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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ rumour: Luke Skywalker’s future

- October 2nd, 2014

Star Wars rumours are like storm troopers: they’re endless, relentless, and more of an annoyance than anything else.

They also tend to be forgotten by the next news cycle.

That being said, this rumour is rather interesting. Out of respect for online dwellers, consider the following classic storm troopers gif your spoiler alert.

Making Star Wars, a news outlet dedicated to piecing together various clues Episode VII director J.J. Abrams tweets out and leaked photos of occurrences on set, reports Luke

Skywalker may be following in his father’s footsteps.

The once rebel fighter may have turned to the dark side, much like his father Anakin Skywalker decided to do in Episode III before becoming Darth Sidious’ padewan and transforming into Darth Vader.

According to Making Star Wars and film news site Jo Blo, the recent scoop comes from a leaked production photo that showcases a “cyborg-like villain in a familiar cloak,” leaving an old AT-AT walker, presumably on the ice planet Hoth.

Making Star Wars breaks down the scene even further, adding that Kira (Daisy Ridley) is venturing off to meet Luke, optimistically hoping she can convince him to help her fight some kind of unknown Sith lord. Her hopes are shattered, however, when she learns he has turned into this futuristic Sith-like cyborg.

It sounds a little preposterous, but as Jo Blo writer Alex Maidy points out, it wouldn’t be the first time Luke has grappled with good and evil in the Star Wars universe.

In the expanded universe, including novels and comic books, Luke has often dealt with balancing the good and evil territories that accompany being a Jedi, or in his father’s case, a Jedi turned Sith lord.

Will this be the end of boy scout Luke and the beginning of a more interesting character?

No one will know for certain until the movie is released December 18, 2015.

Although, as long as there’s no solitary tear slowly running down Luke’s face like it did Anakin’s in Revenge of the Sith, it might just turn out A-OK.

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: Episode VII adds Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie

- June 2nd, 2014

The cast for Star Wars: Episode VII just got a little bit bigger. The upcoming sequel has just added Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie to its roster.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in an announcement on StarWars.com. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Christie, who is currently starring in Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been added to the production.

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Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie. WENN.com files

 

The two newest members join an already announced group that includes newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will be appearing alongside original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

In related news, TMZ has posted the first new photos from the set, including one giant monster.

 

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

‘Godzilla’ filmmaker to direct ‘Star Wars’ spinoff

- May 23rd, 2014

Turns out directing a fire-breathing monster was good practice for what’s coming next for Gareth Edwards. The man who injected new life into the moribund monster franchise currently stomping out the competition at the box office (at least until X-Men opens this weekend) has been tapped to direct the first stand-alone Star Wars spinoff.

The news, which was announced on StarWars.com Thursday, did not specify the subject matter of the new film but it has been speculated that new spinoffs would focus on the bounty hunter Boba Fett, Yoda or a young Han Solo.

The film will be written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth).

“Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” Edwards said in a statement.

Whitta, who has also written a video game adaptation of The Walking Dead, added: “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”

Prior to directing Godzilla, Edwards’ only directing credit was the indie sci-fi horror Monsters. In a 2010 interview with my colleague Jim Slotek to promote that film Edwards said: “If you’d have asked me when I was 12, I’d have thought I’d have made a film by 22, straight out of university. But that was really naive.”

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Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is seen in Toronto, May 15, 2014. (Dave Thomas, QMI Agency)

Last week, when he was in Toronto to promote Godzilla, another colleague Bruce Kirkland asked Edwards about delaying the big reveal. “I’d be more nervous about throwing it in early,” the British filmmaker said. “Because then you’ve spent one of your best cards in your hand. You’re trying to win the game and you’ve got to play it at just the right time.”

Sounds like the Force is strong with this one.

Edwards’ stand-alone Star Wars film will hit theatres Dec. 16, 2016.