With filming on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' scheduled to begin in just about four months, casting on the new movie is well underway. And, after many rumors and much conjecture, we've got one more rumor to add to the pile. Director J.J. Abrams, who likes to return to work with some of the same actors, has brought a friend from the 'Star Trek' universe with him: Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to star in 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
With 'Star Wars: Episode 7' scheduled to begin filming in January, you would think that casting needs to get underway quickly so that the lengthy rehearsal/pre-production stage can begin. Well, expect 'Star Wars' casting to heat up over the next few weeks and we have our first real leads as to who is in consideration to star. Enter Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer.
Though no casting has been officially announced yet, many of the behind the scenes players on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' are starting to line up. It appears that J.J. Abrams' regular cinematographer Dan Mindel has joined the movie, and he's revealed that the latest episode of 'Star Wars' will be shot on film.
When 'Star Wars: Episode 7' was initially announced, a 2015 release date was attached, leading everyone everywhere to believe that J.J. Abrams' film would arrive in May of that year. And why wouldn't they? All six previous 'Star Wars' films have opened in that month and that month has certainly been kind to the franchise. However, new buzz suggests that while the latest entry in the saga will indeed hit theaters in 2015, it'll break tradition and do so a little later in the year.
If you were wondering how closely 'Star Wars: Episode 7' would be tied to the previous films in the franchise, the answer is it's looking very much like "at the hip." We've just learned that the evil Emperor Palpatine would be making a return in J.J. Abrams' long-awaited sequel, and now it looks like another supposedly dead character is set to show up. After all, it really wouldn't be a 'Star Wars' movie without some kind of appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi, right?
Though 'Star Wars: Episode 7' hasn't started casting yet, nor has Disney released much information about the upcoming sequel, that's not going to stop intrepid journalists from asking about it. Conan O'Brien interviewed Harrison Ford for his upcoming movie 'Paranoia,' and -- to get Ford to talk about it -- offered Ford a thousand dollars to tell him spoilers from 'Episode 7.'
News about 'Star Wars: Episode 7' began as a slow trickle and has been reduced to full-stop, but the latest rumor, if true, feels like the kind of thing that could open the floodgates. The new buzz surrounding the highly anticipated (and potentially troubled/rushed) production is that the villainous Emperor Palpatine is set make an appearance ... and not in the way you may think.
Given all the world-shattering 'Star Wars' upheaval over the last year -- between Disney's purchase of the franchise, plans for future films, and the dissolution of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' in favor of 'Star Wars Rebels' -- one item that seems to have been lost in the shuffle is that of the long-gestating live-action TV series. Recently, however, ABC president Paul Lee offered an update on the prospect that puts a glint in our eyes the series might someday get off the ground.