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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ set 30 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’

- March 18th, 2014

Disney has officially announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in May at London’s Pinewood Studios.

In an official statement on StarWars.com, the company also confirmed that the storyline will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi and will “star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”

The only confirmed cast member is R2-D2, but Girls star Adam Driver is rumoured to be playing the villain. Others that have been linked to lead roles include Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gary Oldman, Zac Efron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Saoirse Ronan, Chloë Moretz, Michael B. Jordan and Hugo Weaving.

According to a report by THR earlier this year, Abrams’ upcoming sequel has been reworked to focus on the trilogy’s original stars – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with newer characters taking a back seat until Episode VIII and IX.

This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every instalment of the Star Wars saga:

March 22, 1976 — The first day of principal photography in Tozeur, Tunisia, for Star Wars. A crew of 130 ventures into the desert in 42 trucks and cars, including eight army trucks full of equipment. The first shot was completed at 9:35 a.m.

March 5, 1979 — The first day of principal photography in Finse, Norway, for The Empire Strikes Back. The crew endures the subzero temperatures, frostbite, heavy winds, and avalanches to pull off the first shot within 65 minutes of setup.

January 11, 1982 — The first day of principal photography at EMI Elstree Studios outside of London for Return of the Jedi. Although inside a studio, the set must weather a sandstorm in a scene that would ultimately be cut from the film.

June 26, 1997 — The first day of principal photography at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England, for The Phantom Menace. Ending a long absence from the director’s chair, George Lucas shoots a sequence in a bluescreen-lined set with actors Ian McDiarmid and Ray Park.

June 26, 2000 — The first day of principal photography for Attack of the Clones at Fox Studios Australia. In their new home Down Under, the production crew once again photographs actor Ian McDiarmid three years to the day after Episode I started shooting.

June 30, 2003 — The first day of principal photography for Revenge of the Sith at Fox Studios Australia. The first scenes shot feature Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, respectively, along with R2-D2.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released December 18, 2015.

Star Wars rumour: Palpatine will be back in ‘Episode VII’

- August 14th, 2013

A few days back, Star Wars fan site Jedi News reported that Ian McDiarmid will return as Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Now we’re getting confirmation via Latino Review that McDiarmid will return as the evil Emperor in the new film, which is due out in the summer of 2015.

McDiarmid played Emperor Palpatine in the original series and the nefarious Palpatine/Darth Sidious – master of Darth Maul and Count Dooku – in the prequel trilogy.

At the end of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader kills the evil Emperor after Palpatine attacks his son Luke Sykwalker.

In the expanded Star Wars universe, Palpatine was resurrected in the comic books, but according to Latino Review will come back as a “ghost” in the new film, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi did in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

They are also saying that he had another apprentice before he died, which seems to contradict the events at the end of Return of the Jedi in which he tried to convert Luke, and that the Michael Arndt-written script will not be based on any of the expanded-universe books.

Fans were expecting big Star Wars news at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, but all the company would say is that Episode VII will be released in the summer of 2015. “I really wish I could tell you more. It will come soon,” studio boss Alan Horn told the booing audience.

So, is this a B.S. rumour or do you think Palpatine will be back? Sound off in the comments.

Harrison Ford ‘open’ to doing ‘Star Wars 7′

- November 6th, 2012

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It’s been almost 30 years since Harrison Ford appeared as Han Solo in Return of the Jedi, but after Disney announced it is producing a new series of Star Wars films it looks like the actor wants to make a return to his most iconic role.

Entertainment Weekly quotes a “highly placed source” who says that “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.” As you’ll remember, Ford’s part as Han Solo in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi propelled him on to Blade Runner, the Indiana Jones series and The Fugitive, among others.

The plot line of the upcoming Star Wars sequel is a secret, but when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a $4.05 billion deal last month the deal included “a pretty extensive treatment of the next three movies.”

Creator George Lucas, who had always envisioned the films as a nine-part series, said that his goal was to “pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” On Monday, Collider reported that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Wanted, and X-Men: First Class) was in talks to direct Episode VII.

The news about the planned films didn’t surprise Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. The actor told Entertainment Weekly last month that Lucas had revealed his plans for the new films to both him and actress Carrie Fisher (who played Princess Leia).

“George did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII and IX,” Hamill told the magazine.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford will be waiting until there is a finished script and director in place before agreeing to reprise the character.

Still also up in the air for the actor is a possible 5th Indy film and the Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel. But given the choice between Doctor Jones, Deckard and Han Solo, I think we know who audiences will choose.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.