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.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers Rumored for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Role

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We learned this week that much of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast is set.  However, we are not privy to that information, so we subsist on rumors.  There is now speculation that Maisie Richardson-Sellers is up for a key role as part of an extended casting search in London.  Star Wars: Episode VII would be the first feature credit for Richardson-Sellers, an Oxford-trained actress.  Heat Vision suggests the role of “a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi” is a good fit.  But Disney declined to comment and sources say Richardson-Sellers has not yet been offered the role.

J.J. Abrams is gearing up for principal photography in May (preliminary filming is already underway), so all will be revealed soon enough.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.  More after the jump.

Peter Mayhew to Reprise His Role as Chewbacca in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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It was recently revealed that preliminary filming on Star Wars: Episode VII is already underway, with most of the cast already set.  Director J.J. Abrams is known for keeping an extremely tight lid on his projects, and indeed Disney has officially announced/confirmed nearly nothing about the project, even though principal photography is only weeks away.  The one confirmed cast member we do have is R2D2, and now it looks like another familiar face will officially be returning as well: Chewbacca.  Could that mean an official announcement of Chewie’s close pal Han Solo is not far behind?  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII May Begin Filming May 14th in Morocco

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With so little by way of big news re: Star Wars, fans are eager for every sliver of information that can be gleaned about the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel Episode VII.  Such a news nugget may have slipped out today, as a new report claims that filming on the follow-up will begin in earnest on May 14th in Morocco.  This isn’t too surprising, as Disney has already confirmed that production on Episode VII will get underway in May, but the location is quite curious since George Lucas used Morocco to shoot some Tatooine scenes for the original Star Wars films—and those sets still stand today.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Takes Place 30 Years After RETURN OF THE JEDI; Starts Filming in May

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Disney CEO Bob Iger decided to drop some big news during this morning’s earnings call.  In addition to revealing that sequels to Pixar’s The Incredibles and Cars are in the works, he provided a brief update on Star Wars: Episode VII, revealing that the sequel will take place 30 years after the events of Episode V: Return of the Jedi.  Moreover, and possibly even more surprising, Iger confirmed that filming on Episode VII begins in May despite the fact that not a single castmember beyond R2D2 has been officially announced.  Hit the jump for more, including the official press release.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Will Shoot from Mid-May through September

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It’s been a couple of days since our last Star Wars story, so it’s time for another update on the highly anticipated film.  The firm production dates of Star Wars: Episode VII have been hard to nail down, but a spring start-date was necessary in order to keep the pic on track for its December 2015 release date.  Indeed, HitFix has confirmed through multiple sources that director J.J. Abrams’ sequel will begin filming in mid-May and will shoot through September.  Not a crazy short schedule, but not a particularly lengthy one either.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII News: Reworked Script Has Original Trilogy Stars in the Leads; Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving Eyed for Roles

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Star Wars fans may want to sit down for this one.  While J.J. Abrams has now been onboard to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for nearly a year, solid news with regards to the pic has been very, very hard to come by.  As the film’s production start date looms closer, we all knew this was about to change, and last night we learned that Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons is being eyed for a role in the pic. Now THR has dumped a huge quantity of info about the follow-up, including word that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all being eyed for roles.  More interestingly, though, the script for Episode VII has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt was pushed off the project, and the lead characters for Episode VII may now be the original trilogy stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.

Hit the jump for the Star Wars: Episode VII motherload.

TOP 5: End of the Year Edition – J.J. Abrams Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, Cinemath Returns, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are Batman and Wonder Woman, Netflix Lands Marvel Live-Action Series’ While Blockbuster Dies, Fact-Checking BREAKING BAD

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For the third year in a row I find myself looking through previous Top 5 installments on the last Saturday of the year, trying to whittle the hundreds of stories I’ve covered in the past 52 weeks down to the five that I find most interesting, important, popular, etc. At its most basic, this is just an exercise of further reducing a list that I’ve been trimming and prepping on a weekly basis all year long. That’s likely the most boring/tedious way of looking at it, but true nonetheless.

At its best, I see the “End of the Year Edition” as a Collider time capsule of sorts. A snapshot that is in no way comprehensive enough to properly acknowledge the amount of time, work, thought, travel, money, etc. that goes into making this site what it is. And yet, representative enough of our content as a whole that someone who stumbles upon it can see what we were trying to accomplish: to cover the things that we’re passionate about in the most interesting and sincere way possible and to completely and utterly dominate the Internet by way of Star Wars and superhero movie casting rumors. Keep reading for the five stories/pieces of content that in many ways defined our 2013.

The STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Script Hasn’t Been Turned in Yet

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While production is poised to begin on Star Wars: Episode VII early next year, it appears that there’s still a bit of script work left to do for the highly anticipated sequel.  We know that Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine scribe Michael Arndt had a treatment prepared when Disney first purchased Lucasfilm and announced plans for more Star Wars films, and while he worked with director J.J. Abrams on the screenplay once Abrams was hired on, it sounds like Arndt’s take on the material is being significantly reworked.

It was announced a few months ago that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were taking over scripting duties on Episode VII, and now Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has revealed that he hasn’t yet received the script.  Hit the jump for more.

J.J. Abrams Says New STAR WARS Release Date Is “a Huge Improvement”; Explains Reluctance to Shoot in London

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J.J. Abrams has mastered the art of talking without really saying anything at all.  Of course, he’s had lots of practice working on the mystery-laden Lost and two Star Trek films, but those feel like cake walks compared to the amount of information he has to keep under wraps on the hugely anticipated new Star Wars film.  Abrams has not really talked at length about Episode VII, and when he does discuss the film he does so very, very carefully.  Such is the case with today’s interview, in which Abrams “talks” about the new release date for Episode VII and his initial reluctance to shoot the film in London.  Hit the jump to read on.

Confirmed: R2-D2 Will Appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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As if there was any doubt, R2-D2 will definitely be making an appearance in J.J. Abrams upcoming sequel Star Wars: Episode VII.  Abrams’ production company Bad Robot recently teased an image of Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy standing alongside R2 in the Star Wars “workshop,” hinting at the droid’s appearance in the film, and now Variety has confirmed that R2 is in Episode VII.  Moreover, the two other men in the photo are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, members of the creature effects team for Episode VII.  The two initially came into contact with Kennedy this summer in Germany, where they impressed her with the droids they built as part of the R2-D2 Builders Club.  When it came time to staff up the effects team for Episode VII, Kennedy put in a good word for the duo.

Production on Star Wars: Episode VII will begin next spring in anticipation of a December 18, 2015 release date, but we still don’t have any confirmed cast members.  That will likely change before Hollywood breaks for the holidays, so keep an eye out over the next month.

J.J. Abrams Poses with R2-D2 from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Workshop in New Image

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With an official release date of December 18, 2015 now set, director J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars: Episode VII team are working towards a firm deadline with production set to get underway early next year.  Just in case you thought Abrams and Co. were twiddling their thumbs, the Bad Robot twitter just unveiled a behind-the-scenes image of Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy posing with a rather familiar-looking robot in their workshop where pre-production on Episode VII is well underway.  It’s a fun teaser image that may or may not confirm that R2-D2 will make an appearance in the Star Wars sequel.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image, and if you’d like to submit a video audition to be in the film, click here.

TOP 5: Possible Casting Breakdown for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, PACIFIC RIM Set Visit, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Trailer, RIDDICK Set Visit, MAN OF STEEL

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In anticipation of checking out Monsters University later today, my wife and I and two of our nephews rewatched Monsters, Inc. last night. It had been probably 10 years or so since I last watched Inc. and all I can say is shame on me for forgetting how good it is. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, during which I had already laughed no fewer than five times, I was reminded why Pixar (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Brendan’s Pixar by the Numbers editorial) is held to such a high standard: because they set that standard for themselves first and, in doing so, conditioned us to expect nothing less than spectacular. Do I prefer it when the studio introduces new characters, stories, and worlds over sequels and spin-offs? Sure. Still yet, they could never release another movie I care about (which won’t happen) and would still have done enough for the medium to deserve my eternal appreciation and respect.

Now that I’m finished vouching for a studio that requires zero support from me in order to stay relevant, I can get to the reason we’re all here. In this week’s Top 5 you can find a possible casting breakdown for Star Wars: Episode VII, our Pacific Rim set visit, the excellent first trailer for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, our Riddick set visit recap, and what may very well be the final appearance that Man of Steel ever makes in this weekly feature (no promises, though). Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Possible Casting Breakdown for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Revealed

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As director J.J. Abrams gears up to start production on Star Wars: Episode VII early next year, the filmmaker has presumably begun thinking about casting for the highly anticipated sequel.  A rumored casting breakdown hit the web a week ago that claimed Han and Lei’s twin children would be the protagonists of the film, but given that it read like it was written by a 14-year-old fanboy and revealed way more than typical casting breakdowns normally do, we were dubious of its validity.  Now another casting breakdown has hit the web, and this one seems much more solid.

Apparently the Star Wars casting directors have sent out a brief breakdown of the film’s lead characters to agents in the US and UK, and the list reveals that the main cast involves two teenage girls, two young men in their 20s, two middle-aged men, and another older man around age 70.  Hit the jump to read the full breakdowns and let the guessing games begin.

Rumor: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Talks for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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Now that Star Trek Into Darkness has finally been released in theaters, director J.J. Abrams is free to focus the majority of his time on that other beloved franchise that he’s reviving: Star Wars.  While plot details have been (and will be) kept under firm wraps for quite some time, we do know that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is hard at work on the screenplay, and he was even seen with Abrams in London at the Into Darkness premiere, so it’s clear that the two are knee-deep in development on Episode VII.

With production looking to get underway in London in early 2014, Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are likely starting to think about casting.  A recent report has now surfaced that claims Abrams has already zeroed in on one actor for the film: Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  Hit the jump for more.

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