Last month, George Lucas was asked if he had seen the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer, and what his reaction was. He said he hadn’t watched the ‘Force Awakens’ trailer, had no plans to and was “not really” interested in the movie. We made him sad, we wrote at the time. But, maybe it wasn’t us that made him sad. While out promoting his new animated movie ‘Strange Magic’, Lucas reveals that he himself wanted to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’.
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Although all of the public focus is currently on the looming release of ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ Disney, Lucasfilm and director Gareth Edwards are currently trying to whip the first standalone film in the saga into shape. A few days ago, original screenwriter Gary Whitta amicably departed the project after completing his initial draft, leading the entire internet to wonder what’s next for this mysterious project, which is still due out in 2016. Now, it looks like the next screenwriter writer has already been found. Enter Simon Kinberg.
Star Wars and Marvel Comics have a long history. A Marvel adaptation of the original sci-fi-fantasy film appeared in April 1977, a month before A New Hope dominated multiplexes in May of the same year...
As if James Earl Jones’ return as Darth Vader and Frank Oz’s Yoda weren’t enough to remind you ‘Star Wars Rebels’ takes place in an era closer to the original trilogy, Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian will seal the deal. The galaxy’s smoothest smuggler will make his debut on an upcoming episode of the Disney XD animated series, but does it mean a trip to Cloud City is in order?
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Liam Neeson contemplates a Qui-Gon Jinn spin-off, ‘The Force Awakens’ recruits three amazing martial artists, and a bunch of cool ‘Star Wars’ toys appear on the horizon.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ isn’t the only new ‘Star Wars’ project with an official release date: there’s also the spin-off, which is being helmed by ‘Godzilla’ director Gareth Edwards. And just like ‘The Force Awakens,’ the untitled spin-off has just lost its first writer as Gary Whitta has departed the project for reasons unknown. The standalone project, which has been rumored as a heist film featuring Boba Fett, is set to hit theaters in 2016, but will have to find a new writer quickly if it wants to keep that release date.
With all of his projects, J.J. Abrams has shown extraordinary good taste in casting and ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ is no different. Forget about the old-timers returning to the saga and think about John Boyega, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie and the other terrific thespians being given the biggest spotlight of their careers. Abrams, more than most working filmmakers, knows how to showcase an actor or actress in a way that makes us wonder why they weren’t movie stars before he cast them. Anyway, this is just a longwinded way of getting around to saying that Abrams’ impeccable taste is once again on display since a trio of actors from ‘The Raid’ and ‘The Raid 2’ are apparently in ‘The Force Awakens.’
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From 'Episode 7,' to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, look ahead in to the next year of ‘Star Wars,’ ponder Aaron Paul joining the universe, and preview Frank Oz’s role on ‘Star Wars Rebels.’
Disney’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ has quietly been easing us back into the original trilogy in preparation for next year’s ‘The Force Awakens,’ returning James Earl Jones and Frank Oz to their iconic roles as Darth Vader and Yoda. Now, our first clip from 2015's ‘Rebels’ return has arrived, along with Oz’s reprise of Master Yoda’s wise wit.
If you aren’t aware of “sweding,” it’s where fans remake trailers and films with a really low budget, making their own props and costumes and creatively recreating set pieces. The concept was the focal point of Michel Gondry’s 2008 film ‘Be Kind Rewind.’ We’ve seen many fan-made versions of the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ including a trailer recreated with LEGOs and a version that imagines what George Lucas’ “special edition” of the film might look like. But this sweded version of the trailer is the most creative and funny version so far.