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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.

Millennium Falcon confirmed through tweet

- June 4th, 2014

J.J. Abrams has become a troll.

Today, the online world erupted into balls of excited flames as confirmations were made by Bad Robot, Abrams’ production company working on Episode VII, that the Millennium Falcon would be in the new film.

Bad Robot tweeted the snarky photo below of a supposed internal memo Abrams had left on one of the props asking employees not to leak photos of anything on set.

 

“I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” the memo says.

At first glance, it may come off as a stern, almost lecturing memo from Abrams, but according to Star Wars nerds everywhere, the memo was propped up on a hologame table, which can be seen in the original trilogy aboard the famous ship.

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It’s not the first time Abrams has had to address leaks with staff members, and quite frankly, it’s going to be almost impossible to prevent them moving forward considering the enormity of his staff.

In April, Badass Digest posted a leaked photo of a letter sent to all cast and crew members on set. In it, Abrams threatens that if a person is found to be leaking information to the press, he’d “personally destroy” their reputation and careers. Although the letter turned out to be fake, but through various reports, we know how serious Abrams is about keeping everything under wrap.

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For now, though, Abrams has stayed ahead of the game, becoming the leaker instead of the man sitting behind a computer looking at what’s been anonymously leaked.

Does this mean Abrams will have to destroy his own career and reputation?

One can only hope.

Day one of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ revealed on Twitter

- May 16th, 2014

After sharing a cast photo during a table read at Pinewood Studios late last month, filming has officially begun on the next Star Wars film. The news was confirmed via director J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Twitter account with a photo that was captioned #dayone. The official Star Wars Twitter account also tweeted a photo with the words, “Officially begun, production has.”

Abrams said on May 4 – Star Wars Day – that more casting announcements were coming, but we can expect plot details from Episode VII to be shrouded in secrecy until the film opens Dec. 18, 2015.

‘At least three’ Star Wars spinoff movies on the way

- May 7th, 2014

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced plans for Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, the company also said it was also plotting additional spinoffs, TV shows and books and comics. And we now have some clarity on the number of spinoffs in the works.

While speaking during a shareholders’ call Tuesday, CEO Bob Iger revealed that there will be “at least three” Star Wars spinoffs. The news was first reported by Variety’s Marc Graser [via Collider]

We’ve known for some time that Disney was eyeing a young Han Solo film (set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope) and a possible Boba Fett film. In January 2013, Vulture reported that Zack Snyder was planning to helm a non-trilogy Star Wars film based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (he quashed the rumour). A standalone Yoda film has also been talked about.

In a recent AMC Movie Talk, director Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) confirmed that Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan is writing the solo Fett movie. “One of them is Boba Fett,” Schnepp said discussing the Star Wars spinoff movies. “It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”

Last year, EW speculated that a solo Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Return of the Jedi.

So what do you think? If there are three spinoffs, which characters do you want to see in them?

Working title for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ revealed?

- May 6th, 2014

We all know that the casting news for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is almost finalized (the director teased more announcements could be coming in the near future in a video selfie over the weekend), so next up on the speculation front (aside from plot details) is a possible title.

Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that a working title has been set and it is – The Ancient Fear. According to AICN, the name refers to Max Von Sydow’s villain. It has been rumoured that Adam Driver will be playing the sequel’s “Vader-esque” villain, but if that’s the case, he could be an apprentice for the Von Sydow character.

Lucasfilm recently announced that the new films, television shows, books and comics will be part of a new interconnected storyline that will ignore the Expanded Universe that followed Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

Whatever it ends up being called, Star Wars: Episode VII hits theatres on Dec. 18, 2015.