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 >