"The Empire Strikes Back" Japanese Theatrical Poster
THE MOVIE: Currently in development is the continuation of the Star Wars saga created by George Lucas. Episode VIII and IX are slated to arrive in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The film’s will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8). The movie, which will be released in 3D, opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
Updates: According to Collider: “The reworked script now has Luke, Han, and Leia (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are returning ) as the lead characters with their offspring in supporting roles, and J.J. Abrams is eyeing Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver for other roles.” | Collider reports that Gary Oldman and Zac Efron have met with producers for possible roles. | Collider reports that Adam Driver is apparently close to signing on for a role that would rival the iconic Darth Vader.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the sequel will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Filming for Episode VII starts in May! | Lucasfilm confirms that the new Star Wars films will have nothing go do with the “Expanded Universe” (i.e. offshoot novels, cartoons, comic books and video games).
Updates: The offical cast and credits have been announced for Episode VII, courtesy of starwars.com: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
According to AICN (via Collider), the working title for Star Wars: Episode VII is Star Wars: Episode VII: The Ancient Fear, and it refers to Max von Sydow’s character, a villain “who makes Pazuzu [the demon from The Exorcist] look like a pussy!”
Looks like they might be taking an old school approach to Episode VII, which will make J.J. Abram’s sequel mesh with the original trilogy even more. Head over to TMZ to see the non-CG sets and creature design. We’re sure there will be CG, but not nearly as much as the prequel trilogy. | First set photos of the Millennium Falcon, courtesy of Collider.
Last month, it was announced that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will be directing the first standalone Star Wars spin-off. Today, there are several reports that Josh Trank (Chronicle) has signed on to do his own standalone spin-off. In other news, J.J. Abrams cheekily responds to all the leaked photos popping up online. Definitely check it out at Collider. | Head over to Collider for interesting interview tidbits with Mark Hamill.
News has broke that Brick and Looper director Rian Johnson has been signed to write and direct Episode VIII. There’s speculation Johnson may also write a script treatment for Episode IX. It looks like this new trilogy will continue the Original Trilogy tradition of having a new director with each film.
A load of Star Wars VII updates: Click here to see what might be Han Solo’s new costume. At the same link is info about Han’s new ship, the Super Star Destroyer (and the whereabouts of the Millennium Falcon). Also, the new villains are now revealed, as well as images of the new Storm Troopers helmet.
First official look of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Ep VII. Look closely… (Note: this is not CGI, it’s an actual model built on set).
BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says Star Wars VII is within three weeks of finishing filming. Also, if you haven’t, check out a batch of leaked images (beware of spoilers).