The Star Wars News Roundup – 9.25.14


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 News and Rumors

A first look at “Episode VII’s” Chrome Stormtrooper and new concept art surfaced today.

More pictures continued to leak from the Greenham Common outdoor set:

Some additional cover names for “Episode VII” may have surfaced:

Entertainment Weekly spoke with Oscar Isaac, who gave some “Episode VII” updates:

EW: Have you had much interactions with the original trio of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill on or off-screen?

ISAAC: Yeah, I have. Both. They’re such funny people. Carrie is hilarious and doing such cool work. Harrison is back. He went on hiatus for a little while, but he’s 150 percent back. It’s pretty amazing to see him bounce back. He looks incredible. Everyone’s having a really good time. J.J. sets that tone. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and it’s being done with a lot of heart. There’s nothing cynical about the way we’re doing this. Even in the way he’s shooting it—he’s shooting on film and actually building the sets, so you’ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships. You actually see it. It’s all real. Everyone can interact with the world.

EW: What do you think of this culture of leaked photos from set and this insatiable hunger for specific details about this new installment?

ISAAC: People want to know all those special things and when those iconic moments are going to happen, but if all that gets revealed beforehand I feel like it robs people of that moment when they’re sitting there watching it for the first time.

EW: The original Star Wars, of which you’ve said you’re a big fan, are filled with cheesy lines and dialogue which the actors have not shied away from criticizing over the years. How does this compare?

ISAAC: Yeah. [Laughs] I’m constantly looking for a cheesy line to say to harken back to the old ones. No, what they’re trying to do and what’s really great is J.J.’s been loosening it up a little bit and trying to make it alive and energized. It’s not formal. They’re messy, energized people. We’ve all intentionally tried to do that. Just make it a little more fiery and messy.

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Time Out London interviewed Carrie Fisher:

What’s it been like filming the new ‘Star Wars’?

‘I like being in them. Star Wars has been my whole life. It wasn’t like this deal with the devil; it’s a deal with Disney. It’s like summer camp for droids – it’s nice to be back with the droidkateers. And the new actors are great – we’re like the old guard who come back and have a reunion, and they’re the freshmen. We’d go “just you wait; wait til you get the fanbase that’s going to follow you around for the next forty years…”‘

What are your feelings towards Princess Leia?

‘I am Leia and Leia is me. We’ve overlapped each other because my life has been so cartoony or superhero-like. By this age, it would be ridiculous if I had a problem with it. Most people are really nice, even if you’re tattooed on their arm.’

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In an odd twist, former James Bond actor Roger Moore visited the Episode VII set. He spoke about the visit on the BBC and Episode VII News posted a transcript:

Roger Moore: …Anyway, the day before last, I know we stopped by the office, and I went up to see – on a very closed, secret set – my friend J. J. Abrams, who is directing Star Wars.

BBC: Ooh, wow!

Moore: …With Harrison Ford.

BBC: So, what were they filming that day? Can you tell me?

Moore: Well, yes! They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow.

BBC: Okay, hmm.

Moore: But I’m assigned to secrecy.

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The cast and crew continue to have fun on social media, especially John Boyega and Daisy Ridley:

This Is Money UK – American media giant Disney handed £8million tax break by HMRC to make next Star Wars film in Britain

American media giant Disney has been handed an £8 million tax break by HM Revenue & Customs to make the next Star Wars film in Britain.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes out next year and sees the return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who starred in the first films three decades ago.
Filming is under way at Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios and, according to the latest accounts, costs came to £58.4 million over the 13 months to May 10, 2013. One of the biggest single expenses was paying the 128 production staff, who received £6 million.

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Episode VIII and Spinoff News and Rumors


Star Wars Rebels: The Movie (Official)

Simon Kinberg talked to Empire about how “Star Wars Rebels” connects to the upcoming “Star Wars” films:

The show is set half a decade before A New Hope, meaning Kinberg “always felt it would lead into IV and potentially set up characters you might not meet until V, or VI, or even VII, but the notion was that this would stand alone from Episode VII. That doesn’t mean that we can’t introduce Easter eggs that will pay off in VII, VIII, IX.”

The Digital Bits – “The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” coming soon to Blu-ray?

This should be considered unofficial, but word from retail sources is that Disney (in about three weeks time) is going to announce Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions for Blu-ray and DVD release before the end of the year.

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