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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ title revealed

- November 6th, 2014

Disney has announced that filming has wrapped on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. They’ve also revealed the film’s full title – Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in London and Abu Dhabi. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow joined the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie in the new film.

On the eve of filming, Abrams released a statement saying, “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again.”

The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18, 2015

It didn’t take long for people on Twitter to make fun of the title with #rejectedstarwarstitles becoming a trending hashtag on Thursday.

Here were some of our favourites.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ rumour: Luke Skywalker’s future

- October 2nd, 2014

Star Wars rumours are like storm troopers: they’re endless, relentless, and more of an annoyance than anything else.

They also tend to be forgotten by the next news cycle.

That being said, this rumour is rather interesting. Out of respect for online dwellers, consider the following classic storm troopers gif your spoiler alert.

Making Star Wars, a news outlet dedicated to piecing together various clues Episode VII director J.J. Abrams tweets out and leaked photos of occurrences on set, reports Luke

Skywalker may be following in his father’s footsteps.

The once rebel fighter may have turned to the dark side, much like his father Anakin Skywalker decided to do in Episode III before becoming Darth Sidious’ padewan and transforming into Darth Vader.

According to Making Star Wars and film news site Jo Blo, the recent scoop comes from a leaked production photo that showcases a “cyborg-like villain in a familiar cloak,” leaving an old AT-AT walker, presumably on the ice planet Hoth.

Making Star Wars breaks down the scene even further, adding that Kira (Daisy Ridley) is venturing off to meet Luke, optimistically hoping she can convince him to help her fight some kind of unknown Sith lord. Her hopes are shattered, however, when she learns he has turned into this futuristic Sith-like cyborg.

It sounds a little preposterous, but as Jo Blo writer Alex Maidy points out, it wouldn’t be the first time Luke has grappled with good and evil in the Star Wars universe.

In the expanded universe, including novels and comic books, Luke has often dealt with balancing the good and evil territories that accompany being a Jedi, or in his father’s case, a Jedi turned Sith lord.

Will this be the end of boy scout Luke and the beginning of a more interesting character?

No one will know for certain until the movie is released December 18, 2015.

Although, as long as there’s no solitary tear slowly running down Luke’s face like it did Anakin’s in Revenge of the Sith, it might just turn out A-OK.

Adam Driver playing a good guy in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?

- September 17th, 2014

For a guy who is notoriously great at keeping plot details a secret, J.J. Abrams has been faced with a variety of leaks from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – shooting now in England.

Last week, images from an aviation company showed Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon under construction and an X-Wing Fighter under a tarp. Today, eagle-eyed Twitterers @henricku75 and @JamesDeanGB posted photos of Adam Driver in what looks like an X-Wing pilot uniform.

Until now, the scuttlebutt on the Internet had posited that Driver would be playing a Vader-like villain in Episode VII. So if he’s playing a good guy, then who’s the baddie? Or maybe he starts out good and turns bad a la Anakin Skywalker?

With all these leaks, it doesn’t look like Abrams is going to be able to keep the plot genie in the bottle.

‘Star Wars 7′ shocker: Millennium Falcon spotted from the sky

- September 10th, 2014

So you never know what you’ll see when you’re out flying a plane near the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The film is currently filming in England and Matthew Myatt from the Airbourne Aviation flying club was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing fighter from the sky.

In the image below, you can see the Falcon under construction and an X-Wing fighter under what looks like a tarp. Both of them appear to be built to scale.

Director J.J. Abrams is reportedly using more traditional effects in the upcoming instalment and relying less on the CG effects of Episode I: The Phantom Menace and its sequels. In an recent Girls in Hoodies podcast, Rian Johnson, who will helm Episode VIII said that there was a lot of “practical building for this one.”

 

A video was posted just a few hours after the photo made its rounds on the internet, showing off more of the secretive set.

In interview with my colleague Steve Tilley at TIFF his week, Abrams’ pal Simon Pegg talked about his recent set visit, saying that the film looks fantastic. “I cannot tell you a single thing,” he added. “People sometimes criticize J. J. for how protective he is of his stuff, which I find baffling because all he’s doing is trying to protect the audience experience.”

Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

X-wing fighter shown off in new ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ video

- July 21st, 2014

Just like that, the internet exploded.

J.J. Abrams has finally figured out the internet and is using his incredible powers for good this time around.

In a recent video shot from the London set of the new film, Star Wars director Abrams appears to be standing in front of an X-wing fighter, an almost exact replicate of the ones used in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy.

Even the uniform worn by the Rebel pilot who rudely interrupts Abrams’ speech looks identical to the revered one sported by Luke Skywalker.

Before the commenters begin raging about the lack of attention paid to the crucial changes made that we can obviously see on the ship, let me digress.

The most eye-catching change is the use of mostly blue paint to highlight the aircraft as opposed to the striking redish orange used in the original trilogy by the Red Squadron. There are also only half of the thrusters, with each side sporting one instead of two.

One significant change I completely missed that Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican pointed out (and it is a doozy) is the lack of compartment space made for an R2 of some sort to travel in. Are we meant to believe the new squadron of fighter pilots will be flying sans robot? Let’s hope not.

There’s been some talk on the internet (naturally, it comes with the Star Wars territory) the gigantic vehicle towering over Abrams isn’t an X-wing, but is in fact a Z-95 Headhunter ship.

According to the official Star Wars account, which was verified by the people at Twitter, “It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.”

 

The entire video was created in support of the “official” charity Abrams and his production crew have become a part of, Star Wars: Force For Change. The charity works in partnership with UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, a subdivision of the world wide charity that helps develop technology for third world countries.

Those who donate to the charity can win a visit to the set of the film, an advanced screening, or if you’re really lucky, a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

You couldn’t brag about that twenty years ago, but in the age of 2014, that’s most definitely worth an Instagram post.