In addition to the other box office records it’s already broken, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the verge of topping Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time, worldwide. But the franchise isn’t the only thing breaking box office records — so is one of its stars. Thanks to the huge success of The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford is now the highest-grossing actor in box office history…in America, anyway.
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Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is leaving the Star Wars universe after the solo Han Solo prequel / spinoff, and while that film won’t hit theaters until 2018 — and we don’t even know who is playing Han — Kasdan has been offering a little insight into what the film may be like. During a chat with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, Kasdan delivered another bit of information about the upcoming film, which is being helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
With the year winding up, it feels like 2015 made hot-button topics out of damn near everything, but the issue of actorly wages was among the warmest-button debates in recent months. Jennifer Lawrence was not at all pleased to learn that her male...
When you’re out promoting a movie, you’re often asked to do a lot of things, most of them pretty silly. With the amount of press the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was being asked to do, there were asked to do a lot of silly things, none perhaps as silly as going on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and singing a medley of Star Wars music a cappella. But the entire cast — including Harrison Ford! — actually commits, and it actually turns out to pretty fun.
The original Star Wars was driven by nostalgia for pulp magazines, Saturday-morning serials, and a simpler era with clear-cut heroes and villains. The new Star Wars is driven by nostalgia for the original Star Wars, and a simpler era when that title evoked words like “adventure” and “excitement,” and not words like “the taxation of trade routes,” and “Jar Jar Binks.” The characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are all searching for something of great importance to the galaxy far, far away. I won’t reveal what this MacGuffin is, but I will tell you what it represents: that old Star Wars magic. Can director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the saga’s new creators find it?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will kick off a new era of the franchise in just a few days (we’re so close!), but there’s already talk of Lucasfilm’s future plans, which include two more sequels and at least three spinoffs under the Star Wars Story banner. One of those films is Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s untitled Young Han Solo project, which has already met with thousands of actors to fill Harrison Ford’s iconic shoes — but according to Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, their approach isn’t that simple.
Steven Spielberg has expressed an interest in making another Indiana Jones movie. Harrison Ford is totally down to reprise his classic character. Okay, so, what’s the hold up? It’s this little thing called Star Wars — maybe you’ve heard of it? Lucasfilm and Disney are committed to not rebooting Indiana Jones or recasting Ford’s role, but they’re also a bit busy with a much more massive franchise that’s kind of eating up everyone’s attention at the moment. One thing at a time.
10 days. You will be seeing a new Star Wars movie in 10 days. But until then, Disney and Lucasfilm continue to unload TV spots and featurettes, each offering slivers of new footage and giving us a closer look at the franchise’s newcomers. Today brings two more promos: one that puts the spotlight on Daisy Ridley’s scavenger hero Rey, and the other (above) titled “Secret” — though it hardly contains any secretive information.
It’s not more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this new behind-the-scenes featurette is filled with awe-inspiring video clips from the set of the upcoming film, featuring a lot of awe-inspired actors. John Boyega is particularly blown away by his first look at the Millennium Falcon, and equally star-struck by Harrison Ford. It’s enough to keep your heart warm on this cold December morning.
If you aren’t following the official Star Wars account on Twitter, you’re missing out on a great Q&A with insightful and hilarious answers from director J.J. Abrams and the cast of The Force Awakens. There’s even been a bit of mischief from Mark Hamill, who’s been noticeably absent from the film’s marketing. And while there have been some very interesting answers to the numerous questions from fans, there was one answer in particular that stood out — perhaps a little too much.