Every Star Wars fan on the planet has been speculating what the future holds for the franchise after the shocking Disney buyout last year. Hot on the heels of that announcement was the revelation that Disney had big, big plans for George Lucas’ beloved franchise: a new sequel trilogy, for one, and other spinoff movies as well. Since nothing official has been confirmed about the sequels, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to what the story might be, but early word suggests the movies would focus on the next generation — the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia (not collectively, obviously, unless the midi-chlorians are up to something kinky). If that prospect doesn’t already get your excited, the video above just might.
Now that Star Wars: Episode VII is firmly in the pre-production casting stages, it’s interesting to hear about who is auditioning for the new movie. A few weeks ago, actress Saoirse Ronan confirmed that she recently auditioned for director J.J. Abrams. The 19-year-old actress has revealed a few key details about the process that may shed light on the role she is up for.
With production on Star Wars: Episode VII rumored to begin this January in London, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm are busy getting the cast together for the new installment in the Star Wars saga. While no one has officially been cast in the new Star Wars movie, there have been plenty of rumors and speculation surrounding various actors who are up for roles in Episode VII. Now you can add Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis to that list.
According to Latino Review’s El Mayimbe, Daniel Day-Lewis was recently seen taking lunch meetings with George Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Now taking a lunch meeting could mean a number of things, including merely eating food together. But it could also mean that Lucas and Kennedy are interested in bringing Day-Lewis into the Star Wars universe.
Since 1999, fans have been terribly disappointed with the Star Wars franchise. The prequel trilogy didn’t quite capture the public’s imagination like the original films 22 years earlier. So when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012, the announcement of a new trio of films excited fans because George Lucas wouldn’t have anything to do with them. The addition of director J.J. Abrams to the franchise pleased some, and disappointed others. But still, many are approaching Star Wars: Episode VII with caution so we don’t get burned again like we did with The Phantom Menace. The above video is an open letter to J.J. Abrams about the new Star Wars film from Prescott Harvey, of the creative agency Sincerely, Truman.
The open letter beautifully illustrates what Abrams should do – in ismple four rules – to make Episode VII a successful entry into the Star Wars Saga. The video debuted on io9.com and an online petition can be signed for fans who want to this video delivered to Disney and Lucasfilm. The plea makes some great points about why the original trilogy connects so well with audiences around the world.
It’s fitting that the biggest movie of the decade will be shot in the biggest format available. Now that J.J. Abrams has found a cinematographer for Star Wars: Episode VII, it looks like he’s trying to shoot the newest entry in the Star Wars saga in the glorious IMAX format.
According to Ain’t It Cool News, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond recently addressed investors at a Goldman Sachs conference. Gelfond mentioned that IMAX Entertainment may partner up with Disney and Lucasfilm for Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are talking to J.J. Abrams test now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras.”
It’s believed that the word “test” is a typo and AICN’s source meant to write the word “team” instead. If true, Star Wars: Episode VII would be the first Star Wars movie to be presented in the IMAX format. This wouldn’t be the first time J.J. Abrams used the cinematic technology while making a movie, however. Abrams shot a few action Star Trek Into Darkness‘ sequences in IMAX, and his previous film, Super 8 was scaled up and presented as an IMAX presentation, although it wasn’t a true 76×97 feet 70mm IMAX film.
As we get closer and closer to the rumored production start date on Star Wars: Episode VII, casting meetings and casting calls seem to be on the front lines of Star Wars rumor central. After all, fans are hungry to find out who will be starring in the new sequel trilogy. A recent casting call in the U.K. suggests the possible appearance of Wookiees, namely Chewbecca, in the new Star Wars film.
As reported on Den of Geek, a mysterious casting call for really tall men emerged from an “untitled studio feature” from Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot. Gee, I wonder what movie they’re talking about? The specifications for actors seem to resemble those of a Wookiee: “Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too ‘thick set’ especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus.
It’s important to point out that actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca during the entire Star Wars original trilogy, and in Revenge of the Sith, underwent knee surgery and has been mostly confined to a wheelchair (and kickass lightsaber cane) for the past two years. While it’s doubtful that Mayhew would return to Star Wars, the British actor is exactly 7’3″ in height. Could it just be a coincidence, or should we expect to see Chewbacca in Episode VII?