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Star Wars: Episode VII’s Daisy Ridley Will Be Around For The Whole Trilogy

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Daisy RidleyGet ready to see a lot more of Daisy Ridley. A relative unknown who is one of the new faces we’ll see in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII—which is honestly all I know about her, I wouldn’t recognize her if she sat down next to me at a bar and introduced herself—she apparently will be around not only for the next film, but she will also appear in Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Deadline reports that Ridley’s character, whoever that winds up being, will carry through the entire trilogy of new Star Wars films. There’s not really much more to the report than that, but she must have impressed someone at Disney and Lucasfilm during the worldwide talent search that landed her the role. Up to this point in her career, she’s had small parts in a handful of films and TV shows—and at least one film spun off from an TV show (Inbetweeners 2)—but appearing in three Star Wars movies is certainly one way to increase your profile as an actor.

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Star Wars: Rebels Reveals Seven Minutes Worth Of Footage

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Though the primary fan focus is obviously on director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, the first official look we’re going to get at the revamped universe is the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels. The ostensible replacement for Clone Wars, Rebels is the first new addition to the canon in the post-Disney buyout of Lucasfilm world. Set to premiere later this fall, we’ve been getting a steady stream of looks and promos, and the latest is this new, seven-minute preview, which takes the form of an extended clip from the show.

Set in the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels shows a world where the Empire tightens its grip on the outer rim planets. You can see that in this video when the Imperial troops arrest that guy for selling fruit on the street without a license. As this fascism festers and spreads, pockets of resistance spring up, and we see the first sprouts of what will eventually become the Rebel Alliance.

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Zack Snyder And J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Are Having A DC/Star Wars Tweet-Off

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They’re two of the biggest pop culture events on the horizon. Zack Snyder is attempting not only to serve up a sequel to the high-grossing but controversial Man of Steel, he’s kicking off an ambitious planned series of interlinked DC films designed to rival Marvel’s massively successful Cinematic Universe. And then there’s J.J. Abrams, also a larger-than-life Hollywood personality some love to hate, who’s bringing Star Wars back to the big screen in a major way with Episode VII, which will itself kick off a reinvigorated — and more tightly policed, canon-wise, Star Wars universe. I imagine Snyder and Abrams would have plenty to talk about should they get the chance to share a beer at some point, but in the meantime they’ve been busy tweet-flirting. It all started with the image below, tweeted by Snyder just as San Diego Comic-Con was kicking into gear.


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Josh Trank Had A Little Help From A Friend Landing That Star Wars Job

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Josh TrankProduction is in full swing on the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII, and we’ll see our first official post-Disney buyout addition to the canon this fall, with the animated series Star Wars Rebels. True to form, all things Star Wars are shrouded in secrecy and mystery, and that extends to the standalone additions to the franchise that will alternate years with the Episode films. All we really know officially about those is that Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards will direct the first, while Josh Trank, the man behind Chronicle, will helm the second. A hot young director in his own right, Trank still had a helping hand when it came to getting a job in that far, far away galaxy.

Shortly after the mysterious spin-off movies, which have been described as origin stories, were announced, Simon Kinberg were tagged to do some of the writing. When the Trank announcement first came down, he was in the process of directing a new Fantastic Four movie, a movie scripted by none other than Kinberg. Coincidence? Perhaps, but perhaps not. When Slashfilm recently sat down with the scribe, they asked if he had any role in getting Trank hired. He said:

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Star Wars Rebels Producers Talk How The Series Fits In And Maintaining Surprise

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star-wars-rebels-trailerStar Wars: Episode VII has a difficult task in front of it. J.J. Abrams’ film is tasked with adding new chapters to the beloved space opera saga, with continuing the story in new and interesting ways. Given the intense fan interest and scrutiny that is not going to be easy. The upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, the first new addition to the canon since Disney bought out Lucasfilm, faces what may be an even tougher challenge. Set in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this story has ostensibly already been written. So how do you deal with that?

While Episode VII must adhere to events that have come before, Rebels must take into account what precedes the action, as well as what comes after. While doing this, the writers and producers must figure out a way to pull this off at the same time they keep some element of surprise. Following up the events of Sith and setting the table for Hope is a big job that presents a unique set of obstacles. Producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg recently sat down with Slashfilm to talk about just how they went about addressing these issues, and where Rebels fits into the larger canon.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: This May Be The Most Bizarre Rumor Yet

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SheamusHi kids, it’s weird-ass Star Wars rumor time, but don’t worry, there’s actually some factual information here as well. It recently came out that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII would film on the lovely island Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. That much is true, as is the fact that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, was on location and just completed three days worth of shooting. The truly strange and curious part, which could possibly link to this bit of real news, is that professional wrestler Sheamus might be involved, and might play Darth Vader.

Yeah, we were under the impression that Darth Vader was dead, too, but according to the Irish Daily Mirror, that’s the scuttlebutt that’s been going around. The Ireland-born WWE Superstar recently returned to his homeland, Tweeting that he was on his way to, you guessed it, Skellig Michael.