It's been some months since the world-altering shocker that was Disney's purchase of the 'Star Wars' franchise, which preceded the announcement that Cartoon Network's excellent 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' would shut down in favor of new Disney XD series 'Star Wars Rebels.' Today, coming out of Europe's Star Wars Celebration, we've got our first look at the artwork, logo, and new details of the series from executive producer Dave Filoni!
Though 'Star Wars: Episode 7' may have sat out Comic-Con, now that it's a Disney product, it's possible we'll get the first big casting announcement this year at Disney's D23, which is coming in August. But news has broken that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling are being talked about for the film, and that Gosling is up for the role of Luke Skywalker's son.
Just the other day, for a hot minute, we were hearing rumors that J.J. Abrams was thinking of dropping out of 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' This was quickly debunked by Lucasfilm, which seemed to disappoint those who were hoping the rumor was true. Were you one of the ones hoping Abrams was actually leaving 'Star Wars'?
As expected, things have been awfully quiet on the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' front, with rumors and vague suggestions trickling out while few pieces of legit information remains behind lock and key (with Disney's army of lawyers standing guard). However, could this be because the movie is in peril?
Talk has been turning more and more to the possibility of director J.J. Abrams dropping out of the project entirely. (Say it ain't so!)
George Lucas previously has said that Disney wants to announce the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to 'Star Wars: Episode 7' with "some big whoop-dee-doo." With no 'Star Wars' panel on the schedule at Comic-Con 2013, that leaves Disney's D23 Expo as the likely landing spot for the major 'Star Wars: Episode 7' announcement. And now, Disney has announced their 'Star Wars' plans for D23 and there is a LOT going on.
For decades, 'Star Wars' fans were secure in the knowledge that lightsabers came in only three colors: red for evil, green for good and blue for Obi-Wan Kenobi. But then, when the new trilogy of prequels was released between 1999 and 2005, Samuel L. Jackson joined the franchise as Jedi warrior Mace Windu and broke the rules by sporting a purple weapon. So how did it happen?
Even with the recent casting calls and a 2015 release date, 'Star Wars' fans have almost no idea what direction the franchise will take when J.J. Abrams assumes control to deliver 'Episodes 7.' Vaguer still, we've only precious few ideas where the animated arm of the franchise will go with the 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' replacement, 'Star Wars Rebels,' but what does the latest information about the cast say?
Anyone who was on the internet in the years leading up to the first 'Star Wars' prequel is probably getting a strong sense of deja vu right now. There is no bigger movie event on the horizon than 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and so every morsel of detail, every tiny leak and every seemingly insignificant rumor is a cause for alarm/celebration/heated discussion. Today, fans have something new to chew on yet: a casting breakdown that describes some of the film's new characters. And this is the real deal.
When George Lucas handed the reins of 'Star Wars' over to Disney, it was understood that the man behind the most popular science fiction universe of all time would only be involved in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' in a limited capacity. However, we didn't realize just how limited it was! Lucas recently spoke out about his involvement in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and revealed that he hasn't spoken to director J.J. Abrams. Like, at all.