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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.

New ‘Star Wars’ to hold open auditions

- November 11th, 2013

So if you want to be in the new Star Wars, you’re never going to get a better chance than this.

Disney is holding an open call to cast two roles in the upcoming film – and you can submit your audition online. It is unknown whether the parts are lead or supporting roles.

Here are the official casting descriptions from the Cast It Talent website:

Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
RACHEL — Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by. Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
THOMAS — Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

The postings match an earlier call sheet that went out in Britain last week.

Filming on the new Star Wars, which is being rewritten by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, begins early next year for a scheduled Dec. 18, 2015, release.

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.”

It’s official: J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

- January 26th, 2013

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After reports surfaced yesterday that J.J. Abrams had agreed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII , Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed the news Friday night.

The official announcement was released online by Lucasfilm, Disney and Abrams.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said executive producer Kathleen Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas added, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honour,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

Abrams had previously denied any interest in directing the film when it was announced last fall. But his name was in the mix along with Jon Favreau, Matthew Vaughn, David Fincher and, more recently, Ben Affleck.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be written by Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt.

The film is due in 2015, with Abrams’ Star Trek sequel hitting theatres this May.

So does Abrams’ involvement in Star Wars mean the end of his run in the captain’s chair of the Trek franchise? And, more importantly, does Abrams have the credentials to relaunch Lucas’ revered series? Sound off in the comments below.

J.J. Abrams reportedly agrees to direct ‘Star Wars 7′

- January 24th, 2013

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams has agreed to direct Star Wars Episode VII.

Along with Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Ben Affleck and David Fincher, the Star Trek director was one of the names being bandied around after Disney announced plans for a new trilogy last fall. Abrams even confirmed in an interview last month that he had conversations with producer Kathleen Kennedy about directing the new films, but turned it down.

“[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.”

Well it appears the force was too much for Abrams to resist, which most likely puts his future involvement with the rebooted Star Trek series in jeopardy.

The deal hasn’t been officially announced, but the film is due in 2015, with Episode VIII and IX following in three-year increments. So, Abrams will have to get cracking soon.

Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is writing the script, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg penning the other two.

So, with that settled, what do you think of Abrams as Disney’s Star Wars choice? Good, bad, indifferent? Let us know in the comments.

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