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Star Wars: Episode VII: This May Be The Most Bizarre Rumor Yet

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SheamusHi kids, it’s weird-ass Star Wars rumor time, but don’t worry, there’s actually some factual information here as well. It recently came out that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII would film on the lovely island Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. That much is true, as is the fact that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, was on location and just completed three days worth of shooting. The truly strange and curious part, which could possibly link to this bit of real news, is that professional wrestler Sheamus might be involved, and might play Darth Vader.

Yeah, we were under the impression that Darth Vader was dead, too, but according to the Irish Daily Mirror, that’s the scuttlebutt that’s been going around. The Ireland-born WWE Superstar recently returned to his homeland, Tweeting that he was on his way to, you guessed it, Skellig Michael.

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Harrison Ford Is Back Up And At ‘Em After Star Wars Set Injury

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han solo star warsHarrison Ford has been everywhere from outer space to doom-laden temples to the future—at least in his films—and rarely has he had to take a step back from filming to allow himself to heal. But turning 72 obviously takes its toll on the body, and he’s been taking an acting sidebar to heal from the injury he suffered on the set of J.J. Abrams’ fanboy extravaganza Star Wars: Episode VII. Thankfully, though, the Oscar-nominated actor is apparently back to walking around like a crutch-less badass again.

According to New York Daily News, Ford was photographed walking around without either a cast on his leg or the hands-free crutch that he’d been using to get around in recent weeks. He wasn’t taking part in a massive kickboxing competition or anything, he was just exiting his personal helicopter, for which he’s a licensed pilot. The only way you could tell that he’s even injured is a small white bandage on his foot. That, and all the Internet coverage on the injury.

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Simon Pegg Coyly Responds To Star Wars: Episode VII Rumors

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simon pegg star trek into darknessAny time an actor gets questioned about a potential role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, they get incredibly cheeky and put together answers that don’t actually answer the question being asked. And who is going to be cheekier than the hilarious Simon Pegg? An offhand Comic-Con comment by Benedict Cumberbatch, in which the Sherlock actor referred to Abrams’ “continuing use of Simon Pegg,” sparked rumors that the Shaun of the Dead star could be involved in the long-awaited Star Wars sequel. Pegg directly addressed this in a recent interview, and the British actor politely danced around the subject without ever saying, “No.” My money is on him being in this thing. (To be noted, I only have a penny.)

Wryly acknowledging that Cumberbatch did say “something” at Comic-Con, Pegg uses a deliberate choice of words that are full of implications and innuendo, but nothing so concrete. “J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends,” he told Vulture. “I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie.” He then shares his disinterest in people pointing at the screen and saying, “Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face.” He follows that up by calling the film cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.

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Mark Hamill Talks Returning To Star Wars, Broken Legs, And New Characters

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Luke SkywalkerOne of the most exciting facts about Star Wars: Episode VII, aside from the mere fact that it’s actually happening, is that the big three from the original trilogy—Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)—are back for further adventures. These were career defining roles for all three of them—okay, Ford has had a long, illustrious career, but for Hamill and Fisher, this was the peak—and as you can imagine, being back in that galaxy far, far away is bringing up all kinds of memories and emotions. Hamill, especially, has a decent amount to say about the matter.

Sporting a scruffy, rugged man-beard, Hamill appeared at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere and spoke to the BBC. If you buy the rumors about the plot that started circulating earlier this week about Luke being incommunicado for the 30-years since the end of Return of the Jedi, this look could certainly indicate that he’s been in hiding, like some crazy old coot out in the woods. (Perhaps he’s taken refuge on that gorgeous island off of the Irish coast that Episode VII recently rented out for filming.)

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Kevin Smith’s Star Wars: Episode VII Talk Reminds You How Much You Love Movies

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Sometimes, when he’s saying all manner of asinine things, or directing Cop Out, it’s easy to forget that Kevin Smith made a bunch of movies that I dearly love, is at least partially responsible for changing the direction of modern cinema, and is, at heart, a huge nerd and fanboy, just like the rest of us. Like many of us, the Star Wars movies defined his childhood, so when J.J. Abrams asked if he wanted to visit the London-based set of Star Wars: Episode VII, you can bet he jumped at it. He’s talked about the experience before, but at San Diego Comic-Con, in the vaunted Hall H, he talked about it again, and the result is fantastic to watch, regardless of how you feel about the man.

We aren’t in San Diego this weekend, we’re tucked in our dark, dank corners of the country, hunched over our keyboards as usual, but our sister site Cinema Blend is all up inside Comic-Con and captured this video of Smith on stage. He’s funny, engaging, self-deprecating, sarcastic, and sincere, all the things that made you love movies like Clerks, Mall Rats, and Chasing Amy. (I still like everything up to Jersey Girl.)

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Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher And James Earl Jones Only Met A Few Months Ago

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Star WarsMost of us who have seen the original Star Wars trilogy probably assumed that most of the main actors associated with each other in at least a cursory manner, but at least two of the key players from 1977’s A New Hope had never met until just a few months ago. As it works out, it took and episode of CBS’ nerdy hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory to get Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones in the same room at the same time.

Fisher, as you probably know, plays Princess Leia Organa in the first three films, and will reprise her role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Jones, on the other hand, lends his voice to the iconic villain of the franchise, Darth Vader, who also happens to be Leia’s secret father. Most of you are familiar with these movies, and while the two characters have scenes together throughout the franchise, Fisher and Jones never met. Darth Vader’s speaking voice is easily recognizable as Jones’, but the guy in that legendary black costume is bodybuilder David Prowse, or stuntman Bob Anderson during the those lightsaber battles. Jones and Fisher simply never had occasion to meet, that is until Big Bang came calling.