Han Solo Could Play A Major Part In Star Wars: Episode VII

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Han SoloEarlier today we learned that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all in London. That news started some wheels turning. You may remember, they were in this little movie called Star Wars a few years back. Since director J.J. Abrams is rumored to be filming his Star Wars: Episode VII at London’s Pinewood Studios, and all three actors are rumored to be involved, well, you get where this train of thought went. This, of course, kicked the rumor mill into high gear, and now we’re hearing reports that the first big table read for Episode VII is going down tomorrow, as well as rumblings in regard to some of the new additions to the cast and the size of the role Han Solo could play. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll hear something about the cast soon.

Many suspect that Disney and Lucasfilm are waiting until this Sunday, May 4th—get it, May the Fourth be with you—to make an official announcement. A new report from Deadline says the cast and crew are slated to get together for the first time tomorrow for their inaugural read through of the script. Given that it will be hard for them all to gather in such a manner and not have some information leak out of Abrams’ “Mystery Box,” some speculate that we might finally have some concrete word on the cast. If this is in fact the case, we may hear something sooner than Sunday. You can bet that every scoop-hungry paparazzo in London is primed to get the first photos of the as-yet-unnamed cast.


Are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, And Mark Hamill In London For Star Wars: Episode VII?

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han luke leia star warsEvery day that passes means we’re all a little bit closer to next year’s release of J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, and that in turn means we’re even closer to the production start date for the long-gestating next entry in the Star Wars saga. And if we can extrapolate once more, it means we’re that much closer to finding something out about the movie that isn’t just a rumor, specifically whether or not Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are seriously going to appear in the trilogy or not. For now, though, we’re playing Giant Freakin’ Detective and connecting some fairly obvious clues.

Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly did some of the dirty work for us, which is good since my private detective license didn’t arrive in the mail yet. They’ve rounded up examples placing Ford, Hamill, and Fisher all in the city of London, the home of Pinewood Studios, where much of Episode VII‘s production will take place. Sure, it’s possible that three of the most recognizable actors on the face of the planet can all be in the same city as the film that they’re supposedly starring in without it meaning anything, as coincidences are as common as midi-chlorians. But I don’t think we’d be hearing about their mini-vacations in such a mysterious manner.


Dave Filoni Talks Star Wars Rebels And The Expanded Universe

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The InquisitorOne of the first moves that Disney made after purchasing Lucasfilm a few years back was to announce the cancellation of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Though many fans were bummed, they shortly announced an ostensible replacement, the upcoming Star Wars Rebels. Recently, Rebels had a panel at WonderCon where we saw some new clips and learned more about what the series will look like when it debuts later this year. Executive producer, Dave Filoni, who served in the same capacity on The Clones Wars, had even more to say about the new show afterwards.

Talking to IGN, Filoni went even deeper than on the panel, touching on a wide range of topics from the origins to the character motivations and more. There’s a ton of information in the interview, which is definitely worth taking a look, but we want to talk about some of the points that stood out most to us.


Star Wars’ First Four Novels In The New Canon — Hello, New Expanded Universe

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SWFeatYesterday one of the biggest questions surrounding the future of the Star Wars franchise was officially — and unsurprisingly — answered. We knew that a new trilogy of “Episodes” was in the works, beginning with J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII in 2015. We knew that other spin-off films were in the pipeline as well, although the details have yet to be officially confirmed. But what about the reams of so-called Expanded Universe content, stretching across damn near every medium you can think of? Disney and Lucasfilm finally made it official: while they may use material from the EU, outright or as inspiration, they won’t be beholden to it. The only thing canon at this point is the movies and the Clone Wars animated series. Well, now we’ve got our first look at some of the earliest entries in this reset Star Wars canon: four newly announced novels.


Star Wars: Lucasfilm Gives Word On What Will And Won’t Be Canon In The Future

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Star WarsJ.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII recently started filming, and with that looming on the horizon, as well as the stand alone spinoffs, the world George Lucas has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. There’s also been a lot of talk about the role the Expanded Universe—comics, books, games, and other material not directly involved in the films—may play in the upcoming movies. Lucasfilm even recently appointed a task force of sorts to decide what is and is not canon. Now we have official word of what will and won’t fall under that banner moving forward.

Lucasfilm issued a press release that says that all media that will be released in the future will be considered a part of the official Star Wars Expanded Universe. The statement also indicates that, while some previous releases may not be an official part of that world, that doesn’t mean that those events can’t be referenced in new work.


Disney Allegedly Having Trouble Figuring Out The Boba Fett Movie

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BobaFett-ep6With all the focus on J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII, we still don’t know much about the other planned Star Wars spin-off films. And there should be a lot of them, since Disney seems to be taking the Marvel Cinematic Universe approach now that George Lucas’ fictional universe is under their control. We know Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were hired on to work on the spin-offs, and we’ve heard rumors that the first batch of spin-off films could be prequels/origin stories for Boba Fett, Yoda, and Han Solo. Now the latest Star Wars rumor suggests the Boba Fett movie is proving a tough nut to crack.

MakingStarWars.net is reporting a tidbit from the Disney Executive Breakfast that took place at Disneyworld in Florida recently. Apparently the scuttlebutt being passed back and forth among the staff was that one topic of discussion during the breakfast was that figuring out the right approach for the proposed Boba Fett spin-off has been tricky. MSW says:

Lucasfilm wants Boba Fett to remain menacing and scary but we have to make him the hero of the film and it is a real challenge.