Mark Ruffalo Talks INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, Daydreaming About His Characters, Getting Nervous, STAR WARS, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, SPOTLIGHT & More

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One of the rare films to play at both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear.  Based on her own childhood experiences, the film takes place in 1978 Boston and stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive father struggling to raise his young daughters while also trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana).  Loaded with fantastic performances and a great script that’s able to keep Ruffalo sympathetic even when he’s causing serious problems, Forbes’ debut feature really impressed me and you should look forward to seeing it for yourself next year in theaters.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Mark Ruffalo.  During our wide-ranging conversation, he talked about how he still gets nervous taking on roles, how he’s started pulling from dreams when putting together his characters, his preparation process for each part, how the project changed along the way, what the last few years have been like, his desire to be in Star Wars, the status of Now You See Me 2Thomas McCarthy‘s Catholic church sex scandal drama Spotlight, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what he had to say.

Mark Ruffalo Wants Rian Johnson to Cast Him in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

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Rian Johnson is a big shot these days, now that he’s the man in charge of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the dream job of every writer/director of his generation.  Mark Ruffalo worked with Johnson when he was still and up-and-comer on his second feature, The Brothers Bloom.  Ruffalo told us at TIFF that they rekindled their relationship recently because he “desperately” wants to join Johnson in his Star Wars adventure.  Ruffalo said he sent an e-mail to Johnson that read:

“Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing.  And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”

Hit the jump for everything Ruffalo had to say about Star Wars, as well as his passion for motion capture and how the two opportunities could intersect.

Rian Johnson Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII; Praises the Use of Practical Effects on EPISODE VII

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Have you had enough of all the Star Wars: Episode VII news today?  Well, you’re in luck because now we’re going to focus on Star Wars: Episode VIII!  There’s been talk of a Star Wars trilogy film hitting theaters every other year with a Star Wars spinoff movie in between, so if that really does pan out, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII could be heading towards a 2017 release.  Three years may seem like a lot, but when you’ve got to write, direct and then take a film of this magnitude through post-production, the time is going to fly by fast.

Johnson has talked about taking the gig a little bit since being hired back in June, but not to the extent he just did in a new podcast.  Hit the jump to find out what Johnson had to say about jumping into the Star Wars universe, his thoughts on practical versus digital effects and more.

Daisy Ridley’s STAR WARS Role May Span All Three Films

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You know what happens when you get cast in a hot property like Star Wars?  Everyone wants to rep you.  Even though there’s a good chance you have yet to see Daisy Ridley in a single thing, she’s one of the most sought-after rising stars in Hollywood right now, probably in large part due to her Star Wars: Episode VII gig.

So far we know don’t know much about her role, but we will come to know her character very well over the years because it’s being reported that her character isn’t just Episode VII-specific.  The plan is to have her cross over into the second and third films as well.  Hit the jump for more.

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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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.

Rumor: Saoirse Ronan up for Lead in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; More Details on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Supposed Role

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Today in “Star Wars Rumors that Will Inevitable Spur Debate Based on Characters We Don’t Know”, the talented Saoirse Ronan may have the Force with her.  According to Latino Review and independently supported by Bleeding Cool, Ronan has reportedly gone in to read for a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and possibly “the lead role” in the upcoming sequel.  Bleeding Cool notes that this isn’t a done deal, and there are other actresses with recognizable names who could get the part instead.  Whether she gets the lead or a supporting role, I’m a fan of Ronan, and hopefully either female role is a good chance for her to break from her recent “Depressed Teen Looking for a Home” characters.

Hit the jump for more details on the rumor regarding Benedict Cumberbatch being in the sequel trilogy.

Disney Will Release a New STAR WARS Film Every Year Starting in 2015

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Get ready for a whole lot of Star Wars, folks.  Disney took the stage today for its presentation at CinemaCon—a convention for theater owners—in Las Vegas, and the studio made the bold announcement that it is planning on releasing a new Star Wars film into theaters every summer starting with 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII.  The studio will alternate every other year with an “Episode” film and a standalone film, and based on previous rumors there certainly won’t be a lack of characters for them to mine.  Hit the jump for more.

Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg May Be Writing STAR WARS Spin-Offs Instead of Sequels

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Earlier this month, we reported that Lawrence Kasdan (Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (This Means War) were attached to write screenplays for Star Wars Episode VIII and IX, respectively (Toy Story 3 scribe Michard Arndt is writing Episode VII).  However, it turns out that this news may have jumped the blaster on what Kasdan and Kinberg are working on for Lucasfilm.

Hit the jump for how Kasdan and Kinberg could be involved in Star Wars spin-offs.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due out in 2015.

Simon Kinberg and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Scribe Lawrence Kasdan to Write and Produce STAR WARS Episodes 8 and 9

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If you thought we’d be heading into the Thanksgiving holiday without one more Star Wars rumor for the road, you’d be wrong.  Michael Arndt was recently confirmed as the screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode VII, and while everyone is busy speculating over who will or won’t direct the next installment in the franchise, it appears that Disney already has its sights set on Episodes VIII and IX.  Word on the street is that the Mouse House is looking at Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and X-Men: First Class scribe Simon Kinberg to possibly get to work on the next two installments in the new trilogy right away.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Kasdan and Kinberg's involvement has been confirmed along with the news that the two will also produce.  More after the jump.]

Mark Hamill Comments on STAR WARS Sale, Meeting with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher About the Upcoming Sequel Trilogy and More!

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It seems the legions of Star Wars fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard by Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilms; even star Mark Hamill was surprised by the news.  However, Hamill did know of the plans for a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, since he had met with George Lucas over the summer to plan for the films.  We reported earlier today that the Luke Skywalker of Star Wars Episode VII is expected to be in his 30s or 40s; with Hamill currently at 61, what role could he possibly have in the next film?  Hit the jump to see what Hamill had to say about the impending additions to the Star Wars franchise.

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Talk the Future of STAR WARS; Reveal They’ve Already Met with Writers for EPISODE VII

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A tiny bit of news broke this afternoon, as it was announced that Disney was acquiring George Lucas‘ LucasFilm and a new Star Wars film is being planned for release in 2015.  Naturally, the internet went a little nuts.  There was a bit of confusion surrounding the initial news nugget, but we learned a bit more as Disney and LucasFilm started revealing the details of the deal.  Star Wars: Episode 7 will kick off a new trilogy, with LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy overseeing the franchise as the executive producer while Lucas acts as a creative consultant.

In concert with the acquisition news, Lucas and Kennedy released a video online explaining why the decision was made to sell the company to Disney and what this means for Star Wars going forward.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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