STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Officially Titled STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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Shortly after wrapping principal photography, Lucasfilm revealed the official Star Wars: Episode VII title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens!  Without getting into spoiler territory, it does line up with some of the rumors in circulation and it also just makes sense.  It’s been 10 years since our last Star Wars film and The Force Awakens does sell this one as a powerful return.  Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s also just a nice straightforward and easy-to-spell title, too.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and more.  Hit the jump for more on the title announcement.

Franchise Veteran Warwick Davis Will Return for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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With the overabundance of Star Wars: Episode VII leaks and rumors floating around, it is so incredibly refreshing to get a legit bit of news straight from the official Star Wars YouTube page, and via an especially amusing video nonetheless.

Hit the jump to catch the must-see video announcing that Warwick Davis will return to the Star Wars film franchise for Episode VII.  The movie hits theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy Serkis and Gwendoline Christie.

Kathleen Kennedy Says STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Within Three Weeks of Finishing Filming

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Industrial Light and Magic just celebrated the opening of its very first studio in the UK in preparation for post-production on Star Wars: Episode VII and during the event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy offered a brief status update on the production.  Apparently there’s only three more weeks left of shooting and from there, the new ILM location will begin working on visual and special effects for the film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and more.  Hit the jump for more on how the revival of the film franchise led to the opening of ILM London.

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Rumors: Max Von Sydow’s Character, Daisy Ridley’s House, and the Return to a Familiar Location

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It’s been nearly two weeks since our last coverage of any Star Wars Episode 7 rumors, but don’t you fret because today we’ve got a new bundle of potential information regarding the highly anticipated film.  Production continues under the direction of J.J. Abrams over in London, and I have to say I’ve been pretty impressed with the way Lucasfilm and Disney have been handling the possible leaks and rumors thus far by not addressing them at all.  I want to go into the film as dark as possible, but in the internet age things are bound to get out.  However, given the flurry of rumors surrounding the project, it’s sometimes tough to suss out what could be true and what’s total BS.  Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t providing any direction one way or the other by just completely ignoring everything.

That said, today’s batch of rumors come from a reliable source and happen to be very non-spoilery.  If true, they only serve to make me more excited for this new Star Wars adventure.  Read on after the jump, but be aware that possible minor spoilers for the film may lie below.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 16, 2016.

Rumor: Adam Driver Not a Villain in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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From the moment Adam Driver stepped into the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill, there was talk about him playing a villain and we’ve been running with that idea ever since.  However, a photo just surfaced of Driver in costume on set that suggests otherwise.

Hit the jump to find out what Driver was donning on set, but be aware; there are some spoilers in this article.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars Mark HamillCarrie FisherHarrison FordAnthony DanielsPeter MayhewKenny BakerJohn BoyegaDaisy Ridley, Gwendoline ChristieOscar IsaacAndy SerkisDomhnall GleesonLupita Nyong’oMiltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow.

Has the STAR WARS EPISODE VII Story Been Revealed?

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J.J. Abrams isn’t going to like this, as it appears that his mystery box has sprung a bit of a leak.  You may not like it either if you want to remain unspoiled on Star Wars: Episode VII news in general, because details regarding the film’s general plot have hit the net.  If these are true, it actually seems kind of a cool story to me.  But there are those that don’t want to know anything and I totally get it.

All I’ll say above the jump is that I hope Disney and Lucasfilm really make the best of the two week hiatus coming up in August to rework the film’s shooting schedule.  Because they’re going to need Harrison Ford.  And his leg.  Hit the jump for Star Wars Episode 7 story details.  And, in case you didn’t get the message in the first paragraph, spoilers below.

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Confirmed Shooting in IMAX, J.J. Abrams Tweets Pic From Set

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J.J. Abrams likes his mystery box so much that even when he makes an announcement, he still doesn’t make an announcement.  But it does appear that Star Wars: Episode VII is shooting partially in the IMAX format.  I say “partially” because Abrams has already confirmed that the film will be shot in 35MM (which we can now take to read as “some of the film will be shot in 35MM”), leaving ostensibly the rest to be photographed in the 70MM IMAX format.

Today he tweeted a picture from set (from what appears to be the Abu Dhabi location for Tatooine a few months back; it certainly isn’t Pinewood) with a clear shot of an IMAX camera in play containing the hashtag #bestformatever.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars Episode 7 IMAX front.

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.

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 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.

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.

Harrison Ford Reportedly Has “Gigantic Role” in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Oscar Isaac Rumored for Role

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We know Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will return for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Perhaps you, like me, assumed the original trio would make extended cameos that launched the new cast on a fresh trilogy’s worth of adventures.  But director J.J. Abrams is as big a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy as the rest of you.  Deadline hears he and Disney planned a “gigantic role” for Ford in the first film of the trilogy.  We know nothing about the Episode VII story other than all the expanded universe tales it won’t tap.  So I’ll leave the speculation about how Ford will feature heavily—I just ask that you make Ford a crochety mentor type.

Hit the jump for more casting rumors surrounding Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and John Boyega.

TOP 5: WonderCon Coverage, BOYHOOD Trailer, Orci Lobbying to Direct STAR TREK 3, Ray Fisher to Play Cyborg in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, STAR WARS News

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I’d like to apologize in advance for today’s opening paragraph lacking the fascinating insight and ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 gushing that you’ve come to expect. I’m writing from the press lounge of the 5th Annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2) where a majority of my time will be spent on the convention floor taking Cosplay pictures and searching for heavily discounted hardback comics. It’s not a complete loss, though, as I should be posting an image recap from the convention in the coming days much like I’ve done the last two years.

All dreams of hardback treasure hunting aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights our extensive WonderCon Anaheim coverage, the first trailer for Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, word that Roberto Orci is looking to direct Star Trek 3, Ray Fisher landing the role of Cyborg in Batman vs. Superman, and several new pieces of Star Wars info. Resting on the other side of the jump is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to Shoot in Abu Dhabi as Stand-In for Tatooine

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Your (almost) daily dose of Star Wars semi-news is ready.  A few weeks ago, a report surfaced that director J.J. Abrams was looking to kick off filming on Star Wars: Episode VII in Morocco and Tunisia, which served as the stand-ins for Tatooine in George Lucas’ previous Star Wars films.  However, it appears that a new city will actually serve as the stand-in for Tatooine this time around, as a four-week shoot is being planned in Abu Dhabi.  Hit the jump for more on the latest development regarding Star Wars: Episode VII.

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