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Stormtrooper Kicks Off A Real Life Gun Scare In Kansas

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StormtrooperIn the wake of countless mass shootings at schools, nationwide retail chains, and countless other public spaces—there’s seriously a website called Mass Shooting Tracker—people are, understandably, a bit jumpy when folks show up with guns, even fake ones. A man dressed like a Stormtrooper from Star Wars recently kicked off something of a panic in Kansas.

KSAL, a radio station in Salinas, KA, reports that a local merchant called 911 when he spotted 27-year-old Chris Burns wandering the streets dressed up like one of the faceless foot soldiers of the Galactic Empire from George Lucas’ beloved space opera. The business owner feared that what he saw wasn’t a dedicated fan indulging in a bit of cosplay, but an armed individual roaming the streets of his hometown with what he thought was an AK-47. What he saw was a masked man toting what appeared to be a very real weapon.

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Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Could Join Mom In Star Wars: Episode VII

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Princess LeiaThe Star Wars saga spends a great deal of time on family. There’s the families we’re born with, the families we choose, and now, J.J. Abrams and company have added a touch of real life family to the proceedings, casting Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd in Episode VII.

The Daily Mail reports that the 21-year-old Lourd, still a relatively unknown commodity, has joined the highly anticipated space opera, and that she will play a younger version of her mother’s iconic Princess Leia. According to the article, Lourd was chosen because of a striking physical similarity to her mother—imagine that, mother and daughter look a lot like each other. As this is unofficial, we can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of this bit of news, but it’s a fun little piece of speculation.

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Boba Fett’s Standalone Star Wars Movie Casts Temuera Morrison In The Title Role

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Boba FettIt looks like the Star Wars Boba Fett spinoff movie has found its lead actor. Temuera Morrison has been tapped to portray the iconic Mandalorian bounty hunter.

The New Zealand-born actor is most known for another role in the Star Wars universe: Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Jango is the ostensible “father” of Boba, an identical genetic clone that he raised as his own son. So if you were wondering how one actor can play both father and son, that’s how they’re going to pull it off. This won’t be Morrison’s first go round as Han Solo’s arch nemesis—or one of them anyway, the guy has made some enemies. Morrison also voiced Boba Fett in a 2004 special edition of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Set Visit Brought Kevin Smith To Tears

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SmithWe’ve had plenty of disappointing or depressing news lately about Star Wars: Episode VII. Harrison Ford broke his leg. J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are allegedly sparring with Bob Iger over release dates, and so on. How about some purely happy news about Episode VII, even if it involves some tears? Because they’re happy tears, see? Can’t you tell from the picture?

Kevin Smith’s Star Wars bona fides and love for George Lucas’ franchise are long since established, cemented onscreen by rants about Death Star contractors and Darth Vader being revealed as “a feeble, crusty old white man” underneath his helmet. For all his success, he’s very much one of us, a true fanboy who chased his passion into a career but never lost his love for the stuff he grew up with. So you can understand why getting to visit the London set of Episode VII and see the Star Wars universe coming back to life might put a lump in a guy’s throat and a tear in his eye. That’s apparently what happened to Smith, who took to social media to share his emotional moment, complete with a look of childlike wonder and a snotty nose. Here’s the caption he included with the picture up top:

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J.J. Abrams And Disney Are Allegedly Fighting Over Episode VII’s Release Date

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AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be a massive movie on multiple levels. It will no doubt take a huge bite out of the box office, but it’ll also be the test case that will hopefully prove the naysayers wrong and ushers Star Wars into a mighty new resurgence. But with Episode VII slated for a December 18, 2015 release, the next Star Wars films has some serious rough patches thanks to things like writer changes and Harrison Ford’s busted leg. Now a new rumor suggests director J.J. Abrams may be butting heads with his Disney bosses over just when we should get to see Episode VII.

Latino Review has a pretty solid record with rumors, and this latest one seems to track with a lot of the other things that have been happening with the production. LR says that both J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are pushing hard for a release date shift back to May 4, 2016, which would give them more time to deal with the fallout of Harrison Ford’s injury and put Episode VII back in the traditional Star Wars May release window. However Disney head Bob Iger is dead-set on the December 2015 release, in spite of the various factors that might make a delay beneficial. That’s disappointing if true, as this is definitely a situation where “later but better” would be much preferred to “on time and a mess.” Okay, that’s a general truism for any project, but there’s a lot riding on Episode VII, and if it hobbles across the finish line still plagued with problems, that’s bound to affect confidence in Disney’s larger schemes for the Star Wars franchise.

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Star Wars Prequels Get The Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer Treatment

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It may be set in the Marvel universe, but Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be very much in the tradition of the Star Wars movies, especially the first one. It’s a big, crazy, colorful adventure full of wild aliens that pits a group of underdogs against a powerful enemy that outmatches them in just about every obvious way. Moreover, Guardians clearly realizes that the rogue-ish Han Solo was one of the best parts of Lucas’ movies, so it gives us an entire crew of Han-like reluctant heroes and skips the wide-eyed Jedi farmboy entirely. Instead — as the Guardians trailers keep reminding us — we get a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac, all tasked with, well, guarding the galaxy, even if only because it’s the place where they keep all their stuff. But how well would the tone and feel of Guardians line up with those other Star Wars movies? You know, the ones with the pod racing and the Gungans and the speeches about sand?