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.

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  • Nick

    Jeez Matt I don’t think you’re quite cynical enough. I’m no fan of all this May the 4th nonsense but seriously, your posts don’t have quite enough vitriol for my taste. Keep up the good work.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      Will do!

  • Chris Parker

    Could be worse Matt – it might become a 3 day holiday when “Revenge of the 6th” takes hold.

  • Chris Parker

    Could be worse Matt – it might become a 3 day holiday when “Revenge of the 6th” takes hold.

  • Redjester

    Good, hopefully this means Benedict Cumberbatch, Saiorse Ronan, and others on my wishlist still have a shot of making it into the cast!

    • Manny Fal

      You would think, surely it can’t be the announcement of an unknown or not very known actor?

      • Redjester

        If a well-known actor is chosen, I’m guessing (since they weren’t at the table reading) that they’ll probably play a small role in this next film with the possibility of having a more central role in future installments.

    • Strong Enough

      Ronan is so bland

      • Redjester

        That ‘bland’ kid is going to be the next Cate Blanchett. You heard it here first!

      • Strong Enough

        Yeah sure

  • Redjester

    Good, hopefully this means Benedict Cumberbatch, Saiorse Ronan, and others on my wishlist still have a shot of making it into the cast!

  • DEADP00L

    This is stupid and they are over exposing the movie and it hasn’t even started yet. People are already starting to get tired of hearing about it and if they aren’t careful they will start alienating people and fans.

    • HORSEFLESH

      This film has had less promotion -at this stage of production- that any previous Star Wars film.

      • DEADP00L

        That’s because that ‘movie’ claimed to be the last movie. Lucas lied and jar jar never died.

  • Seanpb

    Matt, mate, you just can’t help yourself. How about you try reporting the news just once. Your colleagues manage it just fine. It’s pretty straight forward, you take something that has been announced and relay it to people who mightn’t have heard about it yet. There’s no need whatsoever for your own opinion, it’s entirely inconsequential.

    I could only imagine your write up of a sporting event collapsing into some diatribe against one of the competitors not playing in huge spirit you appreciate, or their coach getting things wrong, because you know best.

    I’ve a task for you: next time a nugget of news slides across your desk, write it up without the opinion tagged on. See if you can manage it just once.

    • Nico

      hmmm, I like the little human touches in his reporting. To each his own Sean.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        same here – he’s got an opinion or if he has a clever little jab – it’s nice to read a good zinger. Makes the story a bit more interesting. However, if Matt had said he’d cut his own arm off with a lightsaber instead of his head – the joke would have gone further.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        You’re totally right. Dammit.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      First off, we’re not mates. Wanted to clear up that misunderstanding.

      Second, thanks for your “task”, but I don’t work for you. You’re not entitled to us reporting the news exactly the way you want it.

      However, since you don’t understand the site or realize that we’re not the trades or ComingSoon, I’ve banned you because I don’t have patience for people who thinks that the world has to cater to them to the point that they can’t stand someone poking fun at the idea of Star Wars having a “day”.

      • Strong Enough

        Damn. Matt is puttin in work! lol

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  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    May 4th is my daughter anniversary. It would be better for you not to mess with this star wars J.J.

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    Whenever I hear Kasdan talk I always expect him to say “Okay children it’s time for picture picture!” Love the dude’s writing though, glad he’s on this one.

  • Aquartertoseven

    That’s incredibly worrying, that they’re going to start filming and they haven’t even done the script yet. What’s taking so long?

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