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'Star Wars' will get it’s own ‘land’ in the California and Florida parks with two areas spanning over 14-acres each.
At the Disney D23 EXPO on Saturday, Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced some exciting plans for new attractions at the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California. Star Wars, Toy Story and Avatar will all be getting their own new themed attractions, representing a shift away from the traditional Walt Disney characters.
Disney Parks is adding more Star Wars based attractions.
Star Wars land, which will come to both Disney Word and Disney Land, will be the ‘the largest single land expansions either of those parks have ever had," Scott Trowbridge, the Imagineering executive overseeing the project told fans at D23. The area will replace Disneyland's current Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland and open up nearby ‘backstage’ areas. Work on the land is expected to commence sometime in 2017.
The American director has been entrusted with the final instalment of the new 'Star Wars' trilogy, due for 2019.
Following the stupendous success he’s enjoying with Jurassic World, still riding high in global box offices over two months after its release, director Colin Trevorrow has been announced as the helmsman for Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Heroic Hollywood.
The American director, 38, will be in charge of the ninth instalment of Star Wars, the closing part of the third trilogy of movies that will be beginning with The Force Awakens, which is opening in cinemas this December. Episode IX is not scheduled for release until 2019, but groundwork with production artists will be getting under way before 2015 is out.
Colin Trevorrow will be directing 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Calista Flockhart is “100 percent” behind her husband’s return to flying, five months after he had a plane crash in which he suffered a broken pelvis.
Calista Flockhart is fully supportive of her husband’s return to flying. Flockhart’s husband, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford, was involved in a plane crash earlier this year which left him in hospital for a number of weeks. Ford’s quick thinking ensured no one on the ground was injured but it was certainly a near miss.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart at the 86th Annual Oscars in March 2014.
J.J. Abrams broke his back during filming for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
J.J. Abrams, whilst making an appearance on The Daily Show, revealed he broke his back on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 49-year-old director was trying to help Han Solo actor Harrison Ford after an accident on set, in which Harrison broke his ankle, when his injury occurred.
J.J. Abrams at the New York premiere of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nations in July 2015.
Mark Hamill is reprising his voice role as the Joker in the upcoming animated ‘Batman’ film and video game.
Mark Hamill is reprising his role as the voice of the Joker in the upcoming animated film adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. Hamill voiced the Joker, and a number of other small roles, in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 to 1994 and The New Batman Adventures from 1997-1999. He also provided the voice for the Joker in the Batman: Arkham video game series.
Mark Hamill at the U.K. premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014.
Ahmed Best, who ended up voicing the despised CGI character, said that MJ was pressing George Lucas to let him play Jar Jar dressed in prosthetic limbs.
A new interview has revealed that one of the most hated movie characters of all time – Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, no less – might have been even more annoying. Michael Jackson was apparently very enthusiastic to play the irritating Gungan in prosthetic limbs, but was refused by George Lucas.
Ahmed Best, who actually did play Jar Jar, gave an interview with Vice on Thursday in which he made the revelation. Jackson, who passed away in June 2009, was known to be a keen Star Wars fan, keeping life-size figures of Darth Vader, C-3PO and Boba Fett at his Neverland ranch.
Michael Jackson might have played Jar Jar Binks in 'The Phantom Menace'
Benicio Del Toro is reportedly in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).
Benicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.
Amy Schumer’s shoot for GQ, in which she was photographed dressed as a ‘Star Wars’ character, was not approved by Lucasfilm.
Amy Schumer’s Star Wars themed GQ shoot was not approved by Lucasfilm. Schumer featured on the cover of GQ’s August edition in a shoot she designed herself. She was pictured in suggestive poses with robots C-3PO and R2-D2, can-can dancing with Storm troopers and partying in a bar with some beloved Star Wars characters. Some Star Wars fans took to Twitter to express their distaste and Lucasfilm was forced to reply, confirming they had nothing to do with the shoot.
Amy Schumer at the 2015 CinemaCin Big Achievements Awards, held in Las Vegas in April.
Continue reading: Amy Schumer’s ‘Star Wars’ Themed GQ Shoot Was Not Approved By Lucasfilm
Simon Pegg had revealed that the Bond actor would be making a very short guest appearance as a Stormtrooper in the new movie.
Daniel Craig has rubbished the notion of making a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Star Wars movie, after Simon Pegg let slip by accident that the big screen icon will be making a brief turn as a Stormtrooper.
The James Bond actor, busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth movie as the British spy Spectre, gave pretty short shrift to the rumour when it was raised in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Daniel Craig shooting the new James Bond movie Spectre in London in May 2015
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Rubbishes 'Star Wars' Cameo Rumours
The 72 year old was making his first public appearance since his March plane crash.
Harrison Ford gave the audience at the Star Wars Comic Con panel a good excuse to break the convention’s no standing rule on Friday when he made a very special surprise appearance. It was Ford’s first public outing since his plane crash back in March, in which he sustained multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and ankle.
Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The panel to discuss the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens drew a 7,000 strong crowd of diehards, many of who had queued for days to secure a place. Towards the end of the panel moderator Chris Hardwick asked the crowd, “Is Harrison OK? Well, why don’t we see for ourselves?” before bringing out the Han Solo actor.
Han Solo’s backstory is coming to the big screen, with the duo behind ‘The Lego Movie’ directing.
A new Star Wars spin-off movie revealing the backstory of iconic character Han Solo has been announced by Disney. The as-yet-untitled adventure will follow the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, which is set for release next year on December 16th.
A film revealing the back story of Han Solo has been announced by Disney.
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the pair behind the hugely successful Lego Movie will be directing, while father and son team Lawrence and Jon Kasdan will be penning the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Continue reading: Han Solo's Origin Story To Be Told In New 'Star Wars' Spin Off Movie
The former child star played the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 'Star Wars' prequel.
Jake Lloyd starred as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
The 26 year old actor was said to be passing cars on the double yellow line and driving recklessly at high speeds, when cops began pursuing him, with the chase reportedly lasting ‘for miles’ and going into another county.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' Star Jake Lloyd Arrested After Car Chase
The spin off is due out in December 2016
As excitement continues to build for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, fans of the galaxy far, far away have been given even more to get lively about with Forest Whitaker just announced as part of the cast of Star Wars Anthology: Rouge One.
Forest Whitaker will appear in Star Wars spin-off Rogue One
The Star Wars spin off is due to arrive at the big screen at the end of 2016 and already has a stellar line-up that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises).
Continue reading: Forest Whitaker Added To The Cast Of Star Wars: Rogue One
Harrison Ford is back in the skies. The 72-year-old ‘Star Wars’ actor was involved in a plane crash earlier this year but has got back in the cockpit less than three months after sustaining severe injuries.
Harrison Ford has returned to flying less than three months after he was involved in a plane crash. The 72-year-old actor was spotted back at Santa Monica Airport on Thursday (28th May), looking healthy and remarkably calm for someone who had suffered serious injuries from a crash just months before. Ford was also seen co-piloting a helicopter from the airport.
Harrison Ford is back in the skies again.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Flying Again, Three Months After Plane Crash
Exciting news for 'Star Wars' and gaming fans that elements of the upcoming seventh movie will feature in Disney's game 'Infinity 3.0'.
Major video game news today, as Disney released some details about the upcoming third instalment of its successful franchise ‘Infinity’. The sandbox game will feature elements of the hugely anticipated ‘Star Wars’ movie The Force Awakens, in addition to several of the company’s other major franchises.
‘Infinity 3.0’, currently due for release in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, will contain some features connected to The Force Awakens, not due for release in cinemas until Christmas Day. It will also feature gameplay of scenes from the original trilogy and its three prequels.
Elements of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' will feature on Disney's 'Infinity 3.0'
Avengers holds its world premiere in London, as CinemaCon brings out the big names in Vegas. Arnie premieres his new movie in New York, while Jodie Foster films Money Monster on the city's streets. And big new teasers arrive for Star Wars, Fantastic Four and Batman v Superman...
Marvel's Avengers were out in force in London this week for the world premiere of the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Walking the black carpet were stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and writer-director Joss Whedon.
More: View the full set of pictures from The Avengers: Age of Ultron - UK film premiere here
Downey also gave a video interview, and later made the news when he walked out of a chat with a Channel 4 journalist who blatantly ignored instructions not to grill the actors about their personal lives. Click here to watch a rather more positive interview with Robert Downey Jr.
Plot details about the anthology film were revealed at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim over the weekend.
More details have been revealed about the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One, which will star Felicity Jones and is being directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards. The director revealed more details about the film’s plot during a special panel, held on the final day of the Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, California.
Felicity Jones will star in the spin-off
Edwards revealed that the film will focus on a Death Star heist, a piece of info which was later confirmed by the official Star Wars Twitter page who wrote, ‘A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One.’
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Spin Off 'Rogue One' Will Feature Death Star Heist
George Lucas is planning on building affordable housing on his Grady Ranch estate in California. The 'Star Wars' creator was unable to expand his studios on the land so intends to use the space for something "beneficial" to the community.
George Lucas plans to build hundreds of affordable homes for low income families in an area which is largely affluent and with a number of millionaires living within the vicinity. Lucas plans to build 224 homes on the 1039 acres of land available on his Grady Ranch estate in Marin County, California.
George Lucas is building affordable housing on his estate in Marin County.
Harrison Ford is "doing great" after being involved in a plane crash in March and is now back to work on 'Star Wars'.
Star Wars director J.J. Abrams has updated fans on Harrison Ford's health after he was involved in a plane crash earlier this year. Ford is now back working on the next instalment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which he will reprise his role as Han Solo.
Harrison Ford is "doing great" after the plane accident, according to Star Wars director J.J. Abrams.
The trailer was revealed at a star studded press conference in California, during a special Star Wars Celebration event on Thursday.
Star Wars fans got what they’d been waiting for on Thursday, as the second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit. The clip, which shows many of the franchise's new stars along with Harrison Ford as Han Solo, delighted fans who were suitably impressed by director Jj Abrams' efforts.
Han Solo is back! And he's brought Chewie
The trailer opens showing a crashed Star Destroyer and a glimpse of Darth Vader's melted, black mask. Mark Hamill, who is back as Luke Skywalker can also be heard in a voiceover saying 'The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.’
30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has been defeated, and his right hand man, Darth Vader, is dead. The second Death Star has been destroyed, and celebration reigned across the galaxy. But it was not the victory we once thought it was. With Imperial soldiers scattered across the galaxy, the Storm Troopers have rallied behind a new leader, a new Dark Lord of the Sith. But old heroes will rise once again, and come out of retirement, to once again wage war across the stars. The Force has awakened once more.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
The Rebel Alliance struck a terrific blow to the Galactic Empire with the destruction of the Death Star. But now, with the Emperor's right hand man, Darth Vader, on the hunt for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the Alliance are going to have more difficulty fighting them off. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is reluctantly still fighting alongside the Alliance, although his smuggling past and loner demeanour still rub wrongly with Leia Organa (Carry Fisher), who finds him to be nothing more than a stuck up, scruffy-looking Nerf herder. But their petty squabbling will have to be put aside when the Empire comes in search of Luke.
Continue: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Trailer
The galaxy is in turmoil. A Rebel Alliance is rising up against the villainous Galactic Empire but they are still marginalised and easily defeated. The Empire has a secret weapon, something that will ensure their continued hold on the galaxy: The Death Star. The giant space station has the ability to destroy an entire planet, although the Rebel Alliance have successfully stolen the secret plans for it. When Princess Leia Organa of Alderan (Carry Fisher) is captured on her way to deliver the plans to the Alliance, she is forced to send them inside a droid to the closest planet - Tatooine. There, a young moisture farmer, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who dreams of something greater for himself, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and save the galaxy along the way.
Continue: Star Wars: A New Hope Trailer
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A trade dispute on the planet Naboo has led to a full-scale invasion of the planet. Two members of the of the honourable Jedi Order, Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) travel to the Trade Federation flagship to negotiate an end to the blockade. While they are there, however, they uncover a secret invasion of the entire planet which threatens to endanger millions of lives. Their quest to save the planet and keep the peace will lead them to a young boy with incredible potential. And the fate of the entire galaxy will be thrown into danger.
Continue: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Trailer
After five long years, the Clone Wars are still raging across the galaxy. Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), the Separatist leader and his minion, General Grievous, have captured the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are tasked with his rescue. Once the chancellor is saved and Dooku is defeated, the location of General Grievous is discovered. If the Jedi can send a strike force to capture or kill Grievous, then they will be able to end the war entirely. But there is a darkness growing within Anakin, and the Jedi Order are slowly starting to become aware of it. But as the power of the Chancellor continues to grow, and his hold over Anakin grows too, leading to a revelation which will forever change the galaxy, and lead to a greater, more destructive war.
Continue: Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Trailer
During the creation of 'Star Wars' in 1977, the now iconic design for the Millennium Falcon was completely different. During the design stage, the ship was a longer, more streamlined design, yet it bared too similar resemblance to a space ship from a different movie. When George Lucas told the designers that they needed to come up with something else, and he didn't even care if it just looked like a flying saucer, the most iconic spaceship in film history was created.
Discontent is spreading across the galaxy. A separatist movement, led by the fallen Jedi Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) is challenging the Galactic Republic for power. Now the Jedi Order are forced to do all they can to keep the peace in the galaxy, all the while knowing that war is brewing on the horizon. When former Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator for the planet, is caught up in a failed assassination attempt, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) must seek out the source of the attack, and do all they can to prevent the war that is coming to the galaxy.
Continue: Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Trailer
The Rebel Alliance has fallen into an incredibly dark time. With the destruction of their base in the Hoth system, they have suffered numerous setbacks and defeats across the galaxy. It has been a crushing time for the heroes of the Rebel Alliance as well, as Han Solo (Harrison Ford) has been captured by the ruthless Darth Vader and sent to the vicious crime boss Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has suffered greatly, too. Not only has he learned the truth about Vader being his father, but he has lost his hand in a battle with the dark lord of the Sith. Luke must first rescue Han, and then face up to his destiny and battle Vader for the fate of the galaxy.
Continue: Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi Trailer
For the fans that just can't wait until December, 'Star Wars' is set to a release a new HD collection for digital distribution.
'Star Wars' is a phenomenon. The oddball 1977 original movie (later deemed to be "Part 4") was the first true blockbuster, changing the way movies are merchandised and reigniting the steadily dying science fiction genre. It turned the space opera into a crowd-pleasing licence to print money, and we all love it for that. On the other hand, the best way to send any self-respecting geek into a fit of frothing rage is even allude to the prequel trilogy without discussing how you would have made it better yourself.
Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars: A New Hope'
The thing is, the original trilogy is still held in such high regard, that the series is still a viable investment; not only are we getting an entirely new trilogy beginning at the end of 2015, but a remastered collection of the entire saga so far is set to be released digitally online on 10th April, 2015. As if you needed something to get you in the mood.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The majestic order of honourable, strong Jedi, do all they can to keep the peace in a galaxy slowly tearing itself apart through trade disputes and separatist uprisings. All the while, they are becoming aware of the steady growth of an ancient group of darker, hate filler Jedi known as The Sith, are returning. In amongst their troubles, a young boy is discovered; a boy who could be more powerful than any Jedi that has ever lived. If a legendary prophecy can be believed, he is the one who will destroy the Sith and bring balance back to the Force - the energy which binds all life together.
Following last summer’s 'Back to the Future' event, 'The Empire Strikes Back' is the next classic to get the Secret Cinema treatment.
The idea of actually being a part of Star Wars has fuelled the fantasies of sci-fi fans for decades now, but their dreams could soon become a reality as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has been revealed as the next Secret Cinema event.
Secret Cinema is headed to a galaxy far, far away
Writing on twitter, Secret Cinema’s organisers announced they would be presenting the sci-fi classic in London this summer, from June to August, with tickets going on sale later this month.
Disney's CEO Bob Iger said that specific details for 'Star Wars' theme park attractions would be announced "soon".
In an investors call on Tuesday with Wall Street analysts, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger stated: “a fair amount of design and development (taking place by the company’s Imagineers) to greatly increase ‘Star Wars’’ presence in multiple locations around the world.”
Plans for 'Star Wars' theme park attractions at Disney locations will be unveiled "soon"
Continue reading: Disney Teases Plans For 'Star Wars' Theme Park Features
Before Disney bought the rights to the sci-fi franchise, the 70-year-old filmmaker was planning to direct 'Episode VII.'
As the hotly anticipated J.J. Abrams-directed sequel 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' prepares to hit theatres later this year, the sci-fi film franchise's original creator George Lucas recently admitted he initially wanted to make the next instalment.
Lucas has amditted he was planning a 'Star Wars: Episode VII' before Disney's acquisition
The retired filmmaker has revealed to USA Today that he originally planned to shoot 'Episode VII' for a May 2015 release, prior to Disney acquiring LucasFilm and the rights to 'Star Wars' in 2012 for $4 billion.
Continue reading: George Lucas Admits He Wanted To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for Luke Skywalker and company, as both the light and dark of the universe clash once again. Episode VII, entitled 'Star Wars:
Will Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off movie focus on a group of bounty hunters?
It's a big week for Star Wars. The first trailer for The Force Awakens drops on Friday (November 28, 2014), though a juicy rumor about Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta's spin-off movie is also doing the rounds.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast during the first script read-through
The information arrived at Slash Film from who they describe as a "single good source" and when put to LucasFilm, they declined to comment. It's likely that the speculation may be confirmed as accurate once the trailer drops at the end of the week.
Continue reading: Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Could Focus On Bounty Hunters
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the title chosen by Disney - though is it right for the franchise?
Star Wars fans have been having their say on the recently announced full title for Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The news arriving in an official tweet, which also announced the completion of principal photography on the project, set for release on December 20, 2015.
Production on Star Wars: The Force Awakens began at Pinewood in May 2014
Rumors had circulated earlier this year that The Ancient Fear was being considered for the title, though those proved unfounded.
Continue reading: Star Wars Fans Buckle Over 'The Force Awakens' Title
JJ Abrams wont be making the same mistake as George Lucas’s prequels.
Anthony Daniels, the actor who has appeared as C-3PO in all six Star Wars films, has confirmed that no CGI will be used for his character in Jj Abrams upcoming Episode VII. The actor, who is the only member of the Star Wars cast to appear in all six films, was replaced by CGI animation for C-3PO’s action seances in the prequel trilogy.
Anthony Daniels has always been the man behind C-3PO
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Daniels said, “There’s no way I would just do the voice. I will tell you that when JJ Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn’t take long — but he then said, ‘Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?’ I said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘Right!’ He knew I’d say that.”
The 'Game of Thrones' swordsman has joined the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII', but will he be tasked with swapping the sword for a lightsaber?
The actor Miltos Yerolemou, the best known for playing swordsman Syrio Forel in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' series, has joined the cast of Disney's 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. Yerolemou has played numerous parts involving sword-fighting throughout his career and it is assumed he will take up a similar role, perhaps with a lightsaber, in J.J Abrams' movie.
J.J Abrams on set in Dubai
BBC News report that Yerolemou's role is not thought to be a major one, though LucasFilm have declined to comment on the casting.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Actor Cast In 'Star Wars: Episode VII''
Free-to-download game was released today, and follows a familiar 'base building' genre like Clash of Clans.
Lucasfilm and Disney have teamed up once more, this time for a tablet-based computer game entitled Star Wars: Commander. The new game was released on iPhone and iPad today, with versions for other devices to follow at a later date.
Disney has already announced its Star Wars Rebels TV Show
Looking at the existing stills for the new game, it’s clearly based on the Clash of Clans ‘base building’ model that has spawned a glut of similar titles. Players construct their own bases, then attacks those belonging to other players while simultaneously defending their own. Here, though, the landscape is Tatooine and the building blocks of the game are TIE fighters and Stormtroopers.
Continue reading: Disney And LucasFilm Team Up Again For 'Star Wars' Game
Star Wars: Episode VII is back on track!
Star Wars: Episode VII is due to resume filming this month following a brief hiatus to allow Harrison Ford to recover from the leg injury that he suffered on set in June. Ford - who reprises his role as Han Solo - broke his left leg whilst shooting at Pinewood studios and later underwent surgery
The cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Ford showed up and appeared in good health at Monday's Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood and sources confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that production is set to resume on Star Wars. It is not clear whether Ford will fly back to London immediately.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Back On Track After Harrison Ford's Injury
The new series will premiere in October on Disney Channel
Disney and Lucasfilm have released a seven minute preview of the new animated series 'Star Wars: Rebels' ahead of its premiere in October.The clip, acting as a sort of extended teaser, is set on the planet Lothal as the Empire arrives and generally throws its weight around and oppresses the locals.
Star Wars Rebels arrives after The Clone Wars was ceased mis-season
On first impressions, the new series is visually bright and retains authentic sounds from the original movie franchise, such as the roar of the TIE fighters, while the overall aesthetic appears reasonably faithful.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: Rebels' Unveils Preview Trailer For New Animated Series
With new Star Wars Episode VII plot details flying around the rumor mill, fanfare surrounding the film is starting to build
J.J. Abrams has been incrementally dripping visual information regarding the upcoming reboot, Star Wars: Episode VII; we’ve had a glimpse at a bustling Tattooine marketplace and a chess table from the Millennium Falcon. Now, while talking about Ep. VII’s competition via Omaze, fans got a peek at a new breed of X-Wing.
The Star Wars Episode VII cast get together for a readthrough of the film's script
Standing in front of the new ship, Abrams makes one final plea for fans of the franchise and newcomers alike to get involved in a competition “to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families around the world” by supporting UNICEF’s Innovation Labs.
Well, the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' plot is weirder than we expected...
A Star Wars Episode 7 plot leak, from the usually reliable Badass Digest, has thrown the Universe into disarray this weekend. We're still treating this as a rumour, but if you're totally against hearing anything about J.J Abrams' movie until its release, stop reading now. Check out some casting news instead.
A still from the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script read through
Ok, so according to the leak, the movie begins with a severed hand, gripping a light saber, floating around space. The limb comes to rest on a desert planet, where it is discovered by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega's characters. The pair meet Han Solo and Chewbacca who recognize the lightsaber as belonging to someone they know.
Continue reading: Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Leak, Or Luke Skywalker's Severed Hand
Christina Chong has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode 7.
Actress Christina Chong, probably best known for 24: Live Another Day, has signed on for a small role in JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode 7', according to Latino Review. Chong's previous credits include Madonna's W.E.
Her casting comes not long after a couple of unknown actors, Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson, also joined the cast. The former will play the ambitious street orphan Rachel who uses "humor and guts to get by." Anderson plays Thomas, a fatherless guy in his late teens or early twenties who "understands you can't take life too seriously."
Continue reading: Who Will Christina Chong Play In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?
There will be stormtroopers.
Smith posted a selfie in which he appeared to be tearing up. It was only when he had a chat to the Flickering Myth podcast that he revealed that a) he did cry, four times in fact and b) there are Stormtroopers.
Kevin Smith's big day out
Star Wars Episode VII has done a pretty good job of churning out fairly newsworthy stuff since it was announced following Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and everything related to a galaxy far, far away.
Yes, ‘this person is starring as this thing,’ or ‘this old guy broke his leg doing this, or even ‘this man is in charge of another thing do to with this thing’ – they all happened and they were just about newsworthy. But with nothing that important taking place, it looks like we’ll have to talk about Kevin Smith, who took a photo of his own face while being around all the Star Wars things going on.
Continue reading: No 'Star Wars Episode VII' News Means Kevin Smith Takes Centre Stage
Lupita Nyong'o has discussed 'Star Wars', the Academy Awards and Shakespeare in her cover interview with Vogue. Here are 5 things we didn't know about the '12 Years A Slave' actress before.
Lupita Nyong'o has graced the cover of Vogue for the fashion bible's July cover. The 31-year-old actress looked and sounded fantastic in the pictures and accompanying interview. The relative newcomer to our screens stole our hearts with her performance in 12 Years A Slave. A year and an Academy Award later and we can't get enough of the talented and beautiful star.
Lupita Nyong'o is July's Vogue cover.
So here are five things we learned about Nyong'o from her Vogue interview:
Continue reading: 5 Things We Didn't Know About Lupita Nyong'o Before Her Vogue Cover
Johnson tweeted a scene from the outer space classic The Right Stuff in which Scott Glenn, as astronaut Alan Shepard, says, "Dear Lord, please don't let me f*ck up."
We don’t get many leftfield directorial appointments in the world of movies, so Rian Johnson’s Star Wars nod really is something to savour. Johnson will direct Star Wars Episode VIII, and word on the street is that he’ll be working Episode IX, too.
Rian Johnson big pressure on his hands with two Star Wars movies to direct
The reaction to Disney and LucasFilm’s decision has been reasonably muted, which should be taken as a positive sign for Johnson. He has a short but impressive CV, including the highly celebrated Brick, his excellent work on the complex, intricate sci-fi thriller Looper and of course, three episodes of Breaking Bad – The Fly, Fifty-One and Ozymandias.
Continue reading: What You Need To Know About Rian Johnson's Star Wars Appointment
The 40 year-old film-maker has been targeted by Lucasflim to write and direct the next two instalments of the newly rebooted sci-fi trilogy.
The forthcoming 'Star Wars' trilogy may have just found its next director.
Lucasfilm have apparently approached filmmaker Rian John to write and direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII' and 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' Deadline reports.
The 40 year-old would be taking over from the sci-fi franchise's current director J.J. Abrams, who has previously insinuated that he would only take the helm of 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' which is currently being filmed in the U.K.'s Pinewood Studios.
Chancellor George Osborne is excited about a new Star Wars spin-off, but not in the same way sci-fi geeks are. In fact, he announced the news that it would be filmed in the U.K via Twitter with the hashtag “#LongTermEconomicPlan”. Exciting, huh?
The spin-off, which has been rumoured to centre on one of Star Wars’ iconic supporting characters; Han Solo and Boba Fett have been heavily rumoured. Mr Osborne said: “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain,” in a statement. “This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpenters.”
The screen icon has just released his third E.P of metal covers which includes a version of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'
He’s been the evil wizard Saruman in one of the biggest grossing blockbuster franchises of all time. He’s played Dracula on almost a dozen occasions, a bond villain and a Sith Lord and he has been knighted by the Queen for his commitment to acting. He’s accepted a BAFTA Fellowship Award for over sixty years of service to the film industry, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the British Film Institute. Yet Sir Christopher Lee, now 92, and still maintaining a commendable acting repertoire, has just begun a career as a heavy metal vocalist. That’s right, the legendary actor and go-to Hollywood villain also possesses a serious set of pipes, and his ominous baritone has found a natural home within the most melodramatic of genres.
Christopher Lee already has three E.P's and an album under his belt
To celebrate his 92nd birthday, Lee has recently released an E.P of covers entitled Metal Night, which is now available to purchase. The record will be his third covers E.P, after two Christmas-themed E.P’s were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Lee also received the accolade of the oldest living musician to enter the music charts as his song ‘Jingle Hell’ reached 18th in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His current release features covers of two tracks from the Don Quixote smash-hit Broadway musical Man La Mancha.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About Christopher Lee's Metal Covers Album
Is Inception really the 10th best film of all time?
Empire Magazine has named Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as the best movie of all time after 250,000 avid film fans adopted their democratic right to vote.
Of course, the conspiracy theorists amongst you will question the timing of this ‘poll’; smack bang in the middle of the Star Wars: Episode VII. Some might say a cynical marketing ploy is afoot, and the completely insane ones might even suggest Empire Magazine naming The Empire Strikes back is no coincidence.
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
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.
Harrison Ford seems pretty up for 'Blade Runner 2'.
Harrison Ford has described the prospect of starring in a Blade Runner sequel as "curious and exciting." The veteran actor - who is apparently starring in JJ Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII - spoke of Ridley Scott's planned movie during a Reddit Ask My Anything session on Sunday (April 13, 2014).
Harrison Ford Is Up For 'Blade Runner 2'
"I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker," wrote Ford. "And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character."
Continue reading: Looks Like 'Blade Runner 2' Is A Thing. And Harrison Ford Is Ready.
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
Disney executive Alan Horn also confirmed that most of the cast has been finalized, but problems arose with the movie's screenplay.
The hotly anticipated seventh instalment of the famed 'Star Wars' movie franchise has begun filming. The exciting news came from Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, and he also revealed that most of the casting, which is still relatively unknown, has been completed.
J.J. Abrams will be directing Episode VII
When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter this past Wednesday (April 2nd), Horn confirmed, "We have a lot of [the cast in place] . We're just not completely done yet."
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has Commenced Filming Says Disney
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'
Adam Driver will play Star Wars Episode VII's primary villain.
Yesterday, we heard news that 'Girls' actor Adam Driver was close to penning a contract to star as the primary villain in J.J Abrams' Star Wars: Episode 7. Details remain sketchy, though sources speaking to Variety claims the villain will be in the same vein as Darth Vader, perhaps the most iconic Star Wars character.
Adam Driver Will Play The Primary Villain in 'Star Wars Episode 7'
Driver, 30, is the first actor to be pinned down to a concrete role in Episode VII, though the likes of Gary Oldman, Zac Efron, Jesse Plemons and Michael B Jordan continue to be linked with the movie, set to open in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Continue reading: Did Adam Driver Beat Michael Fassebender To Star Wars Episode 7 Role?
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 actor took part in a Reddit AMA, but managed to sidestep questions regarding his potential role in the upcoming 'Star Wars' reboot
Older Luke could adopt the hermit-like get up favoured by Alec Guinness' Obi Wan Kenobi
Mark Hamill kept tight lipped when he took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit earlier this week in regards to his potential involvement in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. The 62-year-old actor, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, was open and answered most questions as thoroughly as possible, but when the Star Wars reboot questions inevitably came up, he managed to give very little away.
In response to being quizzed over Carrie Fisher apparently letting it slip that she and Mark will be in the new films, he replied, "The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it."
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Keeps Quiet When Quizzed About 'Star Wars VII' Role
J.J. Abrams ignites the anticipation for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' after confirming he, and Lawrence Kasdan, have completed the script: "We have our script and we're full steam ahead."
J.J Abrams has just excited the legion of Star Wars fans around the world after he confirmed the script for 'Episode VII' is complete.
The 47 year-old also revealed shooting will begin as early as May in England.
Abrams stopped by the Television Critics Association winter press tour to talk about his new NBC series 'Believe' this past Sunday (Jan 19th), and it wasn't long before the space film franchise became the center of conversation.
Death Row Records' former chief engineer Rick Clifford reveals Tupac was scheduled to audition for a Jedi Master role in 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace', the part eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson.
The revelation came from the former Death Row Records chief engineer Rick Clifford.
The 'Hit Em Up' rapper was supposedly set to read the part of a Jedi master for 1999's 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace', before his death on September 13th 1996.
Inspired by the sci-fi classic, a Polish telecommunications company have unveiled plans to release a program that lets you communicate via a 3-D hologram
It doesn't just appear in Star Wars when Luke Skywalker intercepts the message for Obi Wan from Princess Leia, but also in Futurama, Total Recall and countless other sci-fis and parodies, and now the 3-D hologram phone may be made available to you too!
The first Star Wars made us all want to communicate via holograms and soon we will be able to
The revolutionary communication technique is being masterminded by Polish telecommunications company Leia Display Systems, named after the 1977 classic's female hero. It has taken nearly forty years since we first saw the idea presented to us on the big screen, but now it looks as though science fiction will become science fact, and sooner than you may expect. According to the firm’s chief executive Marcin Panek, the hologram communication device could be available in as little as five years time.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Phone Aims To Revolutionise The Way We Communicate
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 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
Star Wars and Xbox 360 Monday 2nd April 2012 Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 joined morning commuters today in anticipation for the launch of the Kinect Star Wars game on Tuesday 3rd April, exclusively on Xbox 360
Star Wars and Droid - Star Wars robot R2D2 is forced to use an elevator at the BT Tower after struggling to make it down the flight of stairs following the film's Blu-Ray launch party. Perhaps he wasn't the droid we were looking for after all London, England - Star Wars Blu-Ray - launch party at BT Tower - Outside departures Thursday 15th September 2011
Nick Moran, Droid, Star Wars and Stock Thursday 15th September 2011 Nick Moran arrives at the BT Tower but is turned away by security staff. It seems the 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' star had got his dates mixed up as he was expecting to have his name on the door for a VIP private viewing of 'Real Steal', which is actually showing tomorrow. He must have been a little confused when he noticed Stormtroopers and the odd droid pottering about, as it was in fact the Star Wars Blue-Ray DVD launch instead. London, England
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