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
This week we have a minor bit of news from a reliable ComingSoon.net source. They tell us that casting for "Episode VII" has been taking place at The Culver Studios
. This is the same lot where they have been filming "Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." The casting has been going on in a very plain, unassuming building on the lot unbeknownst to many people.
On the casting front, Sky News
got confirmation from actress Saoirse Ronan that she did, in fact, audition for a role in "Episode VII":
The 19-year-old Irish actress, whose new film How I Live Now opens this week, has confirmed rumours that she has auditioned for a role - before modestly adding "so has everyone"... When questioned on the subject of the film by Sky News - the Atonement star said bosses would "chop off her head with a light-sabre" if she revealed any more.
Fresh off having their rumor confirmed, Latino Review
has a new casting rumor:
The guy that went in for a read is...SULLIVAN STAPLETON
Stapleton is best known for his role in the television series Strike Back and has the lead role in the film 300: Rise of an Empire, as the Greek leader Themistocles.
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- Star Wars fan Jonny Mathers puts in bid to become Chewbacca.
Harrison Ford spoke briefly about "Episode VII":
reports that Ben Kingsley has also auditioned for a role, but this remains rumor at this point….like everything else.
The Hollywood Reporter
says that Pinewood Studios in the UK is looking to expand to accommodate a galaxy far, far away:
U.K. studio facilities operator Pinewood Shepperton on Monday reiterated its need for more capacity even after completing a new stage before the weekend.
The stage operator near London, which is the home of the James Bond franchise and earlier this year attracted Star Wars: Episode VII as its latest big Hollywood production, has in recent years pushed for more studio space. But earlier this year, a British district council rejected Pinewood's application for a planned $300 million-plus expansion, the second time the company's growth attempts were held back.
After an appeal to the national government, which highlighted the company's ability to create jobs, a public inquiry was set. It will kick off Nov. 19
Meanwhile, Jedi News UK
has a rumor that stages are going to be cleared in November for the "Episode VII" sets:
I understand that the current intention is to clear stage late November for Episode 7. A large proportion of the Cinderella shoot is on location, so expect a 12 -14 week stage shoot.
The rest of 2013 will be used for the UK based crew to clear the stages and prepare for what is needed for set build and back structure. Lucasfilm recruiting crew now in key roles, and are fleshing out the crew in October. They don't want to pull them to the UK during the holiday season, so the schedule is currently due to start the 2nd week of January with a view to being on the stages for 24th February and the start of principal photography.
The Jedi News UK
Also behind the Bond stage is the Cinderella village. There is some second unit action for the Ridley Scott Moses flick Exodus going on in the Attenborough Stage and also on the wet tank behind the new Star Wars stage. They have also built an Egyptian set outside which some sources believe is for Star Wars.
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J.J. Abrams was interviewed on PBS' The Travis Smiley Show
where he discussed "Episode VII." He addressed concerns that Disney would try to warp Star Wars into their own image. Comic Book Therapy
has a transcript:
The beauty there is Disney doesn't want that. They are well aware of this and they are very careful to make sure that…they are sensitive to that. They don't want that at all, that's the last thing they want. But that company, which is Marvel, they have…it's incredible the scale of that company. They are as aware of that as anyone. Back to your other question though, I think there may be a lot of Trekkies that would be thrilled if I abandoned them.
You can also watch the video below:
Finally, celebrity fan Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) makes his case for wanting to be in "Episode VII":
We've received word from Lucasfilm that a short teaser for the highly-anticipated animated series "Star Wars Rebels" will air this coming Monday during the premiere of "Mighty Med" on Disney XD. Tune in on Monday at 8:30 ET/PT to catch the teaser, but if you can't, don't worry, it'll be online shortly after.
The series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
"Star Wars Rebels" will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." It is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Making Star Wars
reported on some rumors presented in the Bleeding Cool Podcast
Bleeding Cool's Podcast (about 16 minutes in) with Brendon and Jason broke some Star Wars Rebels news. The duo claim Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are eight years old during the series and they're not in it. That means Star Wars Rebels takes place eight years after Revenge of the Sith or twelve years before A New Hope. If accurate that's the real gem of the podcast's news.
They go on to claim the first film is about a the Galactic Empire taking over a planet. A bunch of people are lined up, even some of the parents fall into line but a group of teenagers refuse. The teenagers go on the run in a ship called the "Ghost," which we saw at CEII. So the teenagers are the rebels and the adults are the Galactic Empire.
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