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
The BBC caught filming apparently taking place in the "Forest of Dean" or "Puzzlewood" in England. You can see video here and here. The Daily Mail also got some photos, one of which looks like an actor wearing parts of a trooper uniform.
At the end of last year Lucasfilm and Disney invited all young aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in J.J Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.
Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility. Pip recently demonstrated this remarkable skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.
"The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film," said producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Meanwhile, principal photography continues at Pinewood Studios in London after wrapping on location in Abu Dhabi in May.
In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury. Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon. Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.
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Mackenzie Davis is pleased her What If co-star Adam Driver has managed to bag a Star Wars role.
At 5ft. 10ins. the actress often towers above her more petite co-stars. She stars alongside Adam, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in anti-rom-com What If and appreciated having the Girls star, who stands at 6ft. 3ins., on set.
"He's very tall, and that was great because I'm also tall, so I didn't look like the only big person in the film," she laughed to Total Film. "He is very fun to improvise with."
Adam, 30, is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII. Mackenzie is really happy her co-star has managed to get such a good role.
"Star Wars is the hugest thing ever, it's amazing," she grinned. "And he's playing the villain, I heard, which is awesome - that's the best thing I can imagine. That sounds so cool."
The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels at San Diego Comic-Con!
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. STAR WARS REBELS, Lucasfilm's highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall – but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con.
Lucasfilm's special panel, The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels (Thursday, 7/24/14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Room: 6BCF), will feature executive producer Dave Filoni, as well as the first panel appearance by executive producer Simon Kinberg and stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray. They'll discuss making the show and will reveal exclusive content from the upcoming series for fans in attendance.
Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
Scheduled to premiere in the fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.