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Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Could Join Mom In Star Wars: Episode VII

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Princess LeiaThe Star Wars saga spends a great deal of time on family. There’s the families we’re born with, the families we choose, and now, J.J. Abrams and company have added a touch of real life family to the proceedings, casting Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd in Episode VII.

The Daily Mail reports that the 21-year-old Lourd, still a relatively unknown commodity, has joined the highly anticipated space opera, and that she will play a younger version of her mother’s iconic Princess Leia. According to the article, Lourd was chosen because of a striking physical similarity to her mother—imagine that, mother and daughter look a lot like each other. As this is unofficial, we can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of this bit of news, but it’s a fun little piece of speculation.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Set Visit Brought Kevin Smith To Tears

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SmithWe’ve had plenty of disappointing or depressing news lately about Star Wars: Episode VII. Harrison Ford broke his leg. J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are allegedly sparring with Bob Iger over release dates, and so on. How about some purely happy news about Episode VII, even if it involves some tears? Because they’re happy tears, see? Can’t you tell from the picture?

Kevin Smith’s Star Wars bona fides and love for George Lucas’ franchise are long since established, cemented onscreen by rants about Death Star contractors and Darth Vader being revealed as “a feeble, crusty old white man” underneath his helmet. For all his success, he’s very much one of us, a true fanboy who chased his passion into a career but never lost his love for the stuff he grew up with. So you can understand why getting to visit the London set of Episode VII and see the Star Wars universe coming back to life might put a lump in a guy’s throat and a tear in his eye. That’s apparently what happened to Smith, who took to social media to share his emotional moment, complete with a look of childlike wonder and a snotty nose. Here’s the caption he included with the picture up top:

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J.J. Abrams And Disney Are Allegedly Fighting Over Episode VII’s Release Date

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AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be a massive movie on multiple levels. It will no doubt take a huge bite out of the box office, but it’ll also be the test case that will hopefully prove the naysayers wrong and ushers Star Wars into a mighty new resurgence. But with Episode VII slated for a December 18, 2015 release, the next Star Wars films has some serious rough patches thanks to things like writer changes and Harrison Ford’s busted leg. Now a new rumor suggests director J.J. Abrams may be butting heads with his Disney bosses over just when we should get to see Episode VII.

Latino Review has a pretty solid record with rumors, and this latest one seems to track with a lot of the other things that have been happening with the production. LR says that both J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are pushing hard for a release date shift back to May 4, 2016, which would give them more time to deal with the fallout of Harrison Ford’s injury and put Episode VII back in the traditional Star Wars May release window. However Disney head Bob Iger is dead-set on the December 2015 release, in spite of the various factors that might make a delay beneficial. That’s disappointing if true, as this is definitely a situation where “later but better” would be much preferred to “on time and a mess.” Okay, that’s a general truism for any project, but there’s a lot riding on Episode VII, and if it hobbles across the finish line still plagued with problems, that’s bound to affect confidence in Disney’s larger schemes for the Star Wars franchise.

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Win A Role In Star Wars: Episode VII And Dinner With J.J. Abrams… For Charity!

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How would you like to be a part of Giant Freakin’ Robot’s next Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors? How would you like a chance to possibly share the big screen with stars like Adam Brody, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford’s assed-out ankle? Look no further for one of the most amazing contests that a sci-fi fan could ever hope of entering.

The charity foundation Omaze is asking for your help, and they’re teaming with Unicef and Star Wars: A Force for Change to support Unicef Innovation Labs and Programs, which works with projects all over the world in developing services and products for children. (Solar-powered devices, educative tech, etc.) Not only do they have quality rewards, but each $10 donation gets you one chance entered into a truly geektastic drawing.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Villains Could Be Mandalorian Mercenaries

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Boba FettIn the Star Wars universe, Mandalorians are known to generally be badass mercenaries and assassins for hire. Clad in awesome armor, grim, vicious characters like Boba Fett have become fan favorites, and according to the latest scuttlebutt going around the Internet, these ruthless folks could play a key role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lately we’ve heard rumblings that the primary villains in Episode VII could be a trio of what people were initially calling “Jedi Hunters,” though that term has largely been supplanted by the less-specific mercenaries. Franchise newcomers Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) and Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis) are rumored to be two of these characters trying to rid the galaxy of the Jedi, while the identity of the third is a hotly debated topic.

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Tom Cruise Could Have A Cameo In Star Wars: Episode VII?

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Tom CruiseHere is today’s installment of the please-god-don’t-let-it-be-true Star Wars rumors: Tom Cruise could have a cameo in Episode VII. We’ll give you a minute to have a spastic meltdown that will likely frighten any children or pets that happen to be in your general vicinity, but when you calm down, we’ll get into the specifics.

The Mirror reports that the Minority Report star has been in London for a week, which, if you’re keeping tabs, is where Episode VII is currently filming at Pinewood Studios, or not filming, due to Harrison Ford’s broken leg. According to the article, Cruise has already met with members of the production staff, including director and writer J.J. Abrams himself, and the topic of discussion was trying to find a small role to fit Cruise into.