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There are locations in and around Africa and the Middle East that can help filmmakers replicate alien territories. After that, the effects wizards being hired in house at Pinewood can recreate anything that Abrams, Edwards or Josh Trank might need.
What if what they want is Michael B. Jordan reuniting with Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank on a Han Solo movie? What if Jordan is playing young Lando to an as-yet-uncast Han?
Now we have Josh Trank adding one to his busy schedule. LucasFilm and Disney are doing a terrific job of filling its stable with fresh, innovative and strong storytellers. And they appear to be giving them time to map out the universes that they want to explore, as the standalone Star Wars movies reportedly will start arriving in theaters after J.J. Abrams delivers Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2016.
The creator of this alphabetized Star Wars video can’t stop here, right? If it’s a program that allows him or her to separate the dialogue in movies, can The Empire Strikes Back be far behind? Don’t you want to know how many times the name “Lando” is uttered in the Star Wars trilogy?
The first Star Wars is unquestionably an amazing film, but it's hardly the most original movie ever made. In writing the script, directing and editing, George Lucas wore his influences on his sleeve, throwing in casual stylistic references to the classic Flash Gordon serials, John Carter stories or movies like The Hidden Fortress and Metropolis.
Star Wars dropped some very exciting news on fans today in the form of two casting announcements in one. 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie have joined Star Wars: Episode VII.
The Chinese adaptation of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has to be one of the most interesting cases of an adaptation for Chinese audiences. Interesting enough that Darth Vader is fixated on an important piece of American history.
"I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt," Carrie Fisher said. "They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That's the best time I ever had as an actor. And the only reason to go into acting is if you can kill a giant monster."
J.J. Abrams is currently hard at work on resurrecting the Star Wars franchise, having just recently started working on Star Wars: Episode VII, but he is now no longer the only director working to bring the legendary sci-fi franchise back to the big screen. Gareth Edwards, who experienced monster box office success last weekend with the release of the new Godzilla reboot, has become the first filmmaker hired to helm one of the Disney and Lucasfilm's planned Star Wars spin-off movies.
As anxious as we all are about Star Wars: Episode VII, you have to imagine that the pressure is on for J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew of the film, all of whom are likely hoping to put out a film that will live up to the high hopes and expectations of the generations of Star Wars fans. J.J. Abrams apparently recognizes the value of some words of motivation...
Will this happen? No idea. The Mystery Box approach of J.J. Abrams means that Star Wars secrets are under lock and key. But the standalone movies are being developed alongside Abrams’ Episode VII, and news regarding them will have to start arriving relatively soon if the Star Wars machine wants to stay on track.
Do you consider yourself a true Star Wars fanatic? Think you know every bit of trivia, not just from the films but from the expanded world of novels and spin-off series? Maybe. But do you know Derek Lyons?
When the Walt Disney Company purchased LucasFilm in late 2012, they created a plan to not only create three new chapters in the Star Wars saga - Episodes VII, VIII, and IX - but also standalone films that would operate outside of the main story. Up until this point it had been reported that the number of projects in development at the studios was two, but that number has reportedly gone up.
More than likely, this is a misdirection. Films shoot under working titles all of the time, and they rarely have anything to do with the finished film or title. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, for example, filmed under the working title Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination.
Hey, remember when Star Wars: Episode VII dropped a stupid number of casting announcements in one shocking swoop? Well, JJ Abrams and company aren’t done with lining up actors and actresses to play the principal roles, and apparently, if the latest whispers are to be believed, they’re in the process of casting a ton of extras too