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Star Wars Rebels: Jason Isaacs Could Voice The Inquisitor

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Jason IsaacsThere’s been so much talk about Star Wars: Episode VII since it started production—especially now that Harrison Ford’s leg got ripped off on set, or whatever—that we haven’t spent much time discussing the first post-George Lucas addition to the canon, the animated series Star Wars Rebels. When that show premieres this fall, the main villain the heroes will face off against will be The Inquisitor, a nasty piece of Jedi-killing work. We didn’t know much about the character, but now it is rumored that British actor Jason Isaacs may lend his voice to the role.

Isaacs has a long resume, but is best known to general audiences as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter. The Inquisitor was the first character we met from Rebels, which takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Darth Vader tasks him with tracking down and killing the Jedi Knights that remain after Order 66 broke up the band. With all of the recent rumors about potential villains in Episode VII, it seems like he, or at least his methodology, could potentially play a role there. We have heard that Rebels will have a major connection to the continuing saga, though we’ll have to wait to see what that is.

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Even More Reports Surface Refuting Those Star Wars: Episode VII Villain Rumors

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In perhaps the least surprising turn of events today, those rumors about potential villains in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII that made the rounds yesterday are being totally refuted today. Shocker, I know, that unsubstantiated hearsay based on the word of an unnamed source could turn out to be false. Weird. Then again, the rebuttal is also unsubstantiated hearsay based on the word of an unnamed source, so make of this what you will.

Just know that there are potential SPOILERS to follow, maybe, who can even tell at this point, we certainly can’t. But if you’re trying not to hear anything about the new adventure to that far, far away galaxy, you should probably stop reading at this juncture.

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Licensing Expo Provides New Looks At Jurassic World, Terminator, And Many More

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The annual Licensing Expo is underway in Las Vegas. This is traditionally where we get our first look at the potential marketing materials, logos, and whatnot for tons of upcoming films and TV shows. As far as genres go, they run the gamut, but there is always a rather strong sci-fi showing in the house, and this year is no exception.

These images, from Coming Soon, feature things that are coming up on the schedule shortly, even a few movies and shows that we’ll actually see this summer, as well as things that are barely in the planning stages and that we won’t lay eyes on for years to come. But when has it ever been too early to get excited for an exciting science fiction project, or a new adaptation of a beloved property?

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Star Wars Insider Short Story Has Already Kicked Off The Official New Canon

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B-WingsEarlier this spring Lucasfilm addressed one of the biggest unanswered questions about the state of the Star Wars universe going forward. All those piles of spin-off Star Wars books, comics, games, and so on — would they be considered canon? The short answer is “no,” or at least “not necessarily.” While they may pull elements or characters from the Expanded Universe, they won’t be limited or beholden to it. As we head toward the release of Episode VII in 2015, the official Star Wars canon includes the six “Episode” films, the Clone Wars and upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series…and one short story you probably didn’t know anything about.

Star Wars Insider Magazine issue #149, which released this past April, included the first part of a story entitled “Blade Squadron,” written by David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams. Set during Return of the Jedi’s Battle of Endor, the story focuses on a group of B-wing starfighter pilots on a suicide mission. It is also the first story outside the films and The Clone Wars to be given the Official Canon Stamp of Approval. So, the events of “Blade Squadron” are a part of the newly streamlined official Star Wars timeline, rather than existing as part of the Star Wars Legends brand under which the bulk of the Expanded Universe material now falls.

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Updated: Potential Details About Star Wars: Episode VII Villains Have Leaked

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Star Wars Episode VIIUpdate: Well, this one fell apart fast. After the story started spreading about the MakingStarWars rumors about Episode VII‘s villains, TheForceNet did a bit of detective work that seems to have cast some serious doubt on the potential legitimacy of those rumors. Here’s Eric from TheForceNet:

As I was checking out the story, I went back to the Star Wars Rebels minute-long trailer and listened to the brief clip of Imperial Agent Kallus contacting the Inquisitor. In the clip, Kallus says (0:53-0:56), ‘Inquisitor, I have encountered a rebel cell,’ and the Inquisitor replies (0:56-0:58), ‘You did well to call.’

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Harrison Ford’s Episode VII Injury May Require Surgery

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SoloThe storyline of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII may be top secret, but its first casualty has already been revealed: as previously reported, actor Harrison Ford hurt his ankle last week while filming. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 71-year-old Ford’s injury involved one of the doors on the Millennium Falcon. At the time it was reported, Ford had been taken to the hospital to get checked out, and the official statement added that “Shooting [on Episode VII will continue as planned while he recuperates.” Well, it turns out that ankle injury is a bit more serious than initially thought, and now we’re left wondering how that could affect Episode VII’s shooting schedule.

Access Hollywood spoke to Harrison’s son, Ben Ford, who revealed that Harrison may require surgery on the ankle, possibly involving the installation of a metal plate and screws. That sounds like the sort of thing that’s going to involve some bed rest before Ford is up to full speed again. The Mirror claims, via an unnamed source, that Ford could be down for the count for six to eight weeks. It’s the Mirror, so taking that with a grain of salt would probably be wise, but it doesn’t sound inconsistent with the other information. Ben Ford has speculated that his father would still be able to continue filming, but that they just might have to limit him to waist-up shots until the ankle is all healed up. Screw that noise, this is science fiction: somebody get that man a Professor X hoverchair! Or at least a bacta tank.