Disney Chairman Alan Horn Says the STAR WARS Films Will Have Budgets in the $175 Million to $200 Million Range

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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn spoke a bit this morning about the highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, but his comments were essentially confirming things we already know: the cast isn’t 100% set yet, principal photography hasn’t begun, George Lucas is consulting, and future Star Wars films could return to the May release date strategy.  However, he also revealed a fascinating nugget with regards to the budgets of the new Star Wars movies.  One might think that a movie as big as Episode VII would have a budget of epic proportions, but the number that Horn quoted is actually pretty in line with other recent tentpole films.  More after the jump.

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Says Casting Is Almost Done

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We’re trying to get every morsel of Star Wars: Episode VII news we can, and there’s no better source than Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan HornA few weeks ago, he told an audience at Loyola that second unit filming was underway and that when it came to casting, “We’re just not completely done yet.”  Principal photography is currently set to begin in May, and so Horn has provided a few more details.  According to Variety, Horn is going to London this week to go over the script with director/co-writer J.J. Abrams.  That’s no reason to freak out.  There’s no major rewrite on the way.  This is probably just a check to make sure both the studio and the production are on the same page before cameras start rolling.  Communication is somewhat important when billions of dollars are on the line.

Hit the jump for more Star Wars: Episode VII news from Horn, and to see what he had to say about the budgets of the Star Wars movies, click here.  The film opens on December 18, 2015.

Benedict Cumberbatch Rules Himself out of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and DOCTOR WHO

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According to Benedict Cumberbatch Star Wars and Doctor Who are two franchises he won’t be a part of in the near future.  For Star Wars: Episode VII, fronted by his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, it wasn’t for lack of trying on Cumberbatch’s part.  It appears as though he would have liked a part in in the highly anticipated film, but, alas, he will not appear on the casting sheet.  Cumberbatch was rumored to have a role in the film quite a few months ago, but we’ve yet to hear any official word (ie, from the studio itself) one way or the other.  As for Doctor Who, it certainly sounds as if Cumberbatch has a zero level of interest in ever joining the franchise.  Honest truths or studio spin?  You make the call after the jump.

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.

Filming on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Already Underway; Most of the Cast Is Set

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Although official production on Star Wars: Episode VII has yet to begin, the pre-production, non-glamorous filming is already underway.  Speaking at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, Disney chairman Alan Horn told the audience [via THR] that shooting had begun.  Since main filming would have probably leaked in some form, the current work is probably second-unit and plates.  I doubt any major lightsaber battles are going down at the moment.

As for the cast, “We have a lot of them [in place],” said Horn.  “We’re just not completely done yet.”  I imagine there will be a big press event where the main cast is announced, and then people will bicker and argue even though they know nothing about the plot or characters.  At most, Actor X will be announced for Han Solo’s son or something and some people will shout, “I don’t see it!  Worst casting ever!  Protect my childhood!”  Hit the jump for a brief recap on more of what we think we know so far.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Likely Shooting in Iceland; Is the Movie Going Back to Hoth?

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Iceland is a popular shooting location for major films.  It’s played host to Batman Begins, Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World, and many more.  Now it could be a location for Star Wars: Episode VII.  According Icelandic site visir.is [via Metro News], “the crew will be heading for the Scandinavian nation this spring ahead of the main production kicking off in May.”  The site also notes that this filming will mostly be landscape shots, and presumably they’ll be recreated on set with green screen and set design.

Given Iceland’s terrain, there’s some speculation that it could stand-in for the ice planet Hoth, but that’s firmly a rumor at this point.  Hit the jump for a brief recap of what we know about the movie thus far.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in regular theaters and in IMAX on December 18, 2015.

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 Casting News: Oscar-Winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o Meets with J.J. Abrams for Undisclosed Role

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Just a couple of days ago, we brought you this shortlist of actors vying for one of the coveted leads of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.  A new report has recent Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o being added to the list of possible cast members, as she apparently met with Abrams to read for a part as recently as a couple of weeks ago.  Obviously the details on that particular role are being kept quiet, but one possibility is that of the reportedly non-Caucasian part of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s descendant.  That role is separate from the ongoing search for actors to fill the roles of male and female lead characters in their twenties.  Hit the jump for more.

Shortlist for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Lead Includes John Boyega, Ed Speleers, and Jesse Plemons; Plus, Character Details Emerge

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With Adam Driver on board to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, it would be nice to know just who he’s going to go up against.  The shortlist of actors has apparently been narrowed down to rather eclectic mix of actors.  It includes John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Eragon), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.  While casting is by no means official and the audition process is ongoing, a new report has this quintet leading the pack.  Hit the jump for more, including newly emerged character details for the lead roles.

TOP 5: Adam Driver Nears Deal to Play Villain in STAR WARS EPISODE 7, GODZILLA Trailer, NON-STOP, Cinemath Meets Oscar Beat, VERONICA MARS Set Visit

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Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.

My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 News: Adam Driver Nearing Deal to Play the Villain

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Adam Driver has been in talks with some big studios for some major roles in recent months, but a new report has him nearing a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.  The deal isn’t done just yet, and there are (obviously) no details to the role itself, but Driver is apparently close to signing on for a role that would rival the iconic Darth Vader.  Were this to become official, it would be the first casting news for the highly anticipated film, due out December 18, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

Gary Oldman and Zac Efron Say They’ve Had Meetings for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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As we’ve reported in the past, just about everyone in Hollywood has auditioned or been contacted about Star Wars: Episode VII.  That may seem like a bit of an exaggerating, but the production also put out an open casting call for people living in the United States and the United Kingdom, so they’re casting a pretty wide net.  But among the Hollywood crowd, we can add two more names who have gone on record about talking to the producers of the highly-anticipated sequel.

“I just went and met with [producers],” Zac Efron said to MTV. “So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but … who knows?” and Gary Oldman told Sky Movies, “They’ve called. You know, I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired.”  Oldman also pointed out that he’s no stranger to gigantic franchises: “I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman, and Star Wars… bloody hell!”  So if you want to have a successful franchise, you need some of that Oldman magic.  Hit the jump to check out video of the stars talking about their meetings.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in 3D on December 18, 2015.

Miles Teller Talks THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, Dating Advice, His Audition for STAR WARS Episode VII, FANTASTIC FOUR, ALLEGIANT, and More

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Perhaps you missed Rabbit Hole, but between Footloose, 21 & Over, The Spectacular Now, all the buzz coming out of Sundance for Whiplash and the fact that he’s clearly earned himself a place in the incessant blockbuster rumor mill, it’s obvious that Miles Teller is one to watch.In his latest release, That Awkward Moment, Teller steps in as Daniel, a 20-something living in New York City who’s busy at work by day and picking up ladies at night. When Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) gets hit with a divorce, Daniel and Jason (Zac Efron) decide it’s time to embrace the single life together. However, it’s easier said than done because when Daniel starts to fall for his wing-woman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), he’s genuinely thrilled to start the relationship, but just can’t build up the nerve to tell his friends.

With That Awkward Moment heading towards its January 31st wide release, Collider got the chance to sit down with Teller and discuss how the film has made him an honorary love guru. Check out Teller’s dating advice as well as what he told us about his preparation process, the challenge of establishing a comedic rhythm, his audition for Star Wars: Episode VII, potentially beefing up for Fantastic Four, his thoughts on the final book of the Divergent trilogy and much more in the interview below.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS News: Carrie Fisher Reveals Production Start Date with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill; Rumors Have PIXAR Getting into the STAR WARS Game

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Here’s a round-up of the latest Star Wars news:

  • Though it’s not official (as in, no word from the studio via press release), Carrie Fisher recently remarked on her expected start date on the production of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, alongside co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.
  • The most recent rumor outside of Star Wars: Episode VII is that Pixar will now get into the Star Wars game with a collaborative future film.
  • It’s not news, per se, but we have some forced perspective images using Star Wars vehicles that are pretty darn cool.

Hit the jump for more on each story.

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