The Star Wars News Roundup – 3.14.14


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

The big report of the week came from Variety, which gave an update on the casting process:

Variety – ‘Star Wars Episode VII’: Actors Battle for Lead Role (EXCLUSIVE)

After meeting with several young actors this past year, sources tell Variety that “Downton Abbey” thesp Ed Speleers, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead role. Though some insiders warn the search is still ongoing, multiple sources confirm to Variety these actors have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks…

Exact details of the character are vague but the part is believed to be a Jedi apprentice. The original draft by Michael Arndt was said to focus on Han Solo and Princess Leia’s kids, however, Abrams and Kasdan’s recent rewrite reportedly puts their offspring in a supporting role.

Sources also indicate the reason for the delay has to do whether execs and creatives want someone of a different ethnicity from the previous Caucasian leads. Abrams has said on numerous occasions that he wants to have a diversified cast, which is why actors like David Oyewolo and Michael B. Jordan tested early on.

Devin Faraci added an interesting comment on why casting hasn’t been settled yet:

Cinelinx added another casting rumor to the stack:

According to my source, who I can’t name, Disney’s casting auditions for Star Wars haven’t just been limited to the upcoming film, Episode VII. Rather, they were told the people holding the auditions were casting for roles in as yet unannounced television projects including “specials and mini-series”.

MTV – ‘Chef’ Director Jon Favreau Would Have Directed ‘Star Wars’ If Anyone Had Actually Asked

/Film – Carrie Fisher Will Be In London For 6 Months Making ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

Yahoo Movies UK – Star Wars: Episode 7 release date and plot rumours – All we know so far


LA Times Hero Complex – ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’: Dave Filoni on Ahsoka’s fate, Master Yoda

Entertainment Weekly – ‘Clone Wars’ director Q&A: Final episodes answer big ‘Star Wars’ questions

Fans also wonder about an original Clone Wars character, Ahsoka Tano. Is there closure for her?

Filoni: I can’t say she’s not in the 13, but she’s not a main character. There is a moment. Obviously there were plans for Ahsoka that haven’t happened yet. I love the character. She was one of those things we were proud of. The fans really came to respect her. That story isn’t finished yet but I’m still here so you never know.

So is this firmly It? No chance of any additional content, such as a two-hour special or something, to wrap up some more story threads?

Filoni: I always think of Yoda in these moments — the future is always in motion. Projects you think are no-brainers stall, and other things see the light of day. You never count anything out. I know the stories that are untold. I think they’re great. I’d love to see them told in some medium, some how. I’ve become a protector of those stories. [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy understands the value of the stories we were going to tell. I’m sure we’ll find a way to find root for them in some manner in the future. I hope to be around for a long time. – Interview: Jaime King on Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Grand Finale

Blastr – Ron Moore reveals the argument he lost with George Lucas over the Star Wars TV series

Moore said:

“I did, for a bit of time, work on what was going to be a Star Wars live-action series. We’d go gather at Skywalker Ranch periodically, every couple of months, and break stories and write scripts for this proposed series that George was interested in. And George was in the ring with us every day. And it was a fascinating, amazing experience. There was George Lucas and we’d be arguing stories and there was a point where I found myself in an intense argument with George about what Darth Vader would or would not do, and part of my brain kind of went, ‘What the hell are you doing? Are you really going to argue with George Lucas about what Darth Vader would do?'”
He then added that…

“George gets to win all of his arguments.”

Around The Web

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Ben Burtt Interview: The Sound of Explosions in Star Wars

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY’s Star Wars Secrets as Natalie Portman’s Double – The Graham Norton Show BBC AMERICA

Yoda Kicks Off Star Wars Tournament with ESPN Interview

Star Wars Episode 7 & The Empire Strikes Back Interview – Julian Glover

Seth Rogen Auditions For ‘Star Wars’

The Huffington Post – Patrick Duffy Reveals The Hit Role That He Lost To Harrison Ford

“I actually went into a meeting, and I didn’t even know who he was, for Luke Skywalker on ‘Star Wars.’ And I walked into a room–it was a bare room at Goldwyn Studios, and I sat in this chair for the longest time and it was empty and somebody came in and went through a file cabinet and then left, and then the secretary came in and said, ‘thank you very much.’ I said, ‘okay,’ because I had never worked, I didn’t know how it was all done.”

He continued, “And when I left, apparently the person who came in and went through the file cabinet was either Lucas or one of his people, and they just didn’t think I was right for the part when they saw me sitting in the chair, and I didn’t get that either.”

“But those are the two that I obviously wasn’t up for, but I love knowing the fact that somehow I missed them.”

Studio System News – Spotlight: Alan Ladd, JR. on Championing ‘Star Wars’ & The Highs and Lows of a Legendary Career

SSN: It’s a well-known story that you were one of the only people to stand by Star Wars and by George Lucas. Did you find yourself in a position where you were fighting for the project at the risk of possibly losing your job?
Ladd: We did Star Wars and nobody was really second-guessing everything you did, and there wasn’t a corporate situation we were dealing with.

SSN: So it wasn’t a struggle?
Ladd: Star Wars wasn’t easy. It went over budget. That can happen when something is so new and different and unusual, like it was at that time. It was not our normal kind of movie; we were dealing with things you’d never heard of before.

SSN: Did you have any idea that it would become the marketing behemoth that it did, with toys and bed sheets and lunchboxes?
Ladd: Marketing had never been a thing that had an afterlife of toys and things like that, like what came out of Star Wars. George Lucas had the foresight to really deal with that kind of stuff because I wasn’t even thinking along those lines. He was, but I wasn’t.

SSN: What are your thoughts about the Star Wars reboot?
Ladd: I think it will be very successful because I think George is truly a genius; I really believe that. I have such admiration for him and what he created, and he’s such a brave man. I’m sure they’ve already figured out how to make things work.

Lunar Baboon – Palpatine

Bleeding Cool – Chatting With Admiral Ackbar – Tim Rose Talks Puppeteering on Return Of The Jedi

Neatorama – It’s a Sarlacc in Your Toilet!


Books & Comics

Michael Stackpole – Remembering Aaron Allston

Bleeding Cool – Marvel Comics Met With Lucasfilm Last Week

I hear gossip that that Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, and executives CB Cebulski and Jordan D White visited LucasFilm last week for discussions about Star Wars comics.

I’m told that we’re looking at a couple of monthly series but creative teams are not yet settled. I’m told that we’re looking at a couple of monthly series but creative teams are not yet settled.

Visit the link for more!

TheForce.Net – Star Wars Insider Running Two-Part Short Story Set During Return Of The Jedi


LEGO® Star Wars Microfighters Ep 3: Rebel Rally Time

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• Includes 7 minifigures: Luke Skywalker™, Uncle Owen, C-3PO™ and 4 Jawas™, plus R2-D2™, R2 unit, an R1-series Droid™, Gonk Droid™, R5-D4™ and a Treadwell Droid™

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• Measures over 9″ (24cm) high, 18″ (48cm) long and 6″ (16cm) wide

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