WookieeLeaks: Chewbacca Speaks, 'Episode 7' Leaks, and 'Star Wars Rebels' Sneaks

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ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks 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, Peter Mayhew talks about 'Episode 7,' Disney plans more 'Star Wars' attractions, and 'Star Wars Rebels' unveils its first seven minutes.

A Simon Kinberg/Josh Trank Tidbit

This was the slowest 'Star Wars' news week in quite some time and you can bet your bottom credit that it's due to all of the big, crazy plot rumors that have emerged in the past month. Disney and J.J. Abrams are now officially on guard.

So let's begin this week of interesting non-news with this bit about writer Simon Kinberg, who has been heavily involved in all of the new 'Star Wars' films as a "consultant" in addition to working on the 'Star Wars Rebels' TV show. He also wrote the upcoming 'Fantastic Four' reboot, which was directed by Josh Trank, who will direct one of the upcoming 'Star Wars' spinoff movies. And, nope, that's not a coincidence. Here's his quote to SlashFilm:

I spoke very highly of Josh to the Lucasfilm guys. They were interested in him because he, like Rian [Johnson, director of 'Episode 8'] and like Gareth [Edwards, director of a 2016 spinoff], is very much that next generation filmmaker. He comes from a background of making a big movie without a big budget. Which I think is also, not that these movies…they’ll have huge budgets, but the sort of the tradition that George [Lucas] started was somebody that came from making 'American Graffiti' to making a huge science-fiction movie. And so there was some of that sort of vibe I know Lucasfilm likes about these new filmmakers. But yeah, I definitely was involved in that process.

In other words, Kinberg helped Trank get the gig. We'll thank him or blame him in a few years.

'Episode 7' Non-News

Breaking news! Disney CEO Bob Iger has seen footage from 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and he has very positive things to say! Extra! Extra!

But seriously, he did talk about the production and offer a vague update. Because non-news is better than no news, right? Here's his full statement:

I can only tell you that production is underway. We have a very brief hiatus, which is due in part to the fact that Harrison Ford broke his ankle. The footage we’ve seen is very, very exciting to us. I think there’s about 500 days left between now and December 18, 2015 when the movie comes out. That doesn’t seem like very long. There’s a lot of pent up demand. We’re just as excited as the fans are about it.

Meanwhile, Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, recently put in a public appearance at the San Antonio Comic-Con and dropped all kinds of morsels. Most of it is fluffy at best, but this is the non-news week, remember? Here are some highlights from Blastr:

  • He says that 'Episode 7' will be the best 'Star Wars' movie yet, because of course, that's what any actor involved would say.
  • He says that the production is emphasizing practical effects over CGI, which is great to hear even if it's hard to believe.
  • He says that, upon meeting Harrison Ford again for that table reading, his old co-star "throttled" him with a hug.
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