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Star Wars rumour: Millennium Falcon built for Episode VII

- November 29th, 2013

Another week, another Star Wars rumour.

We still don’t have any firm casting news for Episode VII other than R2-D2′s appearance, but according to Yahoo! Movies the Millennium Falcon has been built for the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

“A full-scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon has been built as well as the interiors of the ship for filming,” a source told the website. “The Falcon is done – inside and out. The sets were built off-site, ready to move when Lucasfilm/Bad Robot were ready to move into Pinewood.”

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Disney and LucasFilm have yet to confirm any news surrounding the film – other than its Dec. 18, 2015, release date – so nothing is official until you hear it from them. But if the Millennium Falcon does return, I think it’s safe to assume that Harrison Ford’s Han Solo will appear in the new film.

During an appearance on David Letterman, Samuel L. Jackson revealed that Mark Hamill, who was tipped to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker, and Ewan McGregor, who was rumoured to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, had not been contacted about appearing in Episode VII.

But if Yahoo! Movies’ report turns out to be true, we can probably assume that the Millennium Falcon will play a big role in the upcoming trilogy.

What do you think? Is this a good sign for Episode VII? Sound off in the comments below.

‘Star Wars’ rumour: Harrison Ford to play Han Solo in multiple ‘Star Wars’ films?

- October 28th, 2013

So, take this with a huge grain of salt.

Jedi News is reporting that a deal is in place for Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII. That part I can believe. But apparently his deal to play the smuggler was in place before Disney bought LucasFilm last fall.

According to Jedi News, Ford has also agreed to play the character in at least two of the three upcoming Star Wars sequels.

Ford wanted to see the synopsis for his character’s development over more than just Episode 7. He saw this in August and is happy with the story arc.

Another tidbit of news that could raise a few eyebrows is the fact that Ford may have wanted a commitment on a fifth Indiana Jones movie. As you’ll remember, Ford made headlines a few weeks back when he said he’d play the swashbuckling archeologist again in a “New York minute.”

On this, Jedi News says that an outline will be completed by the end of the 2014 calendar year, and if everyone’s happy (presumably Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ford), then filming will take place in 2015 for a 2016 release.

I’m a little skeptical of this one, since Indiana Jones is produced by Paramount Pictures and Disney would have no sway on that property.

Ford has been teasing fans for months that he will be appearing in the new Star Wars, and on an appearance on the The Tonight Show last week, he didn’t deny that he will be playing Han Solo again amidst host Jay Leno’s constant grilling.

He had a similar reaction earlier in the month during a segment on the U.K.’s Graham Norton Show.

Star Wars: Episode VII had a shakeup last week with screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story) exiting the project and being replaced by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

In a statement on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wrote: “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script.”

The new film begins shooting early next year, and will be released in 2015.

In the meantime, what do you think of Harrison Ford (possibly) playing Han Solo in more than one of the upcoming Star Wars sequels? And, what about this Indy news? Will Ford be too old for the character by the time 2016 rolls around? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.

You can also check out this vintage blooper from Star Wars in which Ford “eats” his microphone after flubbing his lines.

It’s funny stuff, I promise.

LucasFilm denies J.J. Abrams quitting ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- July 23rd, 2013
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J.J. Abrams is seen at the premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness in this May 2012 file photo. Brian To/WENN.com

 

After rumours surfaced over the weekend that J.J. Abrams was exiting Star Wars: Episode VII, LucasFilm has issued a statement saying the director is still committed to the film.

“There is no truth to the rumour (that he has quit),” reports IGN. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”

If Star Wars isn’t your thing, and you’re more of a Trekkie, we’re getting word that Star Trek 3 will be written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Fringe, X-Men: First Class). Apparently, Paramount wants the third instalment ready for the 50th anniversary of Trek in 2016.

Abrams has previously said that he’s open to doing both Star Wars and Star Trek, but that timeline, and Star Wars’ 2015 release date, makes that proposition seem unlikely.

Last week, Abrams’ production company Bad Robot tweeted a photo of what many speculated was Michael Arndt’s screenplay for Episode VII.

During an interview with MTV at Comic-Con last weekend, Harrison Ford, who is expected to return as Han Solo, called Abrams a “great storyteller.”

“He’s developed an enormous filmmaking skill. I think it’s a daunting project, and he’s the kind of guy that can take on huge challenges and deliver.”

New ‘Star Wars’ movies every year starting in 2015

- April 17th, 2013

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So, good news if you’re a Star Wars fan. Disney has revealed it has big plans in store for the franchise.

Starting with 2015′s Episode VII, the company is planning a new film every year for at least five years.

Disney made the announcement at CinemaCon earlier today. The plan will see the company alternate between a new trilogy of films being kickstarted by J.J. Abrams and various spinoff pictures.

In February, Disney announced plans for standalone films focusing on a young Han Solo and Boba Fett.

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In addition to the Solo and Fett films, Ain’t it Cool reported that a standalone Yoda film is also in the works.

Episode VII will hit theatres in the summer of 2015 along with Avengers 2. So it will definitely be a busy summer for Disney, which owns both properties.

Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is writing the screenplay for 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.

Is this Star Wars overload or movie-going heaven? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Harrison Ford to play Han Solo in ‘Star Wars VII’

- February 15th, 2013

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Harrison Ford has reportedly agreed to reprise his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII.

The news was reported on Fox News Latino by famed movie reporter Umberto ‘El Mayimbe’ Gonzalez.

In a 2010 interview with Peter Travers, Ford said he didn’t think there was a way to “weave” Solo back in to any future films.

He continued adding: “I thought he should have died in the last one… (But) George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”

According to Mayimbe, the deal is done to bring back Ford for the seventh instalment, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams. “It’s just a formality, right now,” he said. “The deal is pretty big…it’s significant.”

Earlier this month, Disney announced it intends to make Han Solo and Boba Fett spin-off films.

According to EW.com, the film focusing on Han Solo will be set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

The Boba Fett spin-off will take place between Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

So, what do you make of this latest Harrison Ford news? Is it good for the franchise, or are you cringing all over? Let us know in the comments.