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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ news: AT-AT’s may be back

- April 16th, 2014

Well that didn’t take very long.

Just weeks after it was announced that J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars crew would be heading to Abu Dhabi to film the Tatooine segments of Episode VII, leaked photos from the set have been published online.

According to Screen Crush, who reported the story late Wednesday night, the giant circular object seen in the photo below is more than likely one of the four wheels used in the construction of an AT-AT.

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AT-AT’s, the gigantic robot walker capable of leaving a highly destructive path in its wake, were first introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on the snowy planet of Hoth.

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The question circulating throughout the internet now, however, is whether Abrams and his production team plan to bring the walkers over to Tatooine in the upcoming addition to the series or if they’ll be using Abu Dhabi to recreate Hoth as well.

Screen Crush suggests that Abrams has brought the AT-AT’s to Tatooine, and in doing so, added an interesting angle on just what happened to the universe in between Episode III and the current film.

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Regardless of whether the giant circular stone is actually being used to reconstruct the AT-AT’s or Abu Dhabi is being used as the set for both Tatooine and Hoth, the fact that photos have begun to leak and circulate already means fans may not have to wait very long to get their first glimpse at the movie.

Just think, all of this is happening before the cast has even been finalized.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ starts shooting this May

- February 11th, 2014

So it’s not nothing, but it’s still not much. Sources have told HitFix that director J.J. Abrams will begin filming Star Wars: Episode VII in May. Shooting will continue until September with the finished product hitting screens Dec. 18, 2015.

According to the report, most principal casting on the film is complete, so I suppose we can count on hearing about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford’s reprisal of their iconic characters any day now.

Earlier this week, Gary Oldman revealed that he is one of the actors who has had discussions about the new film. “They’ve called,” Oldman told Sky Movies. “I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars… bloody hell!”

Zac Efron also confirmed he’s had talks telling MTV last week, “Yeah, I just went and met with them (Disney executives). So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love the Star Wars movies I love them, but who knows?”

In addition to Oldman and Efron, Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kick Ass’ Chloë Moretz and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan have been linked to the new film. As well, Abrams has confirmed talks with Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Girls star Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving are also rumoured to be involved.

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

I’m still not sure how I feel about that, but if there’s one person I trust to reset this franchise and make it palpable again, it’s J.J. Abrams.

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J.J. Abrams blacks out windows to keep ‘Star Wars’ secrets

- January 28th, 2014

It seems director J.J. Abrams will go to great lengths to keep the script for his upcoming Star Wars sequel a secret. And that includes blackening out the windows at his production office while he is deep into pre-production on the film.

A phone interview with the Daily Telegraph was interrupted when Abrams revealed the tidbit. “Are you kidding me? My god. My office… I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing… It seems rather extreme.”

Abrams is no stranger to secrets, having kept the villain in last summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness (mostly) under wraps until the film’s opening. But the thirst for information surrounding the new Star Wars has led to tremendous amounts of speculation on the Internet. The latest scuttlebutt has it that the original trilogy stars – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford – will be central characters in the Episode VII, with newer characters being given smaller parts that will be expanded in VIII and IX.

The director did admit “there’ll be some sort of compromise” between his desire to keep things a secret and the Star Wars community’s desire to know what’s going on.

Still, he added, “there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing” about the new film. “We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information,” he said. “I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”

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J.J. Abrams. Reuters File.

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything last week, Hamill said he too wants the new film to be a surprise. “I’m good at keeping secrets. Especially when the goal it to maximize the enjoyment of the audience. That’s why I’m worried about episode 7, they’re going after casting sheets!” he wrote. “Im [sic] trying to keep the surprises for the movie, not for the internet. I hate spoilers.”

When Hamill was directly asked about his involvement, he replied: “The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.”

So what do you think? Do you want to know everything about the new Star Wars film before it hits theatres next year? Or would you prefer to go in not knowing a thing? Sound off in the comments.

New ‘Star Wars’ to hold open auditions

- November 11th, 2013

So if you want to be in the new Star Wars, you’re never going to get a better chance than this.

Disney is holding an open call to cast two roles in the upcoming film – and you can submit your audition online. It is unknown whether the parts are lead or supporting roles.

Here are the official casting descriptions from the Cast It Talent website:

Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
RACHEL — Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by. Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
THOMAS — Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

The postings match an earlier call sheet that went out in Britain last week.

Filming on the new Star Wars, which is being rewritten by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, begins early next year for a scheduled Dec. 18, 2015, release.

‘Star Wars’ blooper reel ends up online

- October 30th, 2013

Okay, so this is a re-post, but in case you missed it, here is a clip of some recently unearthed bloopers from the original Star Wars film.

It’s just the usual Stormtroopers falling over, Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder malfunctioning, Obi-Wan Kenobi messing up his lines and Han Solo eating his microphone. The moments were recorded between May 7th and June 18th, 1976, during the filming of Episode IV: A New Hope.

It’s not the most hilarious thing you’ll ever see – I’m pretty sure the outtakes on The Hangover III might have this beat – but it’ll amuse even the most casual of Star Wars fan.

Warning: There is no sound for the first minute, so don’t go cranking the volume.