J.J. Abrams - Celebrities attend Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre. at Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Disney, Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 15th December 2015
J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Jj Abrams - US Ireland Alliance to Honor Stephen Colbert, Carrie Fisher and Irish Artist Colin Davidson at Pre Academy Awards Event at Bad Robot Santa Monica, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th February 2015
Director J.J. Abrams and director Alfonso Cuaron - 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015
J.J. Abrams - A variety of celebrities including British super models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were photographed at the 60th Birthday party for the fashion photographer Mario Testino held at the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th October 2014
The sporting director posted a light-hearted response to all the secret leaking that has been going on lately.
With a movie as large and far-reaching as the new Star Wars, Episode VII, it was always going to be impossible to stop certain juicy details from leaking to the eager fanbase. Director Jj Abrams is notoriously secretive but even he has had to give in after a sneaky production team member shared several shots of the Millennium Falcon spaceship being built in some kind of hangar.
The director tweeted a photo of what appears to be the hologram chess board that appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy bearing a note that read "I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie. - JJ."
Basically, Abrams is making fun of all the people speculating over whether the Falcon will be featured in the movie by saying 'yes fools, of course one of the most famous spaceships of all time is going to be in my movie.'
If there's 7 things we really, really want to see in 'Star Wars Episode VII' it's got to be these.
There’s about a million reasons we can’t wait for Star Wars Episode VII to come out. Yes, we know it’s not due for release until the end of 2015, but that’s not stopping us from a spot of Star Wars speculation! We’ve already got an inkling that the Millennium Falcon will make an appearance from scanning the background of production pics, but if there’s 7 other things we absolutely must see in the new film it’s got to be these.
The Cast of Star Wars Episode VII At The First Script Read-Through
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Continue reading: 7 Things We NEED To See In 'Star Wars Episode VII'
It looks like JJ Abrams and his team are building a full-size Millennium Falcon for the new movie.
We have been given our first look at the brand new Millennium Falcon that is being built for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, thanks to an alleged photo leak TMZ has published. The new shots, which are purported to feature full-size space vehicles from the sci-fi franchise, have strongly hinted that Han Solo's iconic spaceship and others will be included in Jj Abrams upcoming reboot.
If the photos are real, they are evidence that Abrams' team has decided to create full-size versions of the vehicles that George Lucas' movies only made in miniature model sizes. It will also indicate that Episode VII will use minimal CGI effects in favour of high spec props and spacecraft models. Eagle-eyed observers also spotted what looks like an X-Wing starfighter amongst the other unknown constructions.
The photos were evidently taken in some kind of cavernous hangar which fans are speculating could be England's Pinewood Studios, where much of the movie's filming will take place. Vast sets are shown being built out of wood and covered with ladders and scaffolding as Abrams' vision slowly takes form.
Continue reading: Millennium Falcon Photos From 'Star Wars 7' Set Leak: Could It Be?
The rumours were right all along.
Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie have finally been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It has been rumoured for some time that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita had been picked for the sci-fi reboot in her first live action role since winning her Oscar this year and now we have the confirmation.
In the latest wave of casting announcements since the big reveal at the end of April, Lupita is joined by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie in Jj Abrams addition to George Lucas' much-loved franchise. "I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!" Nyong'o excitedly posted via Instagram.
J.J. Abrams, the director of the forthcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII', speaks from the movie set in Abu Dhabi about a competition where you could win a chance to appear in the movie at Pinewood Studios in London. As well as meeting the cast, going behind the scenes and getting into costume, it is also a chance to help launch a new program called 'Star Wars: Force For Change'.
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JJ Abrams launched the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign in Abu Dhabi.
Attention Star Wars fanatics - you could be heading to Abu Dhabi for a special role in J.J Abrams forthcoming blockbuster, Episode VII. In a video shot on location in the UAE, the director announced the new Star Wars: Force for Change initiative dedicated to finding solutions to the world's biggest problems.
Jj Abrams on the Star Wars Set in Abu Dhabi
The first Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its programs that benefit vulnerable children.
Continue reading: Want To Win A Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'? Step Right This Way
Director J.J. Abrams has sent the cast and crew of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ an enthusiastic note thanking them for their hard work and hoping can make “something great”.
J.J. Abrams has written to the cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode VII, encouraging them in the production began shooting last Friday (16th May) in London.
J.J. Abrams is directly Star Wars Episode VII.
Abrams sent a touching note to every member of the cast and crew stating what “an honour” it was to work with them and thanking them for all the “work past and future.” Abrams, who is directing the upcoming instalment in Star Wars, wished the actors well and asked they “take good care” of themselves and “each other”. The picture was obtained by moviefone and appears to have been written on a discarded piece of script paper. He also reminded them of the magnitude of the task they are taking on. Towards the end of his note he wrote “the world awaits this film,” encouraging his cast and crew with “let’s give ‘em something great!”
Princess Leia revealed what Disney wanted from her
Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale have all shed pounds in a dangerously small amount of time in the name of art. But you rarely hear of women doing the same thing for a role, probably because they’d be accused of having bulimia or anorexia.
When Carrie Fisher played Princes Leia back in the 70s and 80s she became a sex symbol because of a certain golden slave bikini. And, despite reprising her role over four decades later, it has been revealed that she was cast on the proviso that she shed 35 pounds.
Roberto Orci has allegedly been in discussions to take over directing 'Star Trek 3' since the departure of J.J. Abrams. But who is he and does he have what it takes?
Roberto Orci is allegedly in discussions to direct ‘Star Trek 3.’ The job had originally been pegged to go to J.J. Abrams, although (unless you noticed) Abrams has got his hands full directing the upcoming ‘Star Wars Episode VII.’ Abrams had directed the first two 'Star Trek' movies from the rebooted franchise, 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ and 2013’s ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ but the lure of ‘Star Wars’ was apparently too much for him to stick around to direct a third movie.
Roberto Orci is in discussions to direct 'Star Trek 3' since J.J. Abrams departure from the project
So, who is Roberto Orci? Does he have what it takes to take over from J.J. Abrams, and does he have the CV to back it up? The answer’s pretty much a straightforward ‘yes.’ Orci has also been involved with the previous two 'Star Trek' movies, working on both as an executive producer. So, it’s safe to say that he knows the project pretty well. It sounds like they’ve essentially chosen Abram’s right hand man to take his place.
Continue reading: Is Roberto Orci The Right Choice To Direct 'Star Trek 3'?
Zac Efron and Lupita Nyong'o have long been rumoured to be joining the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast. Does JJ Abrams casting announcement on Tuesday really count them out, or is there still (a new) hope?
Zac Efron and Lupita Nyong’o had both been heavily tipped to be joining the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. So, imagine our surprise when the cast was announced earlier this week but their names weren’t on the list! Although Jj Abrams has announced a string of actors billed to appear in his upcoming movie, there are rumours that the casting announcement isn’t yet complete. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Abrams “has another substantial role to fill - and it’s a female part.” How much truth there is to this report is obviously debatable, but we do know that there’s been strong evidence suggesting both Nyong’o and Efron will be joining the cast.
Is the Episode VII cast complete, or will there be a second announcement?
Nyong’o was reported to have met with director Abrams in March when they discussed the Oscar-winning actress playing one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s offspring. Lupita is probably the hottest actress around at the moment, fresh off her Academy Award win for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. Although Lupita met with Abrams in March, she hasn’t been the only female actress rumoured to have landed a role in Episode VII. Newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers’ name has also cropped up a few times. It’s not too unlikely for a fairly unknown actress to be cast, since relatively unheard of Daisy Ridley was announced as a main cast member on Tuesday.
Continue reading: Zac Efron And Lupita Nyong'o Still To Join 'Star Wars Episode VII' Cast?
The new Star Wars cast is mobilized and ready for action.
Now that the official Star Wars: Episode VII cast has been revealed (thee whole women, the production team have really outdone themselves this time) it’s time for the constant, non-stop barrage of on-set material to commence. Starting with a full cast photo, of course.
It's really happening!
The epic black and white photo was taken during a table read in London. It shows all the castmembers sitting in a circle, with director J.J. Abrams, who's talking to Han Solo/Star Wars actor Harrison Ford in the center.
Continue reading: First Cast Photos Amps Up The Hype For "Star Wars: Episode VII"
Almost Human - Definitely Cancelled
It’s been an up and down week for J.J Abrams. He finally announced his cast for his upcoming Star Wars Episode VII sequel, but his show ‘Almost Human’ has been cancelled by Fox, according to Variety.
J.J Abrams has seen his show, 'Almost Human', get canceled
Almost Human followed the partnership of a suspicious cop (Karl Urban) and an android capable of emotion (Michael Ealy). The cast also includes Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, and Lili Taylor. It faired adequately with the critics, garnering enough positive reviews – or negative, depending on how you look at it – to sit at 62 on Metacritic.
Continue reading: J.J Abrams' 'Almost Human' Won't Go Past Season 1 - Cancelled
Ready to play I Spy?
The cast of the new Star Wars movie has been revealed in a new teaser photo posted on the Star Wars website. The team shot shows includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max Von Sydow.
The franchise's new faces join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2D2). The photo shows the cast plus director JJ Abrams chilling out in comfy chairs as they lay the foundations for Disney's reboot of George Lucas' well-loved sci-fi movies.
Continue reading: Guess Who? 'Star Wars 7' Cast Revealed In Team Photo
The Star Wars team building session let the cat out of the bag...
Jj Abrams' team building sessions for Star Wars Episode 7 appear to have given away the cast for the forthcoming sci-fi epic. Sources speaking with The Sun reveal that Abrams took his new cast and crew out to a swanky London eatery in a bid to get the team "gelling."
Harrison Ford, Chilling in Brentwood
Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies, Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia and Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca. Joining them around the table was 'Girls' star Adam Driver, who has been cast to play a villain, and Andy Serkis, whose role is yet to be determined.
Continue reading: Did JJ Abrams' Team Building Star Wars Session Reveal Cast?
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all in the UK: could it be..?
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all currently in London, prompting speculation over whether the original Star Wars trio will be reuniting to film Jj Abrams' upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams' new instalment to George Lucas' sci-fi films is about to begin shooting just outside of the English capitol at the legendary Pinewood Studios nearby.
Carrie Fisher Has Told Friends She'll Be Filming In The UK For 6 Months.
Not that any of the three have been particularly trying to disguise themselves, but there has been no grand fanfare upon the actors' touch-down in the UK. Since the franchise reboot was announced they have been rumoured to be involved, which is why their recent sightings seems to much of a coincidence.
JJ Abrams will not have the "expanded universe" novels at his disposable for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Disney has confirmed that storylines running through the "expanded universe" Star Wars novels will not inform J.J Abrams' forthcoming movie Star Wars Episode VII. The books were written to satisfy the appetite of fans following the release on 1983's Return of the Jedi, but Disney said in a statement that only the six Star Wars feature films and animation Star Wars: The Clone Wars are considered part of the official canon.
Jj Abrams Is Helming Star Wars: Episode VII
"These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align," said the statement. "In order to give maximum creative freedom to the film-makers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi expanded universe."
Continue reading: Disney Rule Out 'Expanded Universe' Novels For 'Star Wars Episode VII'
Benaddicts - look away now
If you’re a fan of both sci-fi and Benedict Cumberbatch, then look for the little red cross in the top right/left-hand side of your screen now. Seriously, the editor has signed off on this. You’re not going to like the upcoming article.
Fans would have loved to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars Episode VII but, alas, it's not to be
The news came from the Twitter feed for entertainment site, The Iris. They were live-Tweeting a Q&A as part of Oz Comic-Con in Australia, which Cumberbatch was participating in, and broke the news that the Sherlock star wouldn’t be in Star Wars Episode VII, and that a turn as The Doctor is out of the question, too.
Without a confirmed cast, Episode VII has already begun filming
Maisie Richardson-Sellers’ name has become major news in the movie industry just by being linked to the Star Wars Episode 7 cast. And if LucasFilm – now owned by Disney – decide to keep their ‘unknown actor’ tradition alive, Richardson-Sellers will go from relative unknown to household name within seconds.
The Oxford-educated actress with no movie credits to her name is a frontrunner to land a key role in Star Wars: Episode VII according to The Hollywood Reporter, and as hard core fans of the franchise will know, taking on inexperienced, unknown talent isn’t anything new.
Who is Maisie Richardson Sellers, the actress at the center of the latest Star Wars Episode VII casting rumour
The casting of Star Wars Episode VII, is creating a whirlwind of rumours with many names been thrown out as potential stars. Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver have both had their names attached to the much anticipated movie, but now it seems the latest name we need to get to know is of Oxford Graduate Maisie Richardson-Sellers.
Jj Abrams is the creative force behind Star Wars Episode VII
The Hollywood Reporter has cast the attention firmly on the unknown Maisie Richardson Sellers, as they revealed that several sources have told them the newcomer is ‘'in line to nab an undisclosed and possibly major role in the high-profile Disney/Lucasfilm production'’. Producers are currently in the middle of an extensive casting search in London as they try and find actors to fill their main roles. Anyone who does get the call however, is said to be sworn to secrecy, along with their agent.
Continue reading: Who Is Maisie Richardson-Sellers? The New Star Wars Lead, Apparently
JJ Abrams is eschewing the CGI techniques adopted by the prequel Star Wars movies.
Jj Abrams is re-creating the desert planet Tatooine from the original trilogy for Star Wars: Episode VII. Scenes will be shot in what is being described as a "Morocco-like environment," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
JJ Abrams Is Helming Star Wars Episode VII
Continue reading: JJ Abrams Building Desert Planet Tatooine For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Peter Mayhew is back in the saddle as Chewbacca for Episode 7
Peter Mayhew is to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Disney and Lucasfilm's upcoming movie Star Wars Episode VII and could even have begun shooting his scenes at London's Pinewood studios. Mayhew played the Wookiee and Han Solo's co-pilot in the original trilogy, beginning with Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977.
Peter Mayhew Is Reprising His Role As Chewbacca
Rumors began surfacing of Mayhew's reprisal after he cancelled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming" and sources have since confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the actor is busy working on Episode VII with J.J. Abrams.
Continue reading: Peter Mayhew Heads To Pinewood To Play Chewbacca In Star Wars Episode 7
Star Wars Episode 7 will cast either Ed Speelers, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher or John Boyega in the lead role.
Sources close to the Star Wars Episode 7 casting have confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm has rounded the role of lead Jedi down to five young actors - one of whom will score the biggest movie part in years. With Girls star Adam Driver set to play the primary villain, Jj Abrams and his team have some context in which to cast the good-guy, and have selected their five would-be Jedi's.
Will Jesse Plemons Get The Star Wars Lead?
After meeting with several actors over the past year, Abrams and his casting directors have chosen Downton Abbey star Ed Speelers, Attack the Block's John Boyega, Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher as the final five for the lead role.
Continue reading: The 5 Actors Battling For The Lead In 'Star Wars Episode 7'
A top-notch trailer teases tonight's tense thriller premiere.
Are you ready for tonight's pilot of the chilling Believe? The joint cinematic forces of Alfonso Cuarón and J. J. Abrams will bring an unnerving new television experience to our small screens with what could well be the series premiere of the year. Comic-Con 2013 audiences were treated to a gripping teaser trailer which sets the scene perfectly for this evening's NBC debut.
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Alfonso Cuaron Directs Tonight's 'Believe' Pilot On NBC.
The spine-chilling premiere begins with a classic Cuarón shot: an unsuspecting family are driving along as a little girl on the backseat sings a song that she tells her mother she heard in a dream. Headlights appear behind them but instead of overtaking the family, the vehicle runs them off the road. A sickening shot shows the unconscious couple bumped around as their car rolls and suddenly we are hooked into the surreal world of Believe.
Star Wars Episode VII will shoot at Pinewood in May - but who's been cast?
Stars Wars Episode VII is to beginning shooting at Pinewood Studios in London from mid-May until September. The incredibly reliable Drew McWeeney over at HitFix.com has the exclusive on this one, confirming that principal casting is now complete and Disney have their actors.
The plan is to wrap the move in September to give JJ Abrams and his team around a year to flesh out a world that is as close to the original trilogy as possible.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII Casting Is Complete, Will Shoot In London In May
As the cast takes shape, tension is heightened for the highly anticipated reboot
The Star Wars: Episode VII train rumbles on. Scripts issues have been settled; shooting dates and locations have been verified and finally agreed upon. Now it’s time to build up an unforgettable cast and not ruin the legendary sci-fi franchise forever.
Would you be happy with an Efron-starring Star Wars film?
Former Disney star Zac Efron is the latest high-profile star to be linked with a role, and he didn’t do much to douse those flames of intrigue by confirming a meeting between he and his former employers took place.
The Star Wars Episode VII rumour mill takes in a national treasure, while spies take over London. New trailers offer Swinton and Hiddleston as immortal lovers, Hoffman as a German agent, a new spin on E.T. and more airbrushed abs than you can count...
The best rumour this week is that Judi Dench may play Mon Mothma in Star Wars Episode VII, which director Jj Abrams starts shooting in the UK this spring. The character is a rebel leader in both III: Revenge of the Sith and VI: Return of the Jedi, but there's no foundation to this story. Rumours have been rampant over recent weeks and are bound to get even more inventive in the coming months. The original Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill has been keeping his lips tightly sealed when being quizzed about 'Star Wars VII'.
The year's first blockbuster, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, held its UK premiere this week before the spy adventure's British opening this weekend. Stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh (who also directed) were joined on the red carpet by an array of local almost-celebrities. Browse through our 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' UK premiere' photo gallery.
If the part of Darth Vader is significant enough, who'll play him?
The marketing hype for Star Wars: Episode VII officially kicked off when an Instagram for the film was inaugurated with a picture of Darth Vader. As Disney, Lucasfilms and whichever part of the organization is involved in PR know, they can’t just post that and not expect a fresh turn of the rumor mill.
Star Wars: Episode VII is coming in 2015
It almost certainly means Darth Vader will be making an appearance in the film, leaving hardcore sci-fi fans pondering the context in which he’ll star. Most likely are flashbacks; to bed out the story for a new, younger audience, the screenplay – which has had plenty of problems – might include historical scenes from the mind-matter of Luke Skywalker to fill out any potential plot confusion. In this case, we can’t see casting news for Vader hitting the headlines, as the part won’t be significant enough.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: What Does That Darth Vader Selfie Mean?
The latest series from JH Wyman has won some critical acclaim already, but some still need convincing
Almost Human is the latest series from Fringe creator JH Wyman, working under Jj Abrams' Bad Robot banner and airing on Fox last night (17 Nov.). Set 35 years in the future, in a world where police officers are partnered with human-like androids, the show stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as they combat a crime-filled Los Angeles in a show that has already shown some early promise, a handful of critics agree.
Karl Urban stars alongside Michael Ealy on Almost Human
Urban and Ealy, starring as Detective John Kennex and the DRN model android Dorian respectively, are the show's odd couple and central characters and despite their differences, by the end of the series premiere alone it becomes pretty clear that they make a formidable pair. They are just two parts of a pretty wicked ensemble cast that also includes Joe Smith, Mackenzie Crook, Lili Taylor and Minka Kelly, but in spite of all the big names, Almost Human is still struggling to win everyone over with its first episode.
Continue reading: 'Almost Human' Is Almost Worth Getting Exciting About
Scotland - have you got the X-Factor? The Star Wars X-Factor?
Lucasfilm/Disney had planned to audition for several parts in J.J Abrams' new movie on Saturday and Sunday at Glasgow's Wasp Studios in the Southblock building in Merchant City, though that plan has been scrapped and the auditions will now take place on November 30 and 1 December with a venue to be announced in the next few weeks.
The decision comes after an unexpected amount of aspiring actors turned up to auditions in Bristol.
Continue reading: Does Scotland Have A Venue Big Enough For Star Wars Auditions?
The young star misses out, but 'Star Wars' is set to launch a number of other talents.
Saoirse Ronan may be one of Hollywood’s most promising young stars, but she won’t be yielding lightsabers or galaxy-hopping when the Star Wars franchise is rebooting with Episode VII. The New York-born actor announced that she would be auditioning for the role.
Saoirse Ronan missed out on a 'Star Wars' role
"I don't have 'Star Wars.' I don't have the role," Ronan said told Indie Wire's The Playlist, who noted that she sounded “defeated when she told them the news. "I just shouldn't have said anything. I just auditioned for it, like everyone else did."
The director spoke with the BBC's 'Newsnight' about his involvement with the 'Star Wars' reboot and his new book
Earlier this week it was announced that auditions were to take place, beginning on Saturday, 9 November, across the UK in order to find the male and female lead for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The move may have been unexpected many who would have expected the usual Hollywood casting call, but as director Jj Abrams recently explained, he had always planned on tapping the UK talent pool rather than treading on familiar soil.
Speaking on the BBC's Newsnight programme, Abrams discussed the upcoming Star Wars reboot and explained that when it came to finding the right actors and actresses to take the Star Wars story further, his team had to hunt for the "best possible" talent. Their searches, apparently, brought them to the same nation where much of the movie is going to be filmed: the United Kingdom.
"It wouldn't be Star Wars unless there were some fantastic actors who happened to be British," the filmmaker told writer Neil Gaiman. "We were looking everywhere for the best possible actors for the role. Nothing is more important. There are things that are as important, but nothing is more important than casting a movie great and I have been incredibly lucky to be involved in projects where we've had wonderful cast and wonderful casting directors too to make it happen."
Continue reading: JJ Abrams Explains Why He's Looking To The UK For 'Star Wars' Cast
Finally, a date. Now we just need a script and a cast.
After months of speculation surrounding script problems, delays, in-house arguing, plotlines, spin-offs and possible role reprisals, another rare piece of concrete news has emerged from the Star Wars Episode VII camp.
Harrison Ford is remaining coy over a 'Star Wars' return
Yes, that’s right: Disney have given us a release date of December 18, 2015, meaning J.J. Abrams and Barbara Broccoli have just over two years to get the most anticipated film of all time made, and get it right.
Continue reading: 2015 Set For A Jedi Christmas - Star Wars VII Release Date Confirmed
The official release date of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has been revealed by Lucasfilms. Star War: Episode VII is to be released on 18th December 2015.
Star Wars fans worldwide have left out a sigh of relief (or dread, depending on how you feel about Disney owned Lucasfilms) as the release date for Star Wars: Episode VII has been revealed. The next instalment of the franchise will be out in cinemas on 18th December 2015.
In a statement released on StarWars.com, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, said:
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday film going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture."
Some details of the crew have been released. J.J, Abrams, best known for directing the latest Star Trek films, will direct, co-produce and co-write the script alongside Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan penned the scripts for Episodes V and VI: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Continue reading: Star Wars: Episode VII To Be Released 18th December 2015
We might just go and audition, for a laugh.
A casting sheet put out on Twitter by @UKopencall has prompted rumours that Disney are looking for two teenage actors to lead their upcoming reboot of Star Wars, in Episode VII.
Of course, neither Disney or Lucasfilms – the latter being newly owned by the former – have spoken out to either confirm or deny these auditions are for new Star Wars leads, but it seems to be the general consensus.
J.J. Abrams has the daunting task of directing Star Wars Episode VII.
Continue reading: Disney Holding X-Factor Style Auditions For Star Wars Episode VII?
The fledgling director might be in line for his biggest job yet.
Having gained a niche but dedicated following alongside Adam Buxton with their comedy antics, Joe Cornish has made the successful transition to film directing and writing. But is he ready for his biggest challenge of all time? And will they even give him the Star Trek 3 job?
The position is vacant due to J.J. Abrams' decision to jump ship and join the other galaxy of Star Wars – Episode VII, despite numerous casting and script problems – due for a summer 2015 release.
Cornish does have film pedigree: his low-budget flick, Attack the Block, featured a full-scale alien invasion and the subsequent reaction from a small group of impoverished London teenagers. It was a triumph of sorts, and certainly announced the director’s talents.
Continue reading: Is Joe Cornish Ready For The Star Trek 3 Challenge? Will He Get The Job?
Good or bad news? Probably bad, right?
So desperate are Jj Abrams and Disney to meet their 2015 deadline for Star Wars Episode 7, they’re thinking about just filming some stuff without a script.
I know, it sounds like something a college film student kid would do, except these guys are responsible for one of the biggest franchises of all time.
Kathleen Kennedy, who is exec producing on the film, has been pushing for a delay, but the powers that be won’t budge, and insist that a summer 2015 release date is paramount. It can’t be missed, even if it means the film is rubbish - they haven’t said that, but they really don’t need to.
Filming is due to get underway with the first of the new trilogy, and so far we don't really have much of a clue as to what's going on.
Star Wars: Episode 7, is a phrase that either strike fear into the hearts of Star Wars fans the world over, or instil a sense of reluctant optimism in others. No matter how you feel about the rebooting of George Lucas' genre-defining sci-fi series, it is happening and there is nothing we can do about it. What we can do though is mull over every little rumor and tidbit that Disney have managed to let sneak on to the internet, and try to understand exactly where the movie's makers are in the filmmaking process.
Lucas is handing the baton over to Abrams
We do have some concrete facts about the movie so far; that Jj Abrams is directing it, or at least we're pretty sure that he still is anyway. During the summer there were rumors that the Lost creator was on the verge of stepping down from the project amidst creative differences with Disney. Having initially declined the invitation to direct the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, his commitment to the project had always seemed somewhat in doubt, but as the months have gone by it does look as though he is committed to the job. Abrams is a pretty competent director and his involvement in the project is a promising one, providing that he doesn't go overboard with the lens flare like he did on Star Trek.
Continue reading: What Do We Know About 'Star Wars: Episode 7' So Far?
Benedict Cumberbatch is rumoured to be rejoining with his former director J.J. Abrams in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 7
British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch has been reportedly added to the cast of the Upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. Although it hasn't been officially confirmed, the speculation may be accurate as the director of the new Star Wars film (J.J. Abrams) also worked with the British actor in 'Star Trek into Darkness'.
Benedict starred as the villainous, superhuman Khan who was widely praised for his portrayal with Michael Dequina from ThemovieReport.com commenting "Cumberbatch, with his otherworldly aura of menace and basso profundo rumble of voice, makes a worthy and memorable Big Bad in the annals of Trek lore."
J.J. Abrams has re cast the British actor according to Film Chronicles as "Lucasfilm are about to make a big casting announcement regarding Star Wars VII, and that casting announcement appears to be none-other than Benedict Cumberbatch"
Episode VII set for a wintery debut?
A release date for the new Star Wars movie – Episode VII – is getting closer. Multiple sources are reporting that a mid-December release is likely, meaning director J.J. Abrams has plenty of time to get it right.
J.J. Abrams has to make Star Wars Episode VII amazing, or else
The Christmas date marks an unprecedented move for the franchise; all of the previous six movies were filmed in the U.K and granted a May release. But given the crowded nature of business – most of the blockbusters hits screens in the summer months – a winter bow could be a blessing.
JJ Abrams has released a frightening teaser clip from a new project entitled 'Stranger' showing a man with his lip sewn shut.
Speculation is rife as to the purpose of the eerie new Jj Abrams clip that has been posted on Bad Robot's YouTube channel. The clip, simply entitled 'Stranger,' is just over a minute long yet still manages to instil a sense of dread and intrigue.
Tricksy Abrams Has Set His Fans Another Challenge...
A gravelly voice narrates a dark shoreline scene, beginning "he arrived knowing nothing of himself" as a shot of a starry night sky pans to the water's edge where a silhouetted, bedraggled figure is trying to pull himself out of the sea. "Who is he? Soon he will know. Because what begins at the water shall end there," adds the narrator ominously as the mysterious figure attempts to rid himself of what looks like ropes around his wrists.
Continue reading: Creepy! What Could JJ Abrams' 'Stranger' Trailer Be For?
Is 'Star Trek Into Darkness' really that bad?
Star Trek Into Darkness was universally praised by critics and is the most commercially successful film in the entire series, in terms of the box-office. Well, that's all well and good, only...Star Trek fans didn't really like it that much.
Benedict Cumberbatch Starred In Star Trek Into Darkness.
At this weekend's annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, the Jj Abrams-helmed sequel - lauded for its cinematography, strong performances and action scenes - was voted the worst Star Trek movie of the entire canon by avid Trekkies.
Continue reading: So, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Was Good, Right? Yeah, About That...
LucasFilms are saying all the right things so far
From the jerky horrors that made Jason’s life a misery, the flesh eating shark that terrorized the small island of Amity to the world’s biggest cruise liner falling victim to an iceberg, special effects and CGI have been married to film for as long as it has existed. The very act of filming something was once considered a special effect, as the audience of L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat would almost certainly attest to.
Episodes IV, V and VI - great. I, II and III - not so good
Nowadays, films Pacific Rim and Avatar lead the way with blue screen CGI techniques, designed to make the unreal, real. The tiger, Richard Parker, in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi was so believable, it won the special effects team an Oscar.
Continue reading: Can We Look Forward To A Tangible Star Wars Episode VII?
Williams will be part of a returning force from the original movies that includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
Last Saturday (27 July), John Williams became the latest name to be tied down to the upcoming re-boot of the beloved Star Wars franchise. The composer, who has written the score for all six of the movies so far, was confirmed as a contributor by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy during a Star Wars fan convention in Essen, Germany, with an interview with Williams emerging online soon after on the oficial Star Wars YouTube page.
John Williams, here with Samanta Wimslow, will compose the next Star Wars film
The film's confirmed director Jj Abrams had already indicated earlier this year that he hoped to have Williams return for the latest reboot of the franchise, which is expected to arrive in cinemas by summer 2015, and now with the weekend's announcement it looks as though Abrams' first wish as director has become reality.
Continue reading: John Williams Confirms His Place On Upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII
The 'Kill Your Darlings' star will take on the disgraced cyclist, who was found guilty of being a drugs cheat in 2012
Ben Foster has emerged as the number one candidate to take on the role as Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic about the seven-time Tour de France winner who was stripped of his titles in 2012 following an investigation into claims that he had used performance enhancing drugs. According to Deadline, who broke the story, Foster is in the final stages of discussions with the film's bosses, with filming expected to begin as early as fall this year.
Foster is in 'advanced talks' with studio bosses
The Stephen Frears-directed biopic, which is being penned by Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge, will follow Armstrong from his battle with cancer in the mid-1990's, leading up until his much-publicised fall from grace in 2012 when he was found guilty of using illegal, performance enhancing drugs. Although he denied ever using drugs throughout his career, the disgraced cyclist admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.
Continue reading: Ben Foster Lined-Up To Play Lance Armstrong In Movie Biopic
Will Ryan Gosling choose Star Wars over Batman?
Ryan Gosling attended a meeting with a view to playing Luke Skywalker's son in Jj Abrams forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7 movie, according to the Latino-Review, which 'broke' the news that Harrison Ford would be returning to the franchise.
Disney is keen to land Gosling for the role though missed out on another high profile star.
According to the website's sources, the studio had a meeting with Leonardo Dicaprio who eventually passed on the project to concentrate on Robotech, a forthcoming "sprawling sci-fi epic" where mankind is forced to use technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling To Play Luke Skywalker's Son In Star Wars Episode 7?
Will J.J jump starship?
See this is what happens when we don’t keep an eye on things; rumors are abounding that J.J Abrams is on the verge of a Star Wars Exit. LucasFilm are denying it vehemently, but where did this specualtion come from and is the next Star Wars film moving along as smoothly as we thought?
J.J Abrams has gone from Trek to Wars... we think
Continue reading: Is J.J Abrams REALLY The Star Wars Episode VII Director?
George Lucas does not buy the Star Wars/Star Trek rivalry.
George Lucas has chucked a massive bucket of cold water on the entire Star Trek/Star Wars rivalry by suggesting Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi television show paved the way for his legendary space franchise. A new documentary titled Trek Nation sees Rod Roddenberry attempt to uncover the importance of his father's TV series, and rivalry producer Lucas is hugely complimentary of the show, reports Yahoo Movies.
"Star Trek softened up the entertainment arena," he explains in the documentary, "so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders." The filmmaker suggested that Star Trek crucially proved to studios that audiences were hungry for science fiction, "There was an effective group of people in the beginning who accepted it," he said, "That it wasn't that far out. For the studios it was way far out. [They said] 'What is this?' But there was a fan base out there - primarily the Star Trek fan base -who understood science-fiction, understood visual science-fiction, and was ready for something like [Star Wars] to be in the feature arena."
Lucas certainly has plenty to be thankful for, recently selling LucasFilm to Disney for a cool $4 billion, safe in the knowledge that his sci-fi franchise will continue with new movies and TV series. Set to hit theaters in 2015, Star Wars Episode 7 will be directed by Star Trek's Jj Abrams.
Continue reading: George Lucas Admits Star Trek Paved The Way For Star Wars: Agree?
From Star Wars to starrey-eyed lovers: George Lucas has married long-term girlfriend Mellody Hobson in a "beautiful" Californian service.
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones tied the knot with his girlfriend of seven years, Mellody Hobson. According to sources speaking with People magazine, the wedding took place on Saturday (22nd June) in California's Marin County at Lucas' 4,700 acre Skywalker Ranch. Amongst other guests, the wedding was attended by fellow director Ron Howard and actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Jedi Mace Windu in Lucas' Star Wars franchise.
Both guests publically displayed their excitement for Lucas' wedding, with Howard tweeting "George Lucas Melody Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas" and Jackson similarly enthusing: "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride Melodie on This their WEDDING DAY!!"
Engaged since January 2013, Hobson, 44, met Lucas, 69, at a business conference in 2006 and have been dating ever since. She heads Ariel Investments - an investment management firm - whilst also chairing the board at Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc., and a director of Groupon, Inc., Starbucks Corporation and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Continue reading: George Lucas Weds Long-Time Sweetheart
Bleeding Cool have got their hands on casting details for the new Star Wars film that is about to audition in the UK. What kind of actors could they be looking for though?
Comic book blogsite Bleeding Cool has uncovered the main character casting details for the new Star Wars 7 film, where desirable traits for each auditioning actor are outlined.
The list that sounds more like a lonely hearts column than desired characteristics for the new instalment to the action fantasy franchise, includes such terms as "good sense of humour", "witty and smart" and "thirtysomething male intellectual".
The call for two "late-teen" females will add more firepower to existing rumours that believe that the main protagonist will be female, but seeing as the list isn't in billing order this should still be taken with a pinch of salt.
The director isn't happy, but has to move to film the new Star Wars flick
J.J Abrams is used to living and working in L.A, but he’ll have to endure a change of scenery to shoot Star Wars VII, as the legendary sci-fi franchise is set to resume in the English capital of London.
So secure and happy is he in L.A, Abrams has actually delved into his own pocket to ensure filming takes place there, but Disney weren’t having it with this one; they paid over $4bn for the right to make this movie, and by Jove they’re going to shoot it in London! Speaking at the Produced By conference, he is quoted by The Guardian as saying, "(It) really does make me insane... When you're 13 and 14, it's like, 'F**k that, I don't care what the movie is'..." He adds of the Star Wars project, "It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honouring but not revering what came before." In other Star Wars news, and we really love Star Wars news, the franchise is set to begin filming in 2014.
Abrams – the man tasked with the job of revitalising the waning series – says: “It is so massive and so important to people."
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII Shooting In London – J.J Abrams Is Moving House
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