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Star Wars And Marvel Take To Twitter To Swap Lightsabers And Magic Hammers

SWMarvelIt’s been over a year since Disney stunned the world by buying Lucasfilm, and with it the Star Wars franchise. With that one deal, the future of the Star Wars franchise changed massively. As we’ve seen with Pixar and Marvel, the Disney is nothing if not ambitious, and in the past year they’ve moved aggressively, announcing new films, shows, games, comics, and more. And unsurprisingly, plenty of folks have speculated whether Disney’s various top-tier factions might team up, something we’re already seeing hints of with a rumored Pixar animated Star Wars movie. But what about Marvel and Star Wars? Well, sure enough, we’ve got our first official team-up between the House of George Lucas and the House of Ideas. Well, on Twitter, anyway.

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Star Wars Animated Movie Rumored To Be In The Works From Pixar

PixarAh, this is the very definition of corporate synergy. When Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.4 billion in October 2012, the possibilities were endless. With multiple new Star Wars projects in the works, beginning with Episode VII in 2015 and continuing with stand-alone spin-offs in the subsequent years, many were wondering how else could Disney grow the Star Wars brand. That question might have a one-word answer: Pixar.

According to Latino Review, Disney is teaming up Pixar Animation with Lucasfilm to make an animated Star Wars movie. Not part of the new trilogy, this would be a stand-alone movie that exists within the evolving Star Wars canon.

The Star Wars and Pixar brands are mighty powerful for children and adults of all ages, so this could only be a good thing for each company, if true. I never bought into arguments about Star Wars oversaturating the market. Has anyone complained that there have been so many Disney animated movies since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Sure there have been some highs and lows in quality, but Disney has a proven track record of hiring smart, talented, passionate people and then letting them do their thing. Just look at Pixar, the Muppets, and the unprecedented success of the Marvel cinematic universe.

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J.J. Abrams Says Episode VII Script Is Done, Addresses Casting Rumors And IMAX

AbramsNow that new Star Wars movies have been officially announced, and the fact that between Episode VII and the stand-alone films we’ll always have at least one new movie in the works for years to come, it’s hard to imagine a time when we won’t be waist deep in rumors about the galaxy far, far away. They’ve certainly been swirling fast and furious lately, with talk of a Boba Fett movie, and reports that Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons is up for the part that could be Luke Skywalker’s son. Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is known for playing things close to the vest with his movies, but he recently opened up, slightly, about some of the news surrounding his latest venture.

Abrams says that the Episode VII script is finished, which is good news. After Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt spent months working on the screenplay for the next Star Wars film, this past October it was announced that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over writing duties. Kasdan co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so his involvement is definitely promising. Recent rumors suggest that Arndt’s take on Episode VII was focused mainly on the offspring of Han and Leia, whereas Abrams and Kasdan shifted the focus back to Luke and his son, which would mean a larger role for Mark Hamill. Time will tell.

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Lucasfilm Opens Sandcrawler-Shaped Building In Singapore And Kathleen Kennedy Talks Canon

Sandcrawler BuildingMost people for get that Lucasfilm is a worldwide production studio with outlets and locations all around the planet. Recently, George Lucas’ former company opened a new office building in Singapore, which will be the new location for special effects artists for Lucasfilm, Disney, and Marvel in Southeast Asia. It’s good to see Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm payoff, in terms of expansion and employment.

Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the journey to Singapore to commemorate the opening of the new eight-storey building, which is awesomely shaped and designed as the Sandcrawler from the original Star Wars, and it looks phenomenal. Imagine walking down the street in a busy city, and turning the corner only to see a giant Sandcrawler made out of glass looming in front of you. It’s a clever design and will surely become a destination for Star Wars fans around the world. Kennedy also took the opportunity to expound on the future of the franchise.

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Peter Mayhew’s Twitter Feed Takes Us To A Galaxy Of Star Wars Production Pics

Actor Peter Mayhew holds the distinction of helping bring to life one of the most recognizable fictional characters in history, but there’s a good chance many of the people who love his performance wouldn’t recognize him if they passed him on the street. That’s because he was the man inside everybody’s favorite walking carpet, Han Solo’s Wookiee copilot Chewbacca in Star Wars. Now we’ve got another reason to love the 7’3 British actor, because his twitter feed has turned into a goldmine of behind-the-scenes Star Wars images. And also an “adventure goat,” but we think that’s probably unrelated.

The pictures range from the fascinating to the sweet to the silly. Just look at these knuckleheads.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Story Details And More Casting Rumors

Fassbender!The closer we get to spring, when production on Star Wars: Episode VII, J.J. Abrams’ first stab at the franchise, will reportedly begin, the more the rumors start to fly. Just the other day we heard that Breaking Bad Jesse Plemons was being called in for a second audition for a part that some believe could be Luke Skywalker’s son, and now it’s being reported that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all under consideration for a role. There are also some new details that, while not entirely specific, point to the direction of the plot.

According to THR, Fassbender, Weaving, and Driver are the latest in a long line of actors have auditioned, might audition, could possibly audition, or that someone mentioned as perhaps could be right for some part. It’s an illustrious group, and includes names like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton, and Jack O’Connor.