and Carrie Fisher at Celebration Europe II.]]
At Celebration Europe II, one of the highlights of the final day was the panel "Mark Hamill: The Jedi Returns" with none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. He talked a bit about his time on Star Wars, and also spent some time talking about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. One of the biggest rumors in Hollywood is that Hamill, along with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, will reprise their original Star Wars roles in some capacity for the sequel trilogy. Naturally, fans are eager to hear what Hamill has to say.
Hamill says he doesn't know much about Episode VII but that he thinks they're making the right decisions so far. He also has faith in Disney, saying that they've done well with Pi…Read more >
The return of John Williams wasn't the only thing that Kathleen Kennedy made fans happy about today. During her talk at Celebration Europe II, the Lucasfilm President talked briefly about the special effects that will be used in Star Wars Episode VII. Specifically, Kennedy wants to return to the roots of Star Wars's effects:
- "Much like many of you, looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feeling in what the early films did in combination with real locations and special effects—that's something we're looking very seriously at. We're going to find some really cool locations for Episode VII. We’re going to use ever tool in the toolbox for this movie."
One of the criticisms of the prequel trilogy was its reliance on special effects over pr…Read more >
This morning, at Celebration Europe II, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that legendary Star Wars composer John Williams will return to score Star Wars Episode VII. A follow-up announcement was posted to the official Star Wars website.
"I've loved doing all the Star Wars films," Williams said in a video announcement, "with all the fanfare and flourish and the galaxy far, far away... I actually feel like I'm still in it. I've never really left it. Having worked on all the six films, I'm just happy to be continuing to part of the whole fun of doing it."
Williams hasn't seen the script or the story for Episode VII, but he anticipates references to the first six films that would allow for the use of previous music, much like he has done in…
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At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Samuel L. Jackson was on hand to promote his upcoming film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. During the panel, he revealed that he had a brief run-in with J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford at George Lucas' recent wedding, where Jackson asked if he could reprise his role as Mace Windu—sort of. As reported by Yahoo! Movies, Jackson said:
- "J.J. was there, I was there. I was like [raises eyebrows] and he was like [noncommittal shrug], and he just went about his business. I don't know what that means. Harrison was there too, and he was like [shrug]. I just think it would be cool to have some of us that people relate to as being part of the `Star Wars' franchise to give entire to the new characters that they're going t…
Simon Pegg has made it no secret that he didn't like the prequel trilogy. His old comedy series Spaced notoriously skewered Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, with his character in a deep depression over how bad he thought the movie was. Now, though, the actor sees a saving grace for Star Wars: director J.J. Abrams. Pegg, who played Scotty, chief engineer of the starship Enterprise, in Abrams' Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, talked at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 and said of the Star Wars Episode VII director:
- "I had mixed emotions when I found out that J.J. was doing Star Wars. My first thought was, 'Oh no, Dad's had another baby. We're not the cute kid anymore, he's going to be playing with the baby now.' And then I was like, 'Geez, it's go…
Excitement for Star Wars Episode VII continues to build, especially for what everyone is assuming to be the return of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. Much of that excitement is being felt by the Son of Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who talked a bit about the film to The Hollywood Reporter.
"We want this to happen," Hamill said of the trio's return to the galaxy far, far away. "How could I not take this ride? They're making all the right moves, like Michael Arndt as the writer. Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3 -- he writes humor and he writes heart."
But should Luke Skywalker and his friends still be the main characters of the new trilogy? "I'm not someone who looks to recapture the glory of when I was in my 20s. I think it'll proba…Read more >
The Eleventh Doctor is ready to jump back in time to a galaxy far, far away.
Matt Smith, who plays the eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord on the legendary British television series Doctor Who, told IGN at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 that he'd love to have a role in Star Wars Episode VII. When asked about whether he would appear in a future Star Trek film, the actor said "Yeah, I would, or Star Wars. Just putting it out there."
The British actor had nothing but praise for Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and would love to work with him. "I love Star Trek and I love J.J. Abrams. What that man can do with a steady cam is amazing."
You can check out the full IGN video below:
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At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Harrison Ford and Roberto Orci sat down with MTV to talk about their new film Ender's Game, in which Ford stars and Orci produces. During the interview, Ford was asked whether he was excited about the prospect of returning to the role of Han Solo for Star Wars Episode VII. The actor, who has been notoriously tight-lipped about the new film, said that "I'm not prepared at this time to have an in-depth conversation about...what did you call it again?," he joked. "Star Wars!" he exclaimed. "No, I can't talk about it."
He may not be able to talk about his role in Star Wars, but he does have nothing but kind words for J.J. Abrams, who he thinks is the right director for Episode VII. "I think he's a great storyteller," Fo…
Anyone can see that established franchises make an extraordinary amount of money at the box office these days. Just look at Marvel, another Disney property. Last year's The Avengers made over $1.5 billion at the box office, and this year's Iron Man 3 made over $1.2 billion. Studios count on franchises to be successful. Star Wars, which is already one of the most successful franchises of all time, is no different for Disney.
It should therefore come as no surprise that Star Wars Episode VII is expected to make a ton of money at the box office when it's released in 2015. According to Michael Senno of the financial services firm Credit Suisse, the film will likely make at least $1.2 billion in the global box office, merchandising, and more, netting …Read more >
Ray Park brought the menacing Sith Lord Darth Maul to life in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and even fans who don't like the Star Wars prequels tend to be a fan of the character. In fact, one of the biggest criticisms is that the character was gone so soon. But now that Maul has been resurrected in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, might we see that change in the new films?
Talking to MTV, Park said he's ready and willing to return for more Star Wars—and he was a big fan of how Lucasfilm brought Darth Maul back in The Clone Wars, where the character was voiced by Sam Witwer (who also played Galen Marek/Starkiller in The Force Unleashed).
“Just give me food and water, and I'm there," Park joked.
The actor said that if he returns to Star Wars, he w…Read more >
Samuel L. Jackson, who played Jedi Master Mace Windu in all three films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, has never made it a secret that he wants to be in Star Wars. When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was in pre-production, Jackson told George Lucas that he wanted to be in the film, even if it was just as a stormtrooper. Though he eventually became Mace Windu and played the character's death in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Jackson is ready for more. In an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in the United Kingdom, Jackson said:
- "I want to be in Star Wars now too, in J.J's Star Wars. I mean, come on. Jedi fall from incredible heights and a lot of them have lived with one hand. I think I could handle it."
Comedian Nick Frost, al…Read more >
The Sun in the United Kingdom has allegedly heard some new clues from unnamed sources about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford appearing in Star Wars Episode VII. According to the report, the actors have been hired trainers to help them get back into Star Wars fighting shape.
Before going any further I just want to say that I hate the fact that I'm writing about this since it's incredibly shallow, but it's news so I feel compelled to report it to you anyway.
According to the source, Hamill and Fisher have both been told by the studio to go on a diet before reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, respectively. Both actors will be given a nutritionist and trainer, because, according to the source, "Mark and Carrie nee…Read more >
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have proven to be box office gold with younger fans. As the stars of the hit Twilight film series, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, they have helped the five movies make a whopping total of over $3 billion at the box office. You would think that a producer would want them in their film to help it be successful, right?
Not the Star Wars producers, that's for sure.
Even though the leaked casting breakdown reveals two roles that could fit for the two actors—a "late-teen, female" heroine who is "independent," has a "good sense of humor," and is "fit," as well as a "late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident"—the Star Wars Episode VII filmmakers apparently want nothing of it.
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After accepting the Daytime Emmy Award for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, George Lucas headed backstage where he talked to Access Hollywood about the Emmy win. While he was there, Access Hollywood was sure to ask him what he thinks about no longer being involved in Star Wars and passing the torch to a new team for Star Wars Episode VII and beyond.
Lucas, who seems to be enjoying his retirement from Lucasfilm, said that "it's great" to see a new generation of filmmakers take over his legendary franchise. He jokingly pointed towards The Clone Wars producers and said "I don't have to worry about these guys anymore," now that Kathleen Kennedy is President of Lucasfilm.
But what of J.J. Abrams? Lucas has previously said that he is confident in Abrams as dir…Read more >
Star Wars has always been an action adventure series at its core, but it also had heart. Whether it was Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, or Princess Leia and Han Solo, Star Wars has always had love stories. It's no surprise, then, to hear J.J. Abrams tell the French newspaper Metro News (as reported by Virgin Media) that Star Wars Episode VII will have a love story as well.
"No doubt," Abrams said of a love story, "even if I already know I want to approach this project in a different way ... We're only in the initial stages [of making the film] and it's difficult to talk about it other than to say it's very exciting."
One of the people responsible for making it so exciting is Michael Arndt, who had been hired as the screenwriter for Episode VII m…Read more >
In an announcement today for Celebration Europe II, we learned that artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig will be returning to the Star Wars Saga as part of a team of talent assembled by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy "to create an exciting new future for Star Wars." Both artists will be attending Celebration Europe II.
Doug Chiang previously worked for Lucasfilm as the Design Director for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and the Concept Design Supervisor for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Some of his artwork includes the design of Naboo, the Gungans, and the Trade Federation for The Phantom Menace. One of his pieces, part of the podrace from The Phantom Menace, can be seen above and to the right. On returning to Star Wars, C…Read more >
J.J. Abrams recently attended the Produced By conference, which we reported a bit on here, and he spoke about how he shoots his movies. One of the biggest things he revealed was that he prefers shooting with film rather than digitally, and that he has "not yet shot a movie digitally." Abrams said:
- "Film is the thing I am most comfortable with. If film were to go away—and digital is challenging it—then the standard for the highest, best quality would go away."
Shooting digitally is something Abrams had the option for with this year's Star Trek Into Darkness. Instead, he chose to continue shooting in film, because of his comfortability and to match the look of his first Star Trek. That wasn't the only reason he shot with film, though:
- "...with al…
Anthony Daniels, who famously played the ever-worrisome protocol droid C-3PO in all six Star Wars films and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, recently spoke to Bleedingcool and was asked what his involvement might be in Star Wars Episode VII and the rest of the sequel trilogy. Daniels said, "What I always say to that is "Wait and see." Let's keep the suspense going."
Now surely you can't be satisfied with that? This is C-3PO we're talking about here! Luckily, the interviewer was able to draw a bit more out of him when they asked specifically if Lucasfilm and Disney had spoken to him yet.
- "I'd rather not comment. You will recall I've always had a rather discreet attitude, or a professional sense of discretion. I don't blab things about the s…
At the recent Produced By conference, Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams took some time to talk about the next Star Wars film and when it might begin filming. The Star Trek Into Darkness director confirmed what we previously reported, saying that he and his team will likely be moving to London at the end of this year to film Episode VII in early 2014.
Not that Abrams completely enjoys that, saying moving to London "makes me insane" and that it can be an inconvenience, especially for his wife and kids. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he even funded part of Star Trek Into Darkness himself to avoid leaving Los Angeles. About his children, Abrams joked:
- "When you're 13 and 14, it's like, f**k that, I don't care what the movie is."
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We all know that J.J. Abrams was given the keys to the Star Wars kingdom, but what we didn't know was that he might just be the rightful heir to it as well. In an interview with USA Today, which we first reported on yesterday, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had nothing but praise for the director of Star Wars Episode VII. For someone who has made a lot of family-friendly movies, Kennedy believes that Abrams is the right choice to direct Star Wars—because he's a lot like George Lucas and her own frequent filmmaking partner, Steven Spielberg.
- "J.J. has, in his own way, some of the same qualities that I always saw in Steven and George. What all of these men have is the ability to combine a real seriousness about what they do with a sense of h…
Leonard Nimoy, who famously portrayed Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock in three Star Trek series and (SPOILER ALERT) 8 feature films, was recently asked in an interview with StarTrek.com if he would be interested in appearing in Star Wars Episode VII. The film will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who also directed Nimoy in Star Trek, so the leap could be logical. Nimoy said, "Oooh. Ooooh, wouldn't that be fun. I would love to."
But what of the famous Star Wars and Star Trek rivalry? As the interviewer asked, "You don't think the galaxy would implode if Spock played a role in Star Wars?" For his part, Nimoy doesn't think so.
- "No, no. I think it would work wonderfully. I think it would work just great. I think it would be a great idea, and someb…
Empire Online recently caught up with Joss Whedon, director of last year's mega hit superhero film The Avengers, about what lies ahead for the wildly anticipated follow up that he is again writing and directing. Though he talked primarily about The Avengers 2 and what his approach to the characters and story will be, Empire also asked him if he was disappointed about not being able to direct Star Wars Episode VII, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Whedon said:
- "There was a moment of rue that I was already committed, I'm not going to lie, because who didn't want to do that as a kid? But I think they got the right guy so just knowing that I'm going to enjoy the film when it comes out is great. I don't even have to do any work. Can J.J. also mak…
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe told Time Out London that acting in Star Wars would be an "awesome" opportunity that he would be willing to take on, if it was offered to him. The 23 year old actor was promoting his new play, The Cripple of Inishmaan, when he said:
- "Franchise mustn't become a dirty word. If directors like JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they're doing, it won't be. I'd love to be part of one again. Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. In Star Wars? Yeah, that'd be awesome. That'd be crazy cool."
Radcliffe is certainly no stranger to franchises. From 2001 to 2011, he played the boy wizard Harry Potter in all eight films of the global blockbuster franchise. Like Star Wars, the Harry Potter saga dealt with a war b…Read more >
Legendary composer John Williams is "happy" and "willing" to return to the Star Wars Saga to score Star Wars Episode VII. Williams, who scored all six Star Wars films, recently spoke to Zap2It primarily about the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel (Williams scored the original Superman), but also touched on Star Wars. About Episode VII, he told Zap2It:
- "We've certainly talked about that, and I'm happy and willing to do it. J.J. Abrams, who will be the director, seems excited about the idea. I have to say that J.J. is a much younger man than I, but I will try to keep up with him as much as I can!"
This isn't the first time Williams' name has come up for Episode VII. During promotion for Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams said that he wants Williams to…Read more >
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are notorious for secrecy. Most recently, the biggest subject of secrecy was who Benedict Cumberbatch's character is in Star Trek Into Darkness. But will that level of secrecy carry over into Star Wars Episode VII?
Bryan Burk was recently asked by /Film to comment on Kathleen Kennedy's comments about secrecy. Kennedy was asked whether Abrams' infamous secrecy would continue in Star Wars, and she said that "it's impossible to not have things end up on the Internet" so "you need to embrace that" and recognize that the fans are "important to the process and acknowledge that there are things you're going to want to make sure they get to know." You can see Kennedy's comments here:
/Film recapped what we thought, namely that…
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Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness costumer designer Michael Kaplan has revealed that he will be the costume designer for Star Wars Episode VII. By becoming a Star Wars costume designer, Kaplan joins the ranks of (IV,V), (VI), (VI), and (I,II,III).
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Kaplan said:
- "Well, I've just learned I'll be working on the new Star Wars movie, again with J.J. Everything just got formalized [last week], I haven't even had the chance to talk to anyone about it all other than to be told 'welcome aboard.' It's a little too soon to know exactly what's in store but I'm excited, absolutely, to get to work on another prestigious sci-fi series."
Some of Kaplan's other credits include Blade Runner (starring Harrison Ford), Pearl Harbor, Mr. …Read more >
It's official! Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars Episode VII will be filming in the United Kingdom, confirming at least part of our previous report about the movie filming in Pinewood Studios.
In the announcement, Lucasfilm President and Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that."
Kennedy further said that, after her experience working in the UK on films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and War Horse, "it's very exciting to be heading back."
Lucasfilm representatives previously met with George Osbor…Read more >
During promotion for his new film Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams talked to MTV about the importance of Episode VII for the future of the Star Wars franchise. MTV News' Josh Horowitz asked Abrams if he was just working on Episode VII or if, like Joss Whedon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was also consulting and producing on the spinoff films. Abrams told him:
- We're focusing right now on [Episode VII] because this movie feels like this is the one that has to work for anything else to work. There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make this thing and to tell this story. You can't look at it in a sort of binary way. It's obviously part of something much greater. But to talk about those othe…
Earlier, we reported on what Star Trek Into Darkness actor and celebrity Star Wars superfan Simon Pegg said about whether he would want to appear in Star Wars Episode VII, and we touched on his thoughts about J.J. Abrams directing Episode VII. In an interview with TotalFilm, Pegg said that "If anyone can pull [Star Wars] out of the mire, it's J.J." Further, he said, "What will he bring to the franchise? Everything that was missing from the last three."
Pegg hasn't shied away from his criticism of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Spaced, a British sitcom which he co-created, co-wrote, and starred in, featured his character in a depressed state over his disappointment in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The character's rant about the film, and, i…Read more >
Bryan Burk, one of the producers of Star Wars Episode VII, recently spoke with Collider about the film—including the possibility of filming in early 2014.
Knowing that the film has a tight production schedule in order to hit its release date in 2015, Collider asked Burk when filming would begin. According to Burk, their schedule is currently to begin "next year, or the beginning of next year." They haven't nailed down the locations yet, as Michael Arndt is still writing the script, but it is an ongoing pre-production process. Burk remarked on Bad Robot team's production process, saying that "when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahe…Read more >