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Unknown Maisie Richardson-Sellers rumoured for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- April 10th, 2014

With news that much of the new Star Wars cast has been set, we’ve been left to speculate on several key roles that have yet to be announced. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, unknown actor Maisie Richardson-Sellers may have landed one of the coveted leading parts.

As THR writes, “One of the roles yet to be filled is that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi.” The character crosses paths with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and their children 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi. Original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are likely to reprise their roles, as is Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca (although as one reader in this blog astutely pointed out, the Wookiee died 18 years after Episode VI – in the books that is).

Director J.J. Abrams isn’t averse to casting unknowns as we’ve seen in his Star Trek reboot (Chris Pine was unheard of when he took over the iconic role of Captain Kirk) and Super 8.

On Wednesday, THR reported that Abrams and Disney are recreating Tatooine for Episode VII. And last week, Disney chairman Alan Horn announced that filming is already underway.

Other actors rumoured for lead parts include John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Eragon), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Girls’ Adam Driver is expected to play the villain.

What do you think of Abrams using unknowns for the new movie? Is it a good idea, or should he look for more bankable stars? Sound off in the comments.

Star Wars: Episode VII hits theatres Dec. 18, 2015.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Peter Mayhew confirmed to return as Chewbacca

- April 7th, 2014

Wookiee fans, get ready to do a happy dance.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources have confirmed that Peter Mayhew is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Disney’s upcoming sequel.

Last week, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed that the film has already started shooting and that a trio of new leads for Episode VII will be announced soon. In an announcement on starwars.com last month, it was confirmed that the new film takes place about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

Mayhew played the legendary Wookiee and Han Solo’s sidekick in the original Star Wars trilogy as well as 2005′s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Mayhew, who is prolific on Twitter, didn’t confirm the news, but did post a photo of himself with his Wookiee costume. He also cancelled an upcoming appearance at May’s Comicpalooza in Texas “due to filming,” THR reports.

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Original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are said to be reprising their roles. Girls’ Adam Driver has also been rumoured to play the villain in the new film.

In addition to Chewbacca, R2-D2 is slated to return for the new Star Wars.

Star Wars: Episode VII, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, hits theatres Dec. 18, 2015.

What do you think of this latest news? Are you happy Chewie is back? Sound off in the comments.

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.

Tom Cruise caught in the day that never ends in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

- March 25th, 2014

Think of it like Groundhog Day, but with an insane amount of action and plenty of killing. That’s what Tom Cruise’s sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow is sizing up to be when it hits screens this June.

The Doug Liman-directed epic stars Cruise and Emily Blunt as soldiers who are stuck in a futuristic time loop, repeating the same alien battle over and over. “I die within five minutes of landing on that beach along with every other soldier,” Cruise’s Lt. Col. Bill Cage says in a voice over. With each ‘death,’ Cage hopes to improve his odds of winning the fight and saving his life.

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Adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill – a title I much prefer by the way – the visuals and action from the new film look absolutely stellar. And I like the premise – even if it does harken back to that Bill Murray comedy.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Edge of Tomorrow hits theatres on June 6.

‘Prometheus 2′ to feature multiple Michael Fassbenders?

- March 25th, 2014

When Fox announced release dates for Wolverine 2 and Fantastic Four last week, buried in the release was news about an ‘Untitled Ridley Scott project’ in March 2016.

The Wrap is now reporting that the project is none other than Prometheus 2. According to sources, production on the sequel is expected to start this fall after Scott completes his biblical epic Exodus with Christian Bale.

Michael Green (Green Lantern) has been brought on board to polish the script from Jack Paglen (Transcendence). Green recently worked with Scott on the undated Blade Runner sequel.

If you’ve seen Prometheus, you know that while it was connected to Alien, it wasn’t a direct prequel. The original script by Jon Spaihts was rumoured to be more Alien-y before Damon Lindelof (Lost) rewrote the screenplay. He then declined to pen the sequel. The original followed an archaeologist leading a team into deep space to find the Engineers, an alien race created humanity – and then sought to kill us.

The new film is said to be more “in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise.” It is also rumoured to feature multiple ‘David’ androids. Michael Fassbender, who is expected to return, played the android in the first film. Noomi Rapace who played Dr. Elizabeth Shaw is also on deck to reprise her role.

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Scott teased Prometheus 2 while doing promotional rounds for the first film telling Movies.com, “I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel. I really don’t want to meet God in the first one. I want to leave it open to [Elizabeth Shaw] saying, “I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I want to go where they came from.”

Are you happy that we’re getting concrete news of a sequel, or should Scott step carefully away from the Alien franchise once and for all? Sound off in the comments.