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Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode VII – check out the first official footage

- September 18th, 2014

I guess the thinking from J.J. Abrams and Co. is, ‘Leaks be damned.’

After a series of tweets that have shown full-size versions of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing being built for Star Wars: Episode VII, and Adam Driver in good guy gear, Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, tweeted out a YouTube video showing the exterior of Han Solo’s famous ship. The brief 37-second clip – titled Hunka Junk – starts off with John Williams’ famous Star Wars theme, before using snippets from Hans Zimmer’s music from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The spot ends with what looks like the Batmobile stuck on the bottom of the Falcon.

This is a none-too-subtle dig at Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, who has been tweeting photos blaming a Stormtrooper for swiping the Batmobile, and others showing Superman as a Jedi and Batman with R2BIN.

 

 

 

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Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now in the U.K. and opens Dec. 18, 2015.

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.

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.

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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