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Could Bradley Cooper be the new Indiana Jones?

- March 26th, 2014

Not sure how Indiana Jones fans will take this latest rumour. According to Latino Review, Disney could be contemplating rebooting their swashbuckling archaeologist with none other than Bradley Cooper for the titular role.

It’s worked a number of times for James Bond, so the thinking could be straight reboot, not a sequel.
In an interview last fall, Harrison Ford said he’d be up for playing Indy a fifth time, “In a New York minute.”

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“I don’t think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart,” Ford said while promoting Ender’s Game in an interview with The Graham Norton Show [via Digital Spy]. “I’m old enough that we don’t need [Sean] Connery any more – I’m old enough to play my own father!”

Last summer, Ford told The Telegraph, “We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass.”

As recently as 2011, writer George Lucas was saying he was still trying to figure out a suitable story for Indiana Jones 5. “I really haven’t found the MacGuffin (that’s the plot device for you non-Hitchcock fans) yet,” Lucas told Vulture. “I mean, I know what it’s about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we’re working in.”

But after Disney acquired the Indiana Jones property late last year, Alan Horn, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, said that a new Indy film was at least two or three years away. “We don’t have a story. We need a story,” he told Variety.

By then, Ford will be almost 75.

So what do you think about Indy being recast, and if someone new plays the character, is Cooper the right choice? Sound off in the comments below.

Star Wars rumour: Obi-Wan Kenobi to appear in ‘Episode VII’

- August 16th, 2013

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Okay, so the other day reports surfaced that Ian McDiarmid will return as Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII. Now we’re getting word via Latino Review that Ewan McGregor will be back as Obi-Wan Kenobi in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel.

Palpatine is rumoured to return as an evil Sith “ghost,” while Obi-Wan Kenobi will return as a Jedi “ghost.” Played by Alec Guinness in George Lucas’ original trilogy, Obi-Wan was killed by Darth Vader in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

A spectral Obi-Wan appeared in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Previously, McGregor has said he’d reprise his role, tweeting as much earlier this year.

And in an interview with MTV during promotional duties for Jack the Giant Slayer, McGregor revealed his own idea for an Obi-Wan spinoff.

“I think it’s a good idea,” McGregor said, when asked about giving the character his own film. “The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, ‘Episode III,’ before Alec Guinness, there’s that period where he’s in the desert.

“That might be my window, there, to tell that story,” McGregor said. “I don’t know what he did in the desert. We could make up some stuff.”

Disney as said it plans to make a Star Wars film every year from 2015 until 2020, with spinoffs being eyed for Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda.

Whatever direction Abrams and writer Michael Arndt take, McGregor told MTV he’s game for returning as Obi Wan.

“Could be quite exciting. I’d be up for it, for sure, of course.”

Although Guinness appeared in Episodes V and VI, Lucas did replace Sebastian Shaw (who played the ghost of Anakin Skywalker at the end of Return of the Jedi) with Hayden Christensen in the 2004 DVD release. So I suppose J.J. could just as easily use McGregor.

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What do you think of this latest rumour? Are you excited? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

J.J. Abrams had ‘conversations’ about directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- December 26th, 2012

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When Disney announced that it was planning a new series of Star Wars films after acquiring the rights from creator George Lucas, the first question on many fans’ minds was: Who is going to write and direct the new trilogy?

J.J. Abrams was at the top of many lists to direct the first instalment after he successfully injected new life into Star Trek and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series.

Well, it appears fans and movie execs think alike. Abrams was offered the gig, at least in the preliminary stages, but turned it down. The director tells Empire Magazine that he and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy talked about it.

“[T]here were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things,” he told Empire (via Coming Soon). ” I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

That leaves X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn as the front-runner to direct Episode VII, which is due out in 2015. Vaughn was tipped in November as an early favourite, and his odds increased after it was announced that Bryan Singer will be behind the camera for the next X-Men film.

The one thing that’s certain are the writers. Oscar-winning Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine), will write Episode VII, with Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinsberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) writing the other two instalments.

Abrams’ upcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, is set to hit theatres next May.

In the meantime, who do you think should direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Let us know in the comments.

Harrison Ford ‘open’ to doing ‘Star Wars 7′

- November 6th, 2012

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It’s been almost 30 years since Harrison Ford appeared as Han Solo in Return of the Jedi, but after Disney announced it is producing a new series of Star Wars films it looks like the actor wants to make a return to his most iconic role.

Entertainment Weekly quotes a “highly placed source” who says that “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.” As you’ll remember, Ford’s part as Han Solo in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi propelled him on to Blade Runner, the Indiana Jones series and The Fugitive, among others.

The plot line of the upcoming Star Wars sequel is a secret, but when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a $4.05 billion deal last month the deal included “a pretty extensive treatment of the next three movies.”

Creator George Lucas, who had always envisioned the films as a nine-part series, said that his goal was to “pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” On Monday, Collider reported that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Wanted, and X-Men: First Class) was in talks to direct Episode VII.

The news about the planned films didn’t surprise Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. The actor told Entertainment Weekly last month that Lucas had revealed his plans for the new films to both him and actress Carrie Fisher (who played Princess Leia).

“George did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII and IX,” Hamill told the magazine.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford will be waiting until there is a finished script and director in place before agreeing to reprise the character.

Still also up in the air for the actor is a possible 5th Indy film and the Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel. But given the choice between Doctor Jones, Deckard and Han Solo, I think we know who audiences will choose.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.