The Star Wars News Roundup – 12.6.13


The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!

Episode VII Movie News Summary

Yahoo! Movies reported that the Millennium Falcon may already been built.

According to a source close to production, the iconic Millennium Falcon has already been built for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’… and it could be bigger than ever.

“A full-scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon has been built as well as the interiors of the ship for filming,” they explained. “The Falcon is done – inside and out. The sets were built off-site, ready to move when Lucasfilm/Bad Robot were ready to move into Pinewood.”

Emmanuelle Chriqui sparked more casting speculation when she posted the following after weeks of rumors that she may be cast in “Episode VII”:

Jedi News UK also posted the following from their source:

Every week I hear more amazing actors linked with the roles, and I feel that we will have an incredible cast when all is said and done. Just this past two weeks I have heard the names of Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Dziena, and Taissa Farmiga all linked with roles – all exceptionally talented actresses. Whether any of them are cast is still unknown, but if you consider the quality of the people they are looking at – you can see the quality of the effort.

Jedi News UK also posted the following:

JN: What can you tell us about the outline for Episode Seven?

SQL: Very little, but one small hint. Star Wars The Old Republic has added a planet that has long been mentioned but never seen on film…

This has led to speculation that it may be Corellia, Han Solo and Wedge Antilles’ home planet.

We Got This Covered spoke with Michael B. Jordan who seemed to at least confirm he was in the casting mix for “Episode VII”:

“With the Star Wars and all these other franchises, Fantastic Four and stuff like that, it’s good to be in the mix of those conversations. You know, it wasn’t like that before, so it’s kind of cool to be in those conversations right now,” said Jordan.


TheForce.Net – The Clone Wars Earns Two 2013 Annie Award Nominations

“Star Wars Rebels”: Meet Greg Weisman, Executive Producer

Around The Web

Instagram – Check out the official Star Wars Instagram page!

Chicago Tribune – George Lucas, Mellody Hobson donate $25 million to Maggie Daley after school group

Return of the Jedi: Theatrical Trailer 1982

Dennis Muren: Creating Thoughtful Effects

Neatorama – Mike Leavitt’s Star Wars Mashup Action Figures


TheForce.Net reports on the rumored delay of a Star Wars-themed area at the Disney theme parks:

The source’s last piece of information puts MiceChat’s report of a Star Wars production hiatus in a new light. My source was told that plans for new Star Wars attractions at Disneyland were frozen, but “for a different reason.”

That reason? “They didn’t want to build attractions/a land without including the new movies. So since the teams don’t have a final script they can’t add anything from the new movies.”

The link has more details.

Books & Comics

Video Games

Kotaku saw a job advertisement from EA which might give some insight on what they are developing:

An animation director job posting from last month reveals that EA Canada has a Star Wars team developing “a major new next gen open world action game.” That does not appear to be a typo: while tweeting a link to a combat designer posting for a mysterious open-world title in September, the studio’s then-recruiter said the unnamed game was indeed a Star Wars project.

Visit the link for more!

Star Wars: The Old Republic “Starfighter Customization” Trailer

IGN – Apparently delays on Battlefield 4 have also caused delays in Star Wars Battlefront at EA:

Developer DICE is “not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4,” an EA representative told IGN. “We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game.”

We inquired with EA about how this affects the future of other DICE games, such as Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge. “We haven’t announced a ship date for Battlefront but right now the team is focused on fixing Battlefield 4,” an EA spokesperson said.


Yahoo – Star Wars: Han Solo’s blaster appears at auction – Official Star Wars ties, cuff links, and more!