J.J. Abrams is officially on board to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first entry in a new trilogy. As Abrams gets the mothership in order, you better believe Disney is working on the fringes to realize the full potential of their recently acquired franchise. In particular, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are reportedly developing scripts that “could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.” One possibility that surfaced is Zack Snyder‘s version of Seven Samurai in the Star Wars universe. Since Snyder’s reps quickly shot that down, it’s time to move on to the next rumor which involves Yoda.
While George Lucas toils day and night thinking of ways to make iconic scenes from his classic Star Wars films just a little bit worse, there are plenty of folks out there who are doing more interesting, worthwhile stuff with the beloved intergalactic heroes and villains of their youth. National treasure Topher Grace for one. Another is Montreal-based X3 Productions, which has provided us with these elegant, thought-provoking posters, featuring the prominent inhabitants of the Star Wars universe rendered with an eye on the major “forces” that make them who they are.
The posters are designed to promote X3’s forthcoming “Star Wars Identities” exhibit, which provides fans with an interactive experience studying how “the origins of the characters, the influences that shape them, and the choices they make during their life” have coalesced to forge the identity of each,” seemingly with particular focus on the divergent paths of Luke and Anakin Skywalker. It will also feature around 200 original props, costumes and art used in the films. And maybe, just maybe attendees will learn something about their own identities in the process. Hit the jump for the posters and more information on “Star Wars Identities”.
Last Christmas I landed one of my dream interviews: I got to sit down with director David Fincher for over forty-five minutes and we talked about The Social Network, how he makes movies, why he wanted to direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, The Game Blu-ray, and so much more. If you’re a fan of Fincher’s and missed it, click here. I promise you’ll learn a lot about the way he makes movies.
However, while we covered a lot of subjects, there were many things I just didn’t have time to ask. So when I sat down with him the other day in New York City for another exclusive interview for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I decided to bring up some of the questions I never asked. While the full interview will run in the coming days, I’ll tease you with a few things: I asked Fincher if he prefers Star Wars or Star Trek, which is his favorite Star Wars movie, and if he ever alter or edit a previous movie as George Lucas has with Star Wars. Hit the jump for his answers.
If you love Star Wars and have a TomTom GPS device, you’re about to spend $13 dollars. That’s because TomTom has just released a Darth Vader voice for their GPS system and it features Lord Vader telling you where to go.
And if you thought that was cool, according to the TomTom website, more Star Wars voices are on the way, with C-3PO arriving in June, Yoda in July, and Han Solo in August! No word if Harrison Ford has recorded specific lines for TomTom or if they’re using a computer to help them out. Either way, if you’re a fan of Star Wars, it’s pretty cool.
Finally, if you’d like to see Darth Vader recording his lines for TomTom, hit the jump for the video. It’s more fun than serious.