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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.

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.

‘At least three’ Star Wars spinoff movies on the way

- May 7th, 2014

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced plans for Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, the company also said it was also plotting additional spinoffs, TV shows and books and comics. And we now have some clarity on the number of spinoffs in the works.

While speaking during a shareholders’ call Tuesday, CEO Bob Iger revealed that there will be “at least three” Star Wars spinoffs. The news was first reported by Variety’s Marc Graser [via Collider]

We’ve known for some time that Disney was eyeing a young Han Solo film (set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope) and a possible Boba Fett film. In January 2013, Vulture reported that Zack Snyder was planning to helm a non-trilogy Star Wars film based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (he quashed the rumour). A standalone Yoda film has also been talked about.

In a recent AMC Movie Talk, director Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) confirmed that Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan is writing the solo Fett movie. “One of them is Boba Fett,” Schnepp said discussing the Star Wars spinoff movies. “It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”

Last year, EW speculated that a solo Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Return of the Jedi.

So what do you think? If there are three spinoffs, which characters do you want to see in them?

Working title for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ revealed?

- May 6th, 2014

We all know that the casting news for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is almost finalized (the director teased more announcements could be coming in the near future in a video selfie over the weekend), so next up on the speculation front (aside from plot details) is a possible title.

Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that a working title has been set and it is – The Ancient Fear. According to AICN, the name refers to Max Von Sydow’s villain. It has been rumoured that Adam Driver will be playing the sequel’s “Vader-esque” villain, but if that’s the case, he could be an apprentice for the Von Sydow character.

Lucasfilm recently announced that the new films, television shows, books and comics will be part of a new interconnected storyline that will ignore the Expanded Universe that followed Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

Whatever it ends up being called, Star Wars: Episode VII hits theatres on Dec. 18, 2015.