Rumor: STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 Release Date Could Be Delayed Due to Harrison Ford’s Injury

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A new “anklegate” rumor has surfaced from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  Just over a week ago, Harrison Ford suffered an injury during the production of director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  The severity of the accident was unknown at the time, but it was reported that Ford had possibly broken his ankle.  Last week, we not only learned that it was actually Ford’s leg that was broken in the incident, but also that the injury will keep Ford off the set for eight weeks of filming.  That’s a substantial amount of time for any production, but with Star Wars—a film in which Ford is said to have a significant leading role—that’s quite a hindrance.

Disney’s initial statement read that shooting would continue as Ford recovers, but a new report has surfaced that claims that production may now be facing a significant delay, putting the December 18, 2015 release date of Episode VII in question.  More after the jump.

Harrison Ford Broke Leg, Not Ankle on the Set of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Last week, we heard Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  On Monday, we learned Ford will miss eight weeks of filming.  According to publicist Ina Treciokas, Ford actually broke his leg while shooting.  It is an unfortunate development, but it sounds like Ford’s recovery is progressing as well as can be.  Treciokas said in a statement [via BBC]:

“His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly.  He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”

I hope this is our last update on Ford’s injury before we report his triumphant return to set in August.  Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley also star in the highly anticipated sequel directed by J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Harrison Ford’s Ankle Injury to Sideline Him from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII for 8 Weeks

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Last week, we learned that Harrison Ford had injured his ankle on a door of the Millennium Falcon during production on Star Wars: Episode VII, and appropriately, we made jokes about the screen legend who chose to reprise one of his most beloved roles.  To be fair, it wasn’t a life-threatening injury, but nonetheless, you can kind of see where he’s coming from when it comes to his moderate disdain for Star Wars fans.  Disney released a statement saying that Ford was recuperating in a hospital and that shooting would continue.

Now we know the extent of Ford’s injury and how it will specifically affect the production.  Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Harrison Ford Broke His Ankle on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set; Disney Says Shooting Will Continue While Ford Recovers in Local Hospital

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As you may have heard, shooting for Star Wars: Episode VII is underway in the UK.  An unfortunate event occurred on set today.  Harrison Ford reportedly broke his ankle and was transferred to a local hospital.  A source told THR that the injury was caused by the door of the Millennium Falcon.  We do not know much about the plot (there are enough rumors), but Ford is said to have a “gigantic role” in the sequel.  Disney released a statement to say shooting will continue as Ford recuperates in the hospital.

Hit the jump for the full statement from Disney.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII: New Set Photo Released; Gareth Edwards’ STAR WARS Spin-Off to Shoot in the United Kingdom

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Presumably, Star Wars: Episode VII set photos will be few and far between.  They’ll either be leaked, or J.J. Abrams will leave a note akin to something you would leave if someone was stealing your lunch from the refrigerator every day.  However, when you’re the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, you have a bit more leeway to take a photo from the set and tweet it out to your followers.  Forget any other governmental powers he may have (and I truly don’t know because I can live my life in total ignorance of British government).  Being able to get an authorized photo off the set of Star Wars: Episode VII is true power.  Kudos, United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne for snapping a photo with producer Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and R2-D2.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII image and to learn more about the production of Gareth Edward‘s Star Wars spin-off, and if you missed our earlier rumor roundup, click here.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors: There Will Be a Female Villain; John Boyega’s Character Isn’t a Jedi or a Padawan

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It’s been too long since we’ve had some Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.  The wait until the trailers give everything away can be interminable,  so thankfully some fresh rumors have landed online about what we might expect from the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel.  First up, Latino Review is reporting that the movie will have a female villain, and there’s a 50-50 chance that she’s a Sith.  The new female cast members are Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley.  Any one of them could be Sith, and as long as the character is well-written, it would be cool to see a badass female villain become part of the main Star Wars films.

Hit the jump for more rumors, and click here to see the latest official image from the set.  The film also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – Mark Hamill Talks Spoilers, Cast Reunions, STAR WARS Fandom, and Saying “Yes” to the New Film

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With production underway on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, Mark Hamill has been cast not just into the film, but back into the spotlight as well.  In a recent interview, he talks about his time in the original trilogy, his reaction to the prequel trilogy, and his involvement in the new trio of films currently underway.  While there’s not much in the way of plot or even his character arc revealed in this interview, he does talk a bit about George Lucas’ vision for the Star Wars characters and his reaction to Disney purchasing Lucasfilm.  Hamill also comments on fans’ expectations and the current culture of movie spoilers.  Hit the jump for more.

J.J. Abrams Cheekily Responds to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set Photo Leaks

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Over the past couple of days, set photos have been leaking out from Star Wars: Episode VII.  These leaks are part of the inevitable cycle we’ve fallen into when it comes to gigantic blockbusters: we say we don’t want to know anything, we hunt for every scrap we can find that will show us something, and the marketing almost always ends up spoiling everything anyway.  It’s frustrating (personally, I’d be fine never posting any leaked set photo), but it’s what the people want.  Director J.J. Abrams isn’t ignorant of this fact, but he’d like to keep things a little under wraps, and has left a polite note asking for people to stop stealing away unofficial images from the upcoming Star Wars movie.

The note is also somewhat cheeky as it denies the presence of the Millennium Falcon by doing a close-up on a piece of the ship that die-hard fans will recognize.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

First Set Photos of the Millennium Falcon from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Yesterday, Star Wars: Episode VII set photos began to leak out, and we saw costumes, sets, and even a creature from the film’s Abu Dhabi set (presumably, Abu Dhabi is standing in for Tatooine in the upcoming sequel).  But over in a soundstage, a new Millennium Falcon is being built, and now set photos of the construction have leaked online.  The producers and executives are probably less-than-pleased today as we all sit back and marvel at one of the most famous spaceships in cinema history being rebuilt.  Back in November, Yahoo! Movies reported that director J.J. Abrams was building a new, full-scale Millennium Falcon, so these images don’t come as a total shock, but they’re still nice to see.  And while she’s currently not much to look at, she’s still got it where it counts.

Hit the jump to check out a couple of the set photos.  The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Adds Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie

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Just because most of the cast was announced and filming is already underway, you didn’t really think Star Wars casting was over, did you?  Star Wars casting is never over.  Today, Lucasfilm has announced that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne from Game of Thrones) have joined Star Wars: Episode VIIA few months ago, there was word that Nyong’o had met with director J.J. Abrams about the film, and it looks like those conversations worked out.   As for Christie, this is the first time we’ve heard her name connected to Episode VII, and this is another big film for the talented actress as she’s also signed on to co-star in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  “I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement.  “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”  One of the criticisms of the previously-announced cast was the lack of female actresses.  We don’t know how big Nyong’o and Christie’s roles will be, but it’s exciting to have them on board.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set Photos Begin to Leak Online

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The mystery box is insignificant next to the power of the Force.  Filming on Star Wars: Episode VII began a couple weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, and now set photos have begun to leak out.  The images are what you’d expect from a Star Wars movie in terms of set decoration and costume design, although they’ve been slightly updated and I can believe that the fashion and technology glimpsed in these photos come 30 years after the original trilogy—different, but not so much that they bear almost no resemblance to previous designs.  Additionally, true to what producer Kathleen Kennedy said back in 2013, there will be practical effects, and these images provide a look at a new creature.

Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars: Episode VII set photos .  The film opens on December 18, 2015 and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

J.J. Abrams Offers Fans a Chance to Cameo in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and Be a “Force for Change”

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So this is pretty cool.  Star Wars: Episode VII is currently filming in Abu Dhabi, and director J.J. Abrams took some time to make a video offering fans a chance to fly to London (where they’re shooting most of the movie) to visit the set, meet the cast, and get a cameo in the movie.  Best of all, this contest is part of a charity effort called “Force for Change”.  Your donation for a chance to be in the movie will fund UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, which helps children all around the world.  Additionally, even if you don’t win the cameo, your donation can still get you cool rewards like t-shirts, posters, and more.  The higher the donation level, the more entries you get.

Click here to donate, and hit the jump to check out Abrams talking about contest, which also includes a cameo from a new, camel-like alien.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

See J.J. Abrams’ Note to the STAR WARS Cast and Crew

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As evidenced by last week’s debut set photo, principal photography is now underway on a brand new Star Wars film.  That’s an exciting prospect in and of itself, and while we really don’t know much about Star Wars: Episode VII other than the fact that the original trilogy cast is returning and it’s a sequel to Return of the Jedi (obviously), it’s neat to think that right now, at this very moment, a new Star Wars movie is being made.  To mark the beginning of production, director J.J. Abrams shared an encouraging note with his cast and crew, and the note has now made its way online.  If you’re looking for story clues or Easter Eggs, you’ll be sorely disappointed, but it’s nice to see how much Abrams cares about the many, many folks that are working hard to bring this film to fruition.

Hit the jump to check out the note and to read Abrams’ words of encouragement yourself.  The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny BakerStar Wars: Episode VII arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Rumored Working Title for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Revealed; May Refer to One of the Characters

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Now that most of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast has been announced, we can turn our attention to other speculative pursuits like trying to guess the film’s title.  The title doesn’t really matter in the sense of whether or not it will steer people to see the movie.  You could call the film Star Wars: Episode VII – Dead Puppies, and people would still flock to see it.  I doubt that will be the title (probably wouldn’t test well), but for right now all we can really hope for is a working title, and keep our eye on the horizon for the real one.

Hit the jump for what the Star Wars: Episode VII working title might be and how it could relate to the story.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Deliver a STAR WARS Day Message; Say They’re Still Working on the Script and Casting

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I hope you had a happy Star Wars Day.  This multi-billion dollar franchise that has defined generations never really gets the attention it deserves, but thankfully, “May the 4th” sounds like “May the Force”, and the rest is history.  Before 2012, this “holiday” could only look back at the main films, but now it can look forward as the Star Wars sequels are underway.  Although the main cast was announced last Friday, Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan did have a brief message for the fans.  Kasdan mentions that they’re still working on the script (don’t freak out; these are probably the kind of tweaks that happen for most major productions), and Abrams adds, “as casting announcements continue…” so it looks like we weren’t done with the casting news on this movie after all.  Excuse me while I cut off my head with a lightsaber.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

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