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Star Wars: Episode VII May Focus On John Boyega And Have A Female Villain

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BoyegaNow that J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII has an official cast and is actually filming in the deserts around Abu Dhabi, speculation and wonder has turned from who the hell will be in this movie to who the hell will be the main character and what will the story be? The latest rumor says the main focus of the new adventure in that far, far away galaxy, will be Attack the Block star John Boyega.

The Boyega tidbit is included in report over at Latino-Review, and though it obviously isn’t official, the news is solid enough from their sources that they’re down to put it out there in the world. Little more than one bullet point on a list, the report states that Boyega’s still unnamed character “isn’t a Jedi or a Padawan at the beginning of the movie.” Notice it says at the beginning of the movie, implying that status could change over time. They continue to say, “he’s the one that has the story arc that brings him into Star Wars’ greater universe. It has echoes of Luke’s arc in A New Hope.”

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J.J. Abrams Downplays Millennium Falcon Rumors (While Inside Millennium Falcon)

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Director J.J. Abrams’ penchant for secrecy is well established at this point. And honestly, I admire him for trying to keep some of his secrets secret until they hit the screen. Sometimes it gets a little silly, however, as seen during the months-long, ridiculous campaign of denial about the whole Benedict Cumberbatch/Khan thing — it was a secret that didn’t really add anything for new Trek fans who weren’t as familiar with the character’s history, and for those who were, it was obvious what was coming long before Star Trek Into Darkness hit theaters. Well, perhaps Abrams learned a few things from that experience, because he just gave the perfect response to the glut of set pictures leaking from Star Wars: Episode VII. Check out the tweet from Abrams’ Bad Robot up top.

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Chronicle Director Josh Trank Will Helm A Standalone Star Wars Movie

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Josh TrankStar Wars fans are about to get a more constant stream of content than we ever thought possible. This fall we will see Star Wars: Rebels, the first post-Disney release from George Lucas’ space opera franchise. Of course, next year we’ll see J.J. AbramsEpisode VII, which will continue the main narrative thrust of the franchise. Episodes VIII and IX will theoretically show up every other year, in 2017 and again in 2019. In the even years, 2016 and 2018 and 2020, we also know that there will be stand alone spinoff films, and the second of those officially has a new director, Josh Trank.

Trank directed 2012’s found footage superhero movie Chronicle—often referred to as a comic book movie without an accompanying comic book—and is currently filming a much-debated Fantastic Four reboot for 20th Century Fox. This should give 29-year old director plenty of time to wrap up his other commitments before venturing to that galaxy far, far away.

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More Star Wars: Episode VII Photos Show Off The Millennium Falcon

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The Falcon!Star Wars: Episode VII has a problem, and that problem is someone keeps revealing new behind the scenes photos of the set to the public. You all know how much J.J. Abrams, Disney, and Lucasfilm all hate this kind of thing, so you can rest assured that there are a number of really pissed off studio execs and key players, and that thought makes us smile. Yesterday brought more than 40 photos of the sets in Abu Dhabi and a bunch of mussed up extras mugging for the camera, and today brings more than 20 new images, including some fan favorite pieces of Star Wars lore like the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing Fighter.

Both of these galleries come from TMZ, but you have to wonder if there are multiple sources or moles within the production. Yesterday’s photos are obviously of the desert set of Abu Dhabi, which will serve as the stand-in for Luke Skywalker’s home world of Tatooine. The new ones come from inside a gargantuan warehouse or hanger where large-scale props are being constructed. It is possible that this location is in Abu Dhabi, especially considering that the space pig we got our first glimpse of yesterday is also shown in various stages of completion (this contraption apparently takes five puppeteers to operate, which sounds fantastic to us). We have also seen pictures of an At-At being built in the desert, so it’s possible, but I like to think that every extra and low-level assistant—all of whom are probably going to be fired in some massive purge—is running around snapping photos.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Set Pictures Leak For The Whole World To See

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Star Wars Episode VIIProduction on the long-awaited, oft-discussed Star Wars: Episode VII is currently rolling along in the deserts around Abu Dhabi. If you missed it, the film just added two new actors to the cast, Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. Because this film is a J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm, Disney joint, secrecy is going to be paramount. They waited so long to announce anything official that we were starting to suspect there was no movie and they were just spreading rumors. Now a massive gallery of behind the scenes photos has leaked out of the security-heavy set, and you can bet that pisses people off something fierce. We doubt whoever took these snapshots, and subsequently sold them, is going to have much of a future working in Hollywood.

We’re also not going to touch these photos with the proverbial ten-foot-pole. They came from TMZ and we don’t feel like getting the living hell sued out of us (or more likely a cease and desist letter, but those are a bummer, too). But here’s what you should do. Take a few minutes to peruse the more than 40 pictures HERE, and come back so we can discuss the matter further, because there is a great deal to talk about.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Lupita Nyong’o And Gwendoline Christie

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Lupita Nyong'oWhen Disney and Lucasfilm finally made an official announcement about the cast of J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII, though it was a big list of names, most of us assumed there would be more coming down the pipe. One of the primary issues many people had with the cast is that it was almost exclusively dudes. Well, with one new announcement, the production has addressed both of those points. News dropped this morning that 12 Years A Slave’s Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie have both been added to the ever expanding Episode VII party.

The pair joinsfellow newcomers Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley—the only new female cast member—as well as returning franchise vets Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).