford might be ignoring his doctors' advice and plans to return to the set sooner. A source tells Daily Express that Ford "won't be able to do any physically demanding scenes and even walking will be a problem. But there are certain scenes that can be worked around Harrison's injury." It's been s…
There have been a number of questions, and some vague or incorrect statements, regarding whether John Williams has been confirmed to score the entire sequel trilogy or just Star Wars Episode VII. The official Star Wars Twitter account has cleared up the confusion:
Do you want to see Williams return for Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX, or pass the torch onto another composer? If so, who? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The Hollywood Reporter is quoting a source as saying that Harrison Ford, who suffered an ankle injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII last week, will potentially miss eight weeks of filming as a result of his injury. Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed since last week that filming is still taking place on Episode VII, and is still expected to make its December 18, 2015 release date.
We're still awaiting official word from the production about what exactly happened and how it will affect the filming schedule. Odds are, they will re-arrange the shoot to accommodate Ford's recovery. It's also entirely possible that they could film him from the waist up while his ankle injury heals, if it is something he and his doctors feel is appropriate.
Sorry Expanded Universe fans, but Daisy Ridley won't be playing Jaina Solo.
Recently, fans noticed that the Star Wars Episode VII IMDb page listed Ridley as playing Jaina Solo in the new film. Jaina, of course, was the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia in the now non-canon Expanded Universe. She was the only one of the three Solo children to survive throughout the many EU novels, and was beloved by EU fans. As we know from Lucasfilm, however, the Expanded Universe is no longer part of official canon, so we can be pretty sure that Jaina Solo won't be making an appearance (not to say that Ridley couldn't be a newly named daughter of Han and Leia, though).
After fans noticed the listing, Ridley herself tweeted a response, saying "the world a…
Simon Pegg is well known in geek fandom for his great love of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other fan-favorites. He's also been outspoken in his criticism of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, including in the television series Spaced. Over the last year, he's taken to talking about how his friend J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars Episode VII, is a great choice to re-energize the franchise. Watch this video of Pegg below to hear more:
Pegg has famously played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, chief engineer of the starship Enterprise, in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, both of which were directed by Abrams. There are also rumors that he will have a role in Episode VII.
Do you agree with Simon Pegg? Is Star Wars in safe hands? Share your thoughts in the co…
Harrison Ford has sustained an ankle injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII, where he is reprising his role as Han Solo. According to Variety, based on a comment from The Walt Disney Company, "the actor was hospitalized after sustaining a bad ankle injury during filming on Wednesday," and was taken to a local hospital for care. Despite Ford's injury, filming on Episode VII will continue while the actor recovers from his injury.
Despite the total lack of confirmed information about how Ford was injured, there are already anti-Disney Star Wars fans who are commenting that it's because Ford is too old to be in the movie, or that it's a sign that Disney should let the franchise die, or a sign that Disney is ruining things. All we know is that…
Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has decided to have some fun with the recently leaked set photos, which showed a full-sized model of the Millennium Falcon under construction. Here's a tweet sent out by Bad Robot, including a note from Abrams himself:
Notice what the note is sitting on? The game table from the Millennium Falcon, as seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. If you can't make out the writing, it says: "I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie. JJ"
She may not look like much but she's got it where it counts, so we're glad to see the return of the Millennium Falcon! How about you?
Another day, another set image courtesy of TMZ.
TMZ has posted images allegedly from the Star Wars Episode VII set that look to be early stages of construction for a full-scale model of the Millennium Falcon. Other images show what appears to be a X-wing fighter, as well as the hog-like creature first shown in yesterday's reveal.
Check out the aforementioned link to see the images on TMZ.
It's no surprise to see photos of the Millennium Falcon. After all, we know that Han Solo and Chewbacca will be in Episode VII. Where they go, so goes the Millennium Falcon. Seeing the X-wing is also no surprise given the era that the film is set in.
Are you excited to see the return of the Millennium Falcon? Share your reaction in the comments below!
It seems that the Star Wars Episode VII production has left Abu Dhabi and is now in London, where production will be taking place at Pinewood Studios. Bad Robot has tweeted a photo of the Episode VII crew, including director J.J. Abrams, in the city:
Lucasfilm has officially announced that Lupita Nyong'o, long-rumored for a role in the film, and Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Nyong'o gained fame for last year's 12 Years a Slave, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Christie has gained acclaim for her role as Brienne of Tarth in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, and she will be appearing in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, said of the casting: "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
It's not yet clear what roles that either of the actresses will be playing.…
Celebrity news and gossip website TMZ has revealed what are allegedly (and quite obviously) photos from the Star Wars Episode VII set in Abu Dhabi. I won't be posting the images here due to the TMZ watermark on them, but you can click the aforementioned link to scroll through the gallery, where there are 45 images in total.
There are a few things we can tell from these images. For one, the set is chock full of practical effects, from a large creature that supposedly took five people to operate, to the surroundings, and to all of the people; J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy appear to be making good on their promise to cut down on the CGI. This set also appears to be for Tatooine.
We can also see a great throwback to the art of Ralph McQuarrie. …
Star Wars Episode VII stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have apparently left Abu Dhabi, where Episode VIIl began filming a little under two weeks ago. Whether that means the Abu Dhabi shoot is done, Boyega and Ridley's portion is done, or they're just on break is not clear. However, Boyega shared (via Instagram) a photo of the two actors at Star Trek Live, a concert with music from the Star Trek franchise. Check it out below:
Carrie Fisher has never been one to shy away from sharing her opinions, so you might imagine that the secrecy surrounding Star Wars Episode VII is starting to cramp her style. She wouldn't even comment on the script, telling BBC News, "I would get in trouble no matter how I answer that question." Still, that doesn't mean she can't say anything, so she talked about what it was like to assemble reunite with the original cast on-screen for the first time since 1983.
"It is good to have us all in a room because it's unique. I mean, I don't suppose they have reunions for the Gone With the Wind gang." She joked, "I think people should be forced to do it 30 years on, classic films that they had, either to make another film or put together an anecdote…
Star Wars Episode VII actor John Boyega posted a video on Instagram showing how he gets to the Episode VII set. That may not seem all that interesting—until you see how he gets to the set. Check out the video below:
Lucasfilm is giving lucky fans an incredible opportunity: to win a chance to be in Star Wars Episode VII, and get a tour of the set and meet the cast at Pinewood Studios in London. The opportunity was announced via video by director J.J. Abrams, who is currently on location filming in Abu Dhabi.
The contest is for a new initiative called Force for Change, which will raise funds for UNICEF's Innovation Labs and help children all around the world. Disney has committed $1 million to Force for Change, and fans can donate as little as $10 to win a chance for the Episode VII experience. The campaign runs from May 21st through July 18th, and entering means you are helping children in need from all across the globe.
The grand prize includes, via Luca…
Lucasfilm has revealed that Star Wars Episode VII has begun shooting at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom. Check out this photo from the lot, bearing a logo that all Star Wars fans will instantly recognize:
Bad Robot Productions has tweeted an image confirming what we've all been waiting for: the first day of shooting for Star Wars Episode VII has arrived.
Best of luck to the cast and crew as they make what we all hope is a great Star Wars film!
Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy (and who is the uncle of Ewan McGregor), has confirmed that he will not be reprising his role for Star Wars Episode VII. At a screening for his new film The Machine (and as reported by Badass Digest), Lawson said "They asked me [to reprise the role] but it just would have bored me." The actor has previously said he'd only return if Wedge had a larger role.
Although a minor character in the original trilogy, Star Wars fans have always had a soft spot for Wedge. Given that the character has appeared in countless Expanded Universe stories, sometimes as a main character, many fans were eager to see him return for Episode VII. Alas, it is not to be.
What do you think about Lawson turning …
The day we've been waiting for is finally here!
Lucasfilm has officially announced the cast of Star Wars Episode VII:
- "Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film."
J.J. Abrams, the film's director, has said "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
We're getting close, Star Wars fans!
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher have all been spotted in London, where Star Wars Episode VII will begin filming within the next few weeks. Jedi News reported on Ford and Fisher here and here, respectively, while British actor Peter Serafinowicz tweeted a picture of himself with Mark Hamill—who was rocking a Jedi beard.
Star Wars fans may recognize Peter Serafinowicz as the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He only had a few lines, but his voice helped bring the iconic Sith villain to life.
Now, I suppose it could be a coincidence that Hamill, Ford, and Fisher are all in London right now, but come on. We know what's up. All we need is an official announcement of their re…
Putting to rest a year and a half of speculation and uncertainty, Lucasfilm has officially announced that the new Star Wars films, beginning with 2015's Star Wars Episode VII, will not follow the story and continuity of the Expanded Universe set after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. This decision was made in order to give "maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience."
The post-Jedi Expanded Universe, as it stands now, will not be discarded, however. Lucasfilm has said that the creators of new Star Wars stories will continue to mine the Expanded Universe for ideas and inspiration, and that past Expanded Universe stories—including the famous Heir to the Empire by Timothy…
Backing up previous rumors about filming locations, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that Star Wars Episode VII is filming in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Brent Lang, the Senior Film & Media Reporter for Variety, tweeted a number of tidbits regarding what Horn had to say about Episode VII. You can see some of those tweets below:
If Horn is going to London to meet with J.J. Abrams, the director of Episode VII, then presumably that means J.J. is already there getting ready to begin principal photography—which will commence next month. We're getting close!
UPDATE: Variety has posted more information from Alan Horn. According to the chairman, Episode VII was filming in Abu Dhabi "to give that 'Star Wars'-ia…