STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Director Rian Johnson Teases Overall Direction of the Film

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Last month we got the utterly fantastic news that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, (in addition to crafting a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX).  Johnson’s Looper is such an incredibly strong film that I have to imagine there will be a certain amount of quality gained from this if he’s allowed a reasonable amount of control over the project.  While details are still thin on Episode VIII (let’s face it, they’re still thin on Episode VII so I wouldn’t expect this to get better anytime soon) this is a sign that Lucasfilm and Disney are at least somewhat concerned with the stewardship of this franchise as a piece of entertainment (in addition to the obvious interest in it as a brand).

Now Johnson is beginning to tease out some (admittedly vague) thoughts on the project.  Hit the jump for some initial thoughts from Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson.

Marvel STAR WARS Comics Fill in the Blanks Between A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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I’m not sure if I have a burning desire to find out what happened between the first two Star Wars films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  It feels like if there was originally anything terribly interesting there George Lucas would have filled us in over 30 years ago.  But for those of you who are bigger Star Wars fans than me (which is pretty much everyone) it should be good news that Marvel is reuniting with the franchise for a run of three separate comic books series that fill in the blanks between those two films (including the moment Darth Vader learned he was Luke Skywalker’s father).

The series will be called simply Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia (with only the latter getting a multi-issue run apparently).  Hit the jump for more info and artwork from the new Star Wars comics.

Zack Snyder Trolls the Internet with Henry Cavill SuperJedi Image

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San Diego Comic-Con is a time when studios start touting or teasing a number of upcoming films, some of which haven’t even been officially announced yet.  However, director Zack Snyder has presumably decided to toy with this culture of intrigue and pop-culture excitement, as he recently shared an image on Twitter of Henry Cavill dressed up in full Jedi regalia with the hashtag “SuperJedi”.  Before you start getting any ideas, no Warner Bros. does not own the rights to Star Wars, Disney does, so no, a Star Wars/Superman crossover will not be happening.  A full Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice panel has not been officially announced for Warner Bros.’ Hall H block on Saturday, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see at least something from the film.  Whether it has anything to do with this so-called “SuperJedi” I have no idea, but the internet is sure to be aflutter with Superman/Star Wars speculation throughout the next couple of days.  Well played, Mr. Snyder.

Hit the jump to check out the Henry Cavill SuperJedi image, and check Collider frequently over the next four days for our wall-to-wall Comic-Con coverage.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Reveals Full-Scale X-Wing in Video for “Force for Change” [Updated with 2nd Image]

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A couple months ago, director J.J. Abrams revealed “Force for Change”, which gave fans a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and cameo in the film in exchange for making a donation to UNICEF.  Even if you didn’t win the top prize of the visit and the cameo, there were still prize levels based on the amount of your donation, and most importantly, you were contributing to a good cause.  With only four days left in the “Force for Change” campaign, Abrams has released a new video, which shows a full-scale X-Wing fighter jet.  The movie isn’t kidding around when it comes to practical effects, and it’s a very cool and fun reveal that helps bring attention to “Force for Change”.  Additionally, the campaign has sweetened the deal by giving the winner not only a visit to the set and a cameo, but they’ll win a private, advanced hometown screening.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing in the video message from Abrams.  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.

New STAR WARS REBELS Featurette Takes a Look at the Inquisitor and Voice Actor Jason Isaacs

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Last week, we got a Star Wars Rebels featurette focusing on the Imperial Security Bureau’s Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) aka the “Rebel Hunter”.  This week, we have a featurette for another baddie, the Inquisitor.  Despite the chalk-white face, red tattoos, and yellow eyes, the showrunners make clear that the Inquisitor is not a Sith even though he also has a red lightsaber.  The showrunners also make clear that the Inquisitor has a personality distinct from the saga’s other major baddies, Darth Maul and Darth Vader.  But most importantly, this featurette reveals that the character is voiced by Jason Isaacs, and that alone tells you the character is evil.  I’m sure Isaacs is a lovely human being, but his voice is the sweet sound of vengeful wrath.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels featurette.  The show also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum.  Star Wars Rebels premieres this fall with a one-hour telecast on Disney Channel, followed by the full series on Disney XD.

Andy Serkis Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Deleted Scenes, Advances in Motion Capture, and How Early He Was Cast in STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

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Let me be very clear: Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and a huge step forward for what can be accomplished with motion capture technology, as Andy Serkis has again delivered one of the year’s best performances.  Loaded with incredible performances all around and a great script, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also atypical in that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the San Francisco press day I landed a great video interview with Andy Serkis.  He talked about his reaction to the finished film, advances in motion capture and film technology, how everything you see any ape do was done by a human performer, deleted scenes, how long ago he was cast in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode 7, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New STAR WARS REBELS Featurette Focuses on Villain Agent Kallus and His Voice Actor David Oyelowo

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Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels featurette focusing on one of the animated series’ villains, Agent Kallus.  As the featurette explains, he’s a “Rebel Hunter” in the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB), and organization similar to the FBI and military police.  As his voice actor David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) explains, Kallus’ job is to make sure everyone stays loyal.  This featurette provides a reveal of some of Oyelowo’s voice acting, and he sounds really good.  I never saw Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but I think Star Wars Rebels has the potential to be a good show in its right even though I don’t know how it will compare to the beloved Cartoon Network series.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels featurette.  The show premieres this fall with a one-hour telecast on Disney Channel, followed by the full series on Disney XD.

New STAR WARS Episode 7 Casting; Plus Kevin Smith Breaks Silence on His Set Visit and Watch Some “Leaked” Footage

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A bit of Star Wars 7 casting and hiatus news was announced today, so I figured I’d combine that with a few other SW7 tidbits on a slow Sunday. First, the official news that Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson (both pictured above) have joined the cast of the J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars: Episode VII.  Also, according to the official announcement, there will be a two week hiatus from shooting in August to allow the schedule to work around Harrison Ford‘s leg injury.

Meanwhile, Kevin Smith has found a way to keep talking about the film (without saying all that much) despite the fact that he signed a fat NDA that initially only allowed him to post an instagram video of himself crying. Hit the jump for that and for some “leaked” Star Wars Episode 7 footage.

Rumor: J.J. Abrams Wants to Push STAR WARS 7 to May 2016, But Disney Holding Strong with 2015 Date

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We almost made it an entire week with only two Star Wars rumor stories, but alas, we’ve got one more to close out the week.  To be fair, this latest rumor does have some weight to it, if only to clear up confusion regarding the possibility of a release date delay.  As you well know, Harrison Ford recently injured his leg pretty badly on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  The actor will be out of commission for two months, which is a significant blow to the production as Han Solo is said to play a major role in director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  On Monday, a rumor surfaced that filming could maybe be postponed due to the injury, but now word comes that Disney is adamant that Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015—despite the fact that Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have apparently been lobbying for a delay to May.  Hit the jump to read on.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors: Mercenaries, Sith Witches, and Fallout from Harrison Ford’s Injury

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The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill continues to churn away as new plot details have possibly surfaced.  But before we get to those, let’s get to some production rumors following Harrison Ford‘s leg injury.  According to the less-than-reliable New York Post, Oscar Isaac‘s role is being expanded to make up for less Han Solo.  However, another source tells the Post, “‘The basic story line will not change that much.’ The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but ‘the order of filming scenes could be shifted’ to work around Ford’s absence.”  This seems far more likely, and the source adds that “Shutting down the movie is impossible,” and I believe that as well.  I’m not sure the movie’s insurance would cover such a shutdown, and even if it did, Disney seems determined to hit the release date no matter what.

Hit the jump for some more Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley[Possible spoilers ahead]

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.

Rian Johnson to Write and Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII; Will Write Treatment for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

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Well here’s some fucking amazing news.  According to Deadline, Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, and The Wrap reports that he write a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX.  As a fan of all three of Johnson’s films—Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper—I could not be more excited.  This is the big break his fans have been hoping for, and it doesn’t get bigger than Star Wars.  The fact that he gets Episode VIII and gets to have input on Episode IX is not only gravy, but it’s also a smart move on the part of Disney and Lucasfilm

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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.

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