The Star Wars News Roundup – 2.28.14


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 and Spinoff News and Rumors

Variety had the big news of the week when they confirmed that Adam Driver is in final talks for a role in “Episode VII”:

Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader…

Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks, the Indiana native has become Disney and Lucasfilms’ top choice to play the main villain.

The delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with “Star Wars” and his HBO show “Girls.” Sources say it’s not just Season 4 that was the hangup, but also future seasons, since future “Star Wars” installments could also coincide with upcoming seasons of the HBO Lena Dunham comedy.

Sources are now telling Variety that scheduling issues have been resolved and that a deal should be finalized in the coming days.

Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter backed up the report.

This news was followed up by a tweet from “Girls” star Lena Dunham:

She then followed up with this:

Ali Arikan made an amusing observation: spoke with Jack Reynor’s agent who shot down the rumor that the actor was up for an “Episode VII” role:

However, the 22-year-old has not had any approaches about a role in upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, according to the actor’s agent.

“There is no truth in that — Jack is not taking on a role in the latest Star Wars film,” a spokesperson for the actor told the Herald.

“He has not been approached about a role and there has been no discussion.

“The rumours started online, but there is no foundation to them.”

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Andy Nelson, the sound mixer for “Episode VII”:

What is it like to work with J.J. Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness and the new Star Wars movie?

He can communicate fairly quickly with us, and we can move the soundtrack in the direction he wants. When I saw the first Star Wars in London, I was shocked by what a fantastic experience it was. Star Trek was a TV show I watched growing up. I could never have imagined that I would end up working on feature films with those stories.

Moviepilot spoke with Natalie Portman about “Episode VII”:

What are your thoughts on the new Star Wars movies?

I am so excited about them. I think J.J. Abrams is such a talent and I can’t wait to see what he does. I am only sorry that my character died, which means I can’t be in them. I saw him somewhere and I said, “How did this happen? I can’t believe I’m not going to be in the new movie.”

Market Saw 3D added a few new rumors to the pile. Here are some highlights:

“Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford (our exclusive story), Carrie Fisher (our exclusive story), Mark Hamill (our exclusive story), Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman. I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don’t know how that will work out with the script changes, but I’m told they are both involved.”

“Regarding Harrison Ford, two more Indiana Jones features are in the negotiation stages as per Ford’s contract clause on Star Wars, which is the primary reason he didn’t ‘publicly’ or ‘privately’ commit, or so I’m told.”

“Ultimately it’s about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their fathers footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers.”


Watch a special trailer for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars — The Lost Missions,” coming to Netflix on March 7, 2014.

Previewing the long-awaited final episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” this trailer offers a glimpse into the various story arcs of The Lost Missions. Yoda communes with Qui-Gon Jinn and is sent on a journey; Jedi Master Plo Koon discovers Sifo-Dyas’ lightsaber and a clue to the creation of the clone army; Count Dooku looks to protect the secret of Order 66; Anakin Skywalker rescues Padmé Amidala; and Mace Windu battles multiple foes.

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Around The Web

Ben Burtt Interview: The Challenge of The Empire Strikes Back

Nerd Approved – A Silly Picture Of Luke Skywalker Is Even Sillier With Photoshop

CBS Shows Star Wars for the First Time – Early 1984!!

University Herald – Star Wars Creator George Lucas Donates $25 Million to Chicago School for New Arts Hall


Diszine – Additional Week Added to the 2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Walt Disney World Resort has announced that an additional week has been added to the 2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The new dates for Star Wars Weekends are: May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-8, and June 13-15.


LEGO® Star Wars Microfighters Ep 1 : Bantha Shakes

LEGO® Star Wars Microfighters Ep 2: Tank Attack Antics


CNET – Got the ‘Star Wars’ collector gene? Advice on turning droids to dollars – A rare “Empire Strikes Back” action figure just sold for $11,683, but “Star Wars” collector Steve Sansweet says fans wanting to gamble on collecting might not find the gold mine they’re looking for.


Sean Patrick Fannon announced that Star Wars author Aaron Allston passed away Thursday due to a heart attack while at VisionCon in Springfield, Missouri. He was 53.

I had the great pleasure of knowing Aaron Allston personally. We first met as I reviewed his books through TheForce.Net. But it also turned out that he lived nearby in Austin, TX, so I got to see him on a regular basis at shows throughout the years.

Aaron brought much needed humor to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. While many of the Star Wars books were quite serious in tone, he brought the humor back that made the films so much fun. That humor and wit came directly from his real world life. As Aaron faced health problems with his eyes as well as other heart issues through the years, but he did so with a repertoire of jokes and puns. It was always a joy to chat with him and he will be greatly missed.

You can post tributes to Allston at the links below. You can also read my first interview with him from nearly 20 years ago at TheForce.Net.

Aaron Allston – Facebook